The Weekly Breather: Calming The Body

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Stop. Breathe. Close your eyes and allow your mind, body, and soul a moment to pause. What do you feel? What do you notice?

So often, I get so caught up in the work of living that I am completely unaware of what is going on inside me. I am unaware of the tensions and worries that are twisted around my body. I don’t recognize my soul’s thirst for an intimate moment when only God and I exist. I have no idea what my soul might need in that moment. But, the Holy Spirit continually invites us into mini-Sabbath experiences and offers us a rhythm of breathing and being that will not only reveal the longings of our hearts, but satisfy the deepest of them. We talk about these concepts often on the Soul Care Collective. However, sometimes it is hard to know how to apply these spiritual practices to our lives in practical ways.

This practical need is why the Soul Care Collective is introducing a new type of weekly post on our blog:

The Soul Care Weekly Breather

The Soul Care Weekly Breather will be published each Friday. This post will include a brief word about personal soul care from one of our amazing Soul Care Collective authors and will include an exercise for you to use at home to deepen your connection with God and nourish your soul. Consider this your invitation to stop, breathe, and take a moment to meet with God at the end of a busy week. We hope you enjoy it.

The following Weekly Breather exercise comes from our friend, Laura Beach, and her ministry with Equipping Lydia. For more information about this ministry, visit their website here.

Calming The Body

The “clay pot” houses God’s light.
Invite the peace of Christ to calm your body.

Take deep breaths in and out. Let your body begin to calm with the peace of Christ in each breath. Welcome the presence of God as you breathe.
Pray: “Holy Spirit, You are Ruach, the Breath of life. I welcome you as I breathe you into my body.”
As you continue to breathe, let your body be present in this space and time.

Scriptural Reflections:
Genesis 2:7 – “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
Psalm 18:15 – “The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.”
2 Corinthians 4:7 – “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

Laura Beach also provides mini-retreats for grief care in her new book, Rhythms of Restoration. You can download an e-book sampler that includes five of the retreats from this book from Seedbed. You can also purchase her full book in print or electronic versions at the Seedbed store.

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The vision of our team is to provide resources designed to encourage individuals in personal soul care and to equip them to care for others within the context of their own vocation, all from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective. We hope that this site is a means to connect resources with those who are in need of training and experience—including pastors, counselors or anyone caring for others.

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