BREATHE AND REST
Breathe is the Five Minute Friday word for this week. I wonder what it was like to be the first human, to take that first breath, to look around and see all that God had made. Did Adam think about breathing or did it just come naturally? Did he gasp at all the beauty of new creation? How about us? Do we stop to enjoy and wonder at creation? We all need to breathe and relax.
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Did Adam think about breathing or did it just come naturally? Did he gasp at all the beauty of new creation? I know that nowadays I don’t really think about breathing, unless I’m congested and am having trouble. Breathing is a natural body function when working properly. It’s something we do without which we would die.
Sometimes it is hard to breathe when the air is stale or the oxygen supply is low. I am blessed to live in a place where I am close to the woods. There is usually fresh air in plentiful supply. That’s one reason I love to go outside when inside seems stuffy.
TAKE TIME TO BREATHE AND RELAX
There are times when I get so busy that I realize my neck is tight and I feel stressed. That’s when I need to think about how I am breathing. In order to relieve some of that stress I practice some slow breathing.
Breathe in slowly through your nose, hold it a few seconds then let it out slowly through your mouth. When I do this and consciously relax my tight muscles it usually is refreshing. I just take a few minutes of this slow breathing, and it forces me to pause.It gives me time to think about whether I need to keep working or take a rest.
When I do take time to stop, to rest and just sit outside and breathe, I can be more aware of my surroundings. I am able to find the beauty in the ordinary and sometimes have more of a sense of the Presence of God.
The first verse of an old hymn came to mind when I saw the prompt for this week. The title is Breathe On Me, Breath of God, and the words were written in the 1800’s. Here is that verse which is also my prayer:
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love,
and do what thou wouldst do.
If you want to see the rest of the lyrics and learn more about the song, I found a short essay HERE that might be of interest.