Finding Your Breath: Listening to Our Bodies
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. - Romans 8: 26-30; 38-39
Our sacred texts connect the breath of God with our own aliveness–God blew breath into
us at creation and we continue to breathe all of creation in and out of our bodies constantly.
The early church also believed that breath and Spirit were one in the same. How might the
meditative practice of paying attention to our breath be, in and of itself, a prayer of
connection to God? When we embrace our bodies as the holy vessel of God, we become
even more our True Selves–which has been there all along.
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“Look, I’ll pour out my spirit on you. I’ll reveal my words to you.” - Wisdom (from Proverbs)
Have you ever misplaced your phone–which is on vibrate of course–and then asked someone to call it? We get really still and really quiet. Our ears perk up in all directions in order to be ready to hear that little buzz. It is a quieting down and high alert all at the same time. This Lent we will quiet things down and heighten our attention to the “still, small voice” of God and our own True Self. Listening through prayer as well as meditation on holy texts is an ancient Lenten practice. Come and rest, come and listen.