Then he said to them all: "If anyone wants to be my disciple, you must deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and follow me."
This passage was shared this morning during service at First Lutheran Church as the visiting Pastor ended his sermon. It resonated very powerfully for me, so I wrote it down in order to contemplate it later. As I often do when I attend Church services, I internally translate from Christian to Yoga in order to gain an understanding. This ability to interpret these profound teachings has evolved over the years. Growing up Catholic, I struggled with certain words like 'sin' and 'devil,' and longed for the deeper meaning behind them. This is what drew me first to Buddhism and then to Yoga, for their ability to open my mind and my heart, and what now allows me to embrace the brilliance and simplicity of Christ's teachings.