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MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH YOGA WAS IN AUGUST OF 1971. A DEAR FRIEND HAD JUST ENTERED A CONTEMPLATIVE COMMUNITY OF CATHOLIC NUNS, AND THE NOVICE DIRECTOR STARTED THEM OFF WITH YOGA CLASSES. WHEN I ASKED MY SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR ABOUT IT HE GOT ME A COPY OF FR. JEAN MARIE, OSB, FOUNDER OF INDIA'S FIRST CHRISTIAN ASHRAM: "YOGA CRISTIANO EN 10 LECCIONES". I HAVE BEEN USING THAT BOOK EVER SINCE. IT IS A FORM OF HATHA YOGA, FOLLOWING THE BENEDICTINE METHOD OF "LECTIO, MEDITATIO, ORATIO, CONTEMPLATIO". IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE. OVER THE YEARS I HAVE LEARNED, FROM SIDARTA'S WORDS, DO NOT SEEK THE MASTER, THE MASTER WILL COME TO YOU WHEN IT IS THE RIGHT TIME. GREAT MASTERS HAVE COME INTO MY LIFE. THE PRACTICE OF YOGA HAS TAUGHT ME TO BETTER UNDERSTAND MYSELF, A PREREQUISITE TO PRAYER, DEEP CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER - TO SLOW DOWN IN ALL I DO, AND TO ALWAYS PROCURE A BALANCE BETWEEN THE SOUL AND THE BODY. LIFE JUST SEEMS PRETTIER! BEAUTIFUL!
GOD IS LOVE, THEREFORE GOD IS HAPPY AND BEAUTIFUL!