Advent Reflections: Day Eight

John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

Luke 1:3-6

It was a risk for John the Baptist the speak and act the way he did. He looked outlandish and he sounded crazy. In many ways during Advent we find ourselves in a similar place to John,  preparing the way. We find ourselves in a constant balancing act, out of step with the world when we walk the winding roads, always trying to keep ourselves on the straight and narrow.

We will move through “Hill and Valley” today. Beginning in a hands and knees position, hands under the shoulders, knees under the hips, close your eyes, inhale and let your pelvis tip, dropping your belly to make the “Valley.”  Lift your head toward the ceiling.

Then exhale, pulling your chin to your chest, pulling your belly inward, lifting up into the Hill. Follow your breathing, smooth, measured and gentle. Take your time with this to feel the stretch along your next and spine. Keep your Advent image in mind or you may choose the follow the verse:

Valley

Every valley shall be filled

Hill

Every hill shall be made low

If you are moving through each of the previous positions before you begin this one you’ll need to make a transition which echoes too, the reading for today. John was speaking about transitions, what has been, what lies ahead. The transition from “sitting” positions to Hands and Knees positions: Sit in Waiting position and roll forward to Hands and Knees.

sitting2

sitting

handsknees

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