COREconnection: How is your BREATH today?

So, how is it?  Have you thought about your breath today?  Perhaps this morning when you got out of bed or after that third cup of coffee, but other than thinking about how our breath smells, how often do we REALLY think about it?  Considering its importance, perhaps taking a few minutes to ponder the wonder of the breath…

It is the foundation of life.  Our first and our last act on this earth.  Breathing sustains our life by providing oxygen to the blood improving circulation.  We also use our breath to calm, focus and rejuvenate ourselves.  In Pilates, the breath increases the muscle contractions activating the core muscles and stabilizing each movement. (To learn more about Pilates Breath, click http://www.pilates-trends.com/pilates_breathing.html)  Breath nourishes our bodies, establishes a rhythm to our movements, and expels toxins- the list goes on and on- all this and without us really having to think about it.  Yet, without the breath, we have no life.

Yes, physical breath has many benefits: it gives us life, focuses and stabilizes us, and restores and refreshes us.  But what about our spirits…do we know the benefits of  breath in our spiritual lives? 

God speaks of the importance and functions of the Holy Spirit Breath many times in His Word.

We see breath as the beginning of life in Genesis 2 when God “breathed the breath of life” into Adam. 

The stabilizing nature of breath also comes from God.  In Isaiah 37, the Lord gives breath to His people and “takes hold of their hand”—you can’t get any more stable than God holding on to your hand!

But the Breath of God does more than give us life and stabilize our movements through it—His Breath can be reviving, bringing us back from spiritual and physical death and weakness.

Ezekiel 37 shows us that God’s Spirit Breath affects us Spiritually AND Physically:  “‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’ “

The Hebrew word for breath here refers to mind, spirit, bringing relief, respite, to revive, refresh.  God was breathing His Spirit into these dead bones- to give them relief, to revive them, to restore them completely back to life.

Although we are all alive, I am sure that we all have felt “dead” at times, exhausted, broken, spent, used up, depleted to the point of being on the bottom in a valley of life.  How are you feeling today?  Are you just trying to “catch your breath”?  Do you long for God’s relieving breath, reviving breath, his restoring breath?

As we use our physical breath in our daily activities, we can also work to feel the relieving, reviving and restoring power of the Breath of God in us today.  Breath Prayers are an excellent way to use the physical benefits of breath to get in touch with the truly power-building Breath of the Holy Spirit.    In our next post we will learn how to use our physical breath through BREATH PRAYERS to restore our health.  As we do this we begin to seek God’s Relieving Breath to heal us, His Reviving Breath to rejuvenate our depleted energy, and His Restoring Breath to complete us so that we can rise up out of this day’s valley and walk in perfect alignment, shoulders back, head held high in God’s will for us.

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