What can we do in troubled times?
Or how come that the simple things in life, such as praying and breathing are making the difference?
When Everything is Falling Apart
Life on this earth has always been stressful, and will always be. There are daily threats to our survival and well-being, whether from the natural world or from what we may perceive as dangerous. Sometimes we feel that there is nothing to be done. We feel that our actions don’t matter. Or that our small doings are not enough. For these reasons and more, we might feel helpless. But, saying a breath prayer is praying a word or short phrase that you can express in the time it takes you to breathe in and out once.
“And with that, he breathed on them and said, “’Receive the Holy Spirit.’” (John 20:22)
But Praying can and will guide us since there is a breath of each prayer. Furthermore, when we are praying with intention, we are breathing with intention. Praying can and does lead to miraculous emotional healing. It helps you find peace in the middle of stressful situations. Breathing and inhaling deeply is a powerful means to relieve stress as much as professional spa treatments like massages can, and when we incorporate deep breathing into our prayers, we can blow stress out of our souls and welcome in peace.
The origin of short prayers meets contemporary times
In history, monks would say simple prayers in form of breathing and this developed the history of breath prayers, which are short enough to be expressed in just one breath. Therefore the rapid pace of our life today fits in well with the ancient practice of breath prayers. As life rushes toward you at full speed, you can relieve the stress of everything through practicing breath prayers. Even if you’re extremely busy for a long prayer session, you can always and easily make time to pray when you’re breathing, because that’s a constant process.
You can always make your prayer powerful when sharing it with your loved ones. When you know that someone else is praying for you, your intimate prayer becomes even more powerful.
After you found the one who will pray for you, choose a brief phrase that expresses what you want to say to God. You should then repeat your phrase out loud and meditate on its meaning. Say the first part of your prayer while inhaling then say the second part while exhaling. Keep praying whenever you sense an urge to pray.