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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Breath of Life: BREATHE and Experience the Breath of GOD

Portia Lockett
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
- Mark Twain

Some religious traditions make breathing a central practice of meditation.  Deep breathing releases stress and concentrate our attention.  A period of deep breathing at the start of every meditation can prepare us to be more focused and calm.

 Here's how to release stress:
  1. Sitting upright and quiet become aware of your breathing.  Do not try to control or analyze the process of respiration; simply become conscious of it.
  2. Follow your breathing carefully.  Slowly inhale through your nostrils and let the air flow all the way to the bottom of your diaphragm, filling your lungs completely.  Then slowly and gently exhale through your mouth.  Again, inhale deeply and exhale slowly.  Do this ten times.
  3. As you continue to breathe deeply, imagine that each time you inhale you are filling yourself more and more with God’s peace.  Imagine as well that each time you exhale you are breathing away your cares, tensions, and fears.
  4. Keep doing this exercise for 5 minutes or until you feel that you have exhausted its value for you.   

When you are done, thank the God who is for you and for all people, the breath of life.

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