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  • Writer's pictureKatharine Krul


Hold your breath; Catch your breath; Baby’s breath; It will take your breath away; Breathe a sigh of relief; Take a deep breath; Breathe in; Breathe out; Breath of life.

Most of the time we don’t notice when or how we are breathing. I invite you to pause for a moment and just notice your breath...without changing anything. Are you breathing quickly? Slowly? Shallow? Deep? Now, take a moment and think about your breath and what happens when you breathe in. Your belly expands; your lungs expand; and your shoulders may even lift a little bit. This instant of breathing in, is a gift. Did you know that?

May you be thankful for the breath that nourishes your body and calms your mind. Imagine healing and health with each inhale, and then imagine exhaling all that does not serve you: negative thoughts; old patterns and behaviours; disease and illness. See it, breathe it and believe it to be so. And when you do, may you notice a little smile in the corners of your lips, and in the deep pockets of your soul.

I have become deeply aware of my breath and its connection to my life, my emotions and my spirit. My breath feels like a bridge connecting my body to my thoughts; connecting what is to what isn’t; connecting being to doing...but mostly I sense a connection to God when I breathe, each and every time. I feel the connection between God and myself. There was a time in my life when I thought that God was “way over there”, but now I know that God’s breath is our breath; God’s hands are our hands, and God’s voice is our voice. God is within us all.

“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.” Text: Edwin Hatch

Are you thinking about your breath now? And does it make you smile?

©kekrul, October 31, 2011

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