by Christine Sine
Last week in my post Learning to Breathe with God I shared a section from my book Return to Our Senses where I first talked about the importance of breath prayers. These have become increasingly important for me over the years yet I must confess that in the last few years though I have written more breath prayers than ever before, I have actually used the YAHWEH breathing exercise less. And that I am realizing has left a big hole in my heart (or maybe in my lungs). Every breath we take is indeed a breathing in and out of the name of God. Wow, that is incredible and we so take it for granted.
Deep breathing is important for our physical and spiritual bodies. As we age there can be a 20% reduction in blood oxygen levels due to normal shallow breathing. Practicing deep abdominal breathing for five minutes several times a day where we consciously fill our lungs using all our abdominal and thoracic muscles reduces stress, calms our souls and reduces our risk of heart and respiratory disease.
Learning to breathe properly, not just allowing breath to fill lungs but also to fill our souls as we breathe in the loving presence of God is a wonderful way to strengthen our physical and spiritual bodies. And it only takes a few minutes a day.
Breathing in and out the name of God YAHWEH is one of the most beautiful breathing exercises I have discovered and I value Richard Rohr who introduced me to it. Since my meditation last week I have started using it again in the morning and again in the evening before I go to bed and I heartily recommend the practice to you. I am also eagerly awaiting the delivery of our new breath cards which you can preorder until February 20th at a discount price.
One of the cards introduces a new prayer that I wrote in response to the YHWH prayer:
I have also been watching this breathing meditation again. One of my favorites and the sound of water in the background I find very relaxing. Enjoy, and don’t forget to pre-order your cards as well.