We’ve been socialized to move quickly, to produce, to excel, to learn and achieve and be our best, and while this is well and good and has its place in life, our spirit cries for a deeper connection. We are Spirit having a human experience, and as St. Augustine once said, ‘Our hearts are restless till we rest in Thee, oh Lord.’
How can we step back from the world and reconnect with our Source and our Spirit?
As a health and wellness coach I love teaching stress management tools that empower others with the ability to improve their overall well-being.
Diaphragmatic breathing, aka belly breathing, is a simple way to slow down, step back from the world and connect with yourself.
How is your body feeling?
Where are your thoughts?
Let it go. Breathe in deeply. By taking in several deep breathes consecutively your body and mind begin to relax. See your thoughts pass by like clouds in the sky. ‘Oh, there’s another one.’ Then refocus on your breath. With practice, you may actually feel a sense of peaceful energy flow through you. This can lead to a wonderful meditative state, letting go and being in the moment, with your breath.
It is in this state that we have the opportunity to feel the peaceful presence of something Greater - call it Source, God or Holy Spirit. Isn’t it interesting that the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles when Jesus ‘breathed on them’.
Breath – Spirit – Life – Oneness – Connection. This state dissolves any sadness, worries, upset, stress that we may be experiencing.
While processing our feelings of sadness and moving through grief is necessary and important work that must be done, the end we seek is greater peace and joy. The journey through grief will lead us there. And it helps to know that we can go to a place of knowing that when we are still, we will know who we are and who God is. How? Through experience.
“There is an ancient peace you carry in your heart and have not lost.”
– A Course In Miracles
“Be still and know that I am God.”
“I will be still an instant and go home.”
– A Course In Miracles
I am looking forward to your Share on this topic of being still:
- What do you do to reconnect with your Spirit? With God?
- What happens to you when you step back and breathe deeply?
- How does doing so effect your ability to work through grief or to let go of stress?
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Until next time, Shine Your Light!