This week I attended our ward enrichment meeting because the theme was “Be good to yourself” and Corena, our neighborhood yoga teacher, taught yoga and relaxation techniques. Corena led us through some gentle stretches and a guided meditation. At the conclusion, she asked how we felt. “Terrific!” was the unanimous answer. “Nothing in this room has changed,” she said. “The change in how you feel has come from within yourself.”
What a great message. I took my “changed within” self home to tackle a project without waiting for the second part of the meeting, “Lifelong Learning.” The sister presenting that part of the meeting had arranged a table display featuring an Ensign, a Book of Mormon Quest game, a copy of Mormon Doctrine (Yes, I know Deseret Book has stopped publishing it), a book about Jesus by an LDS author, and a cookbook of Mormon recipes. Looked more like Lifelong Limitation than Lifelong Learning.
When will Mormons rediscover what Joseph Smith taught 170 years ago? God loves and inspires all his children. We can learn much from sources outside our own faith.*
On the bright side—my ward did invite a yoga teacher to teach an enrichment class—and KBYU airs a yoga class weekday mornings. Maybe we’re on our way to seeking beyond our own borders—at least in caring for our physical bodies.
*“One of the grand fundamental principles of ‘Mormonism’ is to receive truth, let it come from whence it may.” Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 1976. p313.