Still A Little Shaky

“You’re a little shaky,” the voice from the Wii Fit program cautioned.

“I know! You tell me that every day!” I shout back, exasperated.

Yes, I talk to video screens. Don’t you? Especially when they start to criticize my balance in Yoga poses.

I love this kind of exercise, because it is a way to cultivate holistic stability. The body finds a center of balance. The mind finds a center of balance. The careful and deliberate movement along with the attention and focus is all a practice of the discipline of staying present.

It would probably help if I didn’t get huffy with my programmed instructor. The trouble is, I’ve been doing this for months, and apparently I’m way out of shape, because today, day #93, I am still “a little shaky.” (Oh, it also uses the term “unstable.” Ha!)

That’s life though, isn’t it? I can reach for stability. I can practice staying present. I can aim for my ideals every day and do my level best. But I’m still a little shaky.

Is that why I crave stability? Is that why I cultivate inner peace through the daily rituals of prayer, baking, movement, writing, and other rhythms? Is that why the notion to discuss it for 31 Days popped into my head and I knew I had to go for it?

I don’t know. I just know that I can’t do a DIY life. I’ve got to invoke a greater power into this, because my strength is not enough. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be.

Thank God.

A Lectio Divina for this Monday:

“Why do you say, O Jacob,

   and speak, O Israel,

‘My way is hidden from the Lord,

   and my right is disregarded by my God?’

Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

   the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not faint or grow weary;

   his understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the faint,

   and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Even youths shall faint and be weary,

   and young men shall fall exhausted;

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;

   they shall mount up with wings like eagles;

they shall run and not be weary;

   they shall walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40: 27-31 (ESV). Read the full chapter here.


Read the rest of the 31 Days of Stability series here.

Jamie Bagley