My apologies to those of you who are receiving this twice today. I am still getting the “bugs” out of the group email.
On Tuesday we explored the ancient spiritual practice of “breath prayers.” Using Scripture we inhaled and exhaled deeply in order to be present and grounded at this tumultuous time.
What Scripture (s) were you drawn to? Did you experience peace? hope?
To further our “breath prayer” practice I have provided a guide to help us go deeper with God.
1. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and remember that God loves you and you are in God’s presence.
2. Imagine God calling you by name, asking “(Your name), what do you want?”
3. Answer God honestly with whatever word or phrase comes from deep within you.
4. Choose your favorite or most natural name for God.
5. Combine your name for God with your word or phrase to form a brief prayer that flows smoothly.
What I Want
Name for God
Let me know your peace, O God.
Jesus, let me feel your love.
Eternal Light, guide me in your way.
Repeat the prayer for a few minutes, allowing the words to settle into a regular rhythm. If more than one idea arises, you may need to ponder what the deepest desire of your heart is. A helpful question to ask is, What do I want that will make me feel most whole? In creating your own breath prayer, you might take several days of reflection to discover what is best for you. Be patient, and let the words emerge from your deepest longings. When you have discovered your prayer, begin to practice it at different times during the day. You might pray it before you get out of bed in the morning or prior to retiring for the day. You may pray it when you are out for a walk. You could breathe and pray when you become anxious, frustrated, or bored.
Breath prayers remind us that praying is as natural as breathing.
Let us pray,