Last week we practiced equal ratio breathing. This is when we breath through both nostrils, equal counts on the inhale and exhale. We played with the length of our breath and explored what it feels like as it moves through our bodies.
This week we will continue that breathing practice. Maybe try lengthening your inhale and exhales by another second or two. Find what breathing pattern feels good for your body. Take notice of how you are feeling both before you begin to breath and after.
Breathing is one way we connect to the Spirit. It doesn't require much on our part since we breathe naturally. But when we begin to focus on our breath and the connection we have to the Spirit, it can become a beautiful meditation. Breath prayer is an ancient practice that dates back to around the 6th century. It's a type of prayer that is often spoken silently within. It's one type of spiritual practice that draws our awareness to the Spirit.
This week we will focus is on connection to community, and the ways that community is part of wholeness. We will meditate on 1 Corinthians 12:24-27
“But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
This week continue to practice equal ratio breathing, and if you are comfortable with exploring breath prayer as a part of your spiritual practice, you can play around with all or part of this prayer. Feel free to change the words for what feels natural to you.
On your inhale pray: "Spirit you created me for wholeness"
On your exhale: "Help me to feel whole"
Inhale: "Spirit you created me to be connected"
Exhale: "Help me to feel connected"
Inhale: "Spirit you created me for community"
Exhale: "Help me to be in community"