This past week our focus was on connecting to our breath and our meditation came from Ezekiel 37:4-6, Prophesy to these bones. Tell them to listen to what the Eternal Lord says to them: “Dry bones, I will breathe breath into you, and you will come alive.
Our breath is a gift that often goes unnoticed throughout our day, unless we find ourselves out of breath or struggling to breathe. Any time we feel constriction in our lungs and struggle for breath it can feel very scary. But sometimes when we find ourselves out breath, we experience the intensity of the breath as it moves through our lungs, and it can feel invigorating.
This week let's take a few moment practicing what is called equal ratio breathing. In this type of breathing, we inhale and exhale through the nose for an equal count. Find a comfortable seated position. Begin by inhaling for 4 seconds, then exhale for 4 seconds. Continue this breathing pattern for a few minutes. As you begin to advance in your practice you can lengthen your inhales and exhales working up to six to eight breaths.
This type of breathing is a great way to relax the body, calm the mind, and ease any feelings of anxiety. It's a great way to focus our minds, especially if we have a lot of thoughts racing through our heads causing distraction.
As we spend time this week focusing on our breath, take notice of what your breath feels like as you inhale and exhale. Does it feel easy or difficult to maintain equal breathing? Notice how you felt before you began this exercise and notice how you feel after.
As you practice this breathing technique this week, may you find yourself in a space of peace and relaxation with every inhale and every exhale.