I invite you to try my motions for Colossians 3:14-16, NKJV.
But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
- I suggest listening to music that reflects the feelings of the selected passage. I will be listening to an instrumental version of the “How Can I Keep From Singing?” because the music is peaceful and uplifting.
- Start seated in a cross-legged position with your hands (palms down) on your thighs. Inhale and exhale at a relaxed pace.
- Then sweep your arms out to the side and up over your head. During this fluid motion think to yourself of speak aloud “But above all these things…”
- Place the palms of your hands together in a prayer-like position above your head, and slowly bring them down in front of your chest while thinking or saying, “…put on love…”
- Next, fold/cross your arms—“which is the bond of perfection.” As you say the word “perfection,” gaze upward, acknowledging God in heaven.
- As you move onto the next line of text, “And let the peace of God…” relax your arms back down to your thighs—this time with your palms up. I like to imagine I’m receiving God’s peace right there in my hands.
- Make a fist in one hand and bring that fist to your chest as you say “rule.” As you continue the line, “…rule in your hearts,” rest your other hand on top of fist.
- Now stand as you say, “…To which also you were called…”
- Extend both arms to the side, so you are making the letter T with your body. Perhaps this pose reminds you of Jesus’ position on the cross. We are all one in Jesus. Or maybe, like me, you imagine that you’re extending your arms to people next to you. In this posture, say, “…in one body…”
- As you say, “And be thankful,” raise your both arms overhead. When I do this motion, I straighten my elbows, and tilt my hands to expose the palms of my hands.
- Kneel down on the floor or on a pillow (or return to a cross-legged position if you have sore knees), and fold your hands in a prayer-position, saying, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…”
- Staying in that posture, bring your head to meet your hands and say, “in all wisdom.”
- Return to a standing posture as you say “teaching and admonishing one another…”
- Now it’s time for a walk (in a circle, or in a line, or wherever you feel led). Take large, small, or medium-sized steps—one for “psalms,” one for “hymns,” and one for “spiritual songs.”
- “…Singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Maybe you want to lift your arms overhead. Maybe you prefer to return to a prayer-like position. Perhaps you could turn around as you say this last line.