Just breathe. Take a moment to remember what life was like three months ago. Driving or riding in traffic for hours a day, being late to meetings, having another meeting after that one, going shopping and to restaurants, entertaining crowds at home. Working too many hours.
It’s not like that any longer around here. Most of us have had at least some relief from the busyness that Jonny Diaz’s song mentions:
“Alarm clock screaming bare feet hit the floor
It’s off to the races everybody out the door
I’m feeling like I’m falling behind, it’s a crazy life
Ninety miles an hour going fast as I can
Trying to push a little harder trying to get the upper hand
So much to do in so little time, it’s a crazy life”
However, now there are new stressors and a different crazy life schedule. There are so many people with children home 24/7. That cannot be easy. So many people working in the healthcare field, with the dangers and stress related to that work. Most all of us have worries in multiple areas–financial, health, travel, and “What-does-the-future-hold?” questions. Maybe something we can all do more often is just breathe.
“Breathe, just breathe
Come and rest at my feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls but all you really need
Is to just breathe”
Our church prays together at 7:00 p.m. each day (virtually, that is). It was my turn to write our Covid-1900 prayer guide today. More here.
2 thoughts on “Just Breathe”
Breathing has an element of magic in it. I know it’s science behind it but nevertheless it’s amazing how breathing in and out brings the calm.
Thank you, Terje. Yes, it’s such a good reminder. When we are stressed our breathing is affected, isn’t it? Deep breaths ensure some mindfulness and a bit of giving up release.
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