The Importance of Breathing

The first time I went snorkeling I struggled with the breathing equipment. I had to be deliberate about keeping the tube in my mouth and not going too deep in the water. While I was thinking about that, I forgot to kick my legs to move. Luckily I had a life jacket on so I didn’t drown in my confusion, instead I floated to wherever the tide took me.

It’s easy to get caught up in the tides of life. Not really knowing where you are going until you perhaps arrive at a place you don’t want to be. Being intentional about how we live allows us to choose our direction.

We all know that we need to breathe to survive. It’s an act we don’t think about until we realise that we can’t. To be fully alive we need to be aware of what we are taking in and how we are living it out.

When I am out in nature, I love to take a deep gulp of the pure, unadulterated air. In life are we breathing in atmosphere that’s fresh, clean and life-giving or polluted, dirty and life-draining? As we breathe out into the world through our actions, do we make a positive difference; do we live towards a hope of redemption?

We need to be intentional about our living. We can do this through having habits, disciplines and a vision. What is the point of your life? I believe we all have something positive planted inside us to give to the world. We need to allow it to take root, grow and bear fruit.

We can start learning to ‘be’ by pausing and contemplating. Through this we can connect to the divine energy in the universe, which I call God, and see who we are, as beloved, beautiful creatures.

Then we can learn to ‘do’ by acting in hope-filled ways. This looks like living out the ways of Jesus such as love, grace, forgiveness, mercy, and humility. We can be agents of change and restoration in our communities and in the world.

“Over time as we yield to this mysterious work of Grace in us, we are changed, little by little. But then those changes in us have an impact in the people nearest us. That impact is a catalyst for their growth and transformation and so the rippling effect of lasting change occurs.” – Phileena Heurtz


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