Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
The image of being a tree, planted by running water, yielding fruit and prospering, this is a strong visual in the Advent season. The tree prospers, the leaves never fade, the fruit comes in due season…due season. In the life of this tree so many things are required in order for it to prosper- air, water, sunlight…and in due time, in due season the tree bears fruit. When we begin this season we are that tree, planted near running water. See yourself here today, soaking up the nourishing waters, lifting up your hands to the heavens- grateful, ready, flourishing.
This reading is taken from the Responsorial Psalm for today. The response typically given, as a “response” to this Psalm is:
Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.
Today, as you consider the Psalm reading and how it strikes you during this season of waiting and hope, consider also your “response” to the Psalm. Use this response as you breathe through the position for today. See yourself as that tree planted by running water, see yourself fed by the light of life, the living water of God’s word.
Your position today is Standing Cross. Beginning in standing (or coming from Rejoice) find your balance on one foot, feeling the weight of your body evenly placed on that foot. Draw the other knee forward, contracting your abdominals for support and lifting the foot from the mat. Hands are raised to “Praise” position, shoulders away from the ears and heart lifted. If this feels unsteady to you, bring your toe back to the mat for balance keeping your body weight over the standing leg. Do not lock at the knee. Breathe steadily through the verse above or you may focus on your own “anchor” and you hold this position. Remember to switch after several breaths to the other leg.