Stress is pretty much a foreign feeling to me. But once in awhile, I feel it. Like now. I have a LOT of work to do, but my grandparents are visiting here until Friday. I can't really work when they are here. They don't much like to go anywhere, so we sit around the house all day watching whatever THEY want on TV with the volume BLARING. I am writing this on a laptop right now in the family room where they are falling asleep on the couch watching freakin' baseball at deafening volume. This is a nightly sort of occurance. I hate watching baseball.
We talk, which is nice, unless the subject of religion comes up. My grandfather and I have an ongoing debate about whether or not Christianity is a unique and exclusive religion. As in, is there only one way to heaven or not. It is interesting to discuss, but frustrating and tiring at times.
As it happens, I am reading an awesome book right now called Jesus Among Other Gods, by Ravi Zacharius. Ravi was born and raised in India in Hindu culture and eventually became a leading Christian apologist. He has great insight into the comparison of Christianity and Western culture with Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism and Eastern culture and thought. This book was given to me for Christmas and I completely ignored it until I stumbled across it a few days ago and read the jacket and realized how relevant it is to my studies of the religious aspects of yoga. God was definately working through one of my relatives to have that book just happen to be in my house right now. I never would have sought it out.
Speaking of yoga, I also picked up a book today at Jen's suggestion called The Yoga of Eating. I expected it to be a vegetarian, yogic diet type thing, but it is not at all and so far it is excellent. All about listening to your body and understanding why we eat what we eat, etc.
Two things that rocked yesterday....a 45 minute Thai yoga massage from Jen....and being assisted by Mark into a killer handstand.