Welcome to the first of our seven-day practice celebrating the seemingly “little” things that can support us in meeting difficult circumstances with greater resilience, generosity, and ease. We invite you to close your eyes and take one or two slow, deep breaths. Now, let's begin...
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Breathe. Breathe. Breathe some more. Throughout the day, whenever you remember, simply take a couple of slow, deep, even breaths. Allow yourself to feel and appreciate that most essential gift which quietly and generously supports your life and joins you with all living, breathing beings on the planet.
Can you experience your breath as a gift in this moment?
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Grateful for the Breath of Life!
Thank you for returning me to my body. I am awash in calm.
One of the most vivid memories in my life was laying my son down to sleep one night, who was 3 years old then, and focusing on his breathing as he rested. Little did I know a few hours later I would be joining my mom and brother at a hospital hearing my dad breathing with the aid of a respirator. The contrast between those two types of breathing was jarring and will forever remind me of the gift of breath. I thank our Creator for this wonderful gift today.
Breath indeed starts us in life and bids us farewell. Having had the privilege of being at both my parents deathbeds and observing the waning rhythms of life is a moving experience.
Thank you for this profound reminder. We enter on the breath and we exit on the breath – all part of the beautiful flow of Life.
To breathe is to flow. Being aware of it when possible, lets it take you away to moments of deliberate gratefulness. Thanks, gratefulness.org staff, for the reminder!
I am so happy to be again participating in one of Gratefulness.org’s retreats and reflections. For me, remembering to breathe can often be the hardest, yet simplest, thing to remember to do in stressful situations. While focusing on God is important, it is nearly impossible to calm oneself in moments of anxiety in order to reach God without that first, simple breathe.
Well-said and so true for me,too. Thank you.
Thanks Peg! I’ve found that it’s often the simplest things, the very rudiments of positivity and gratefulness, that connect me immediately to that space in which God calls. I feel the same when I see a beautiful flower, or a picture of my grandmother, who passed several years ago. These are connections to ourselves, to calm, and, ultimately, to Christ. ❤️
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