“And Breathe Again”
In 7 minutes my time (CST), I will step into a new year. We will all move from one time frame and phase of our lives with just the movement of time. I write this post as one of reflection and encouragement. As we move into another year or phase in our lives, I hope you will take the time to inhale and exhale and breathe again. Oh, I know you may say that’s what I do every second of my life and you’re right, and so do I. Yet, I think back to a nice, beautiful day in November, a day that I had off from work due to an appointment. After it was over, I decided to make some personal, quite time for myself at my favorite reflection spot at the local lake.
It was there where I grabbed my Bible, my notepad, and all my thoughts for I was going ‘fishing’ for words of wisdom, guidance, direction, and encouragement. That day I breathed in my surroundings, that day I breathed in the warmth of the sun on my face. That day I tuned my ears to absorb the sounds of the birds. That day, I breathed in the relaxing view of the lake and the flow of the water. I watched a fisherman hope to make a catch, the ducks floating along in their own habitat, and the plane in the distant sky, moving towards the Nashville airport preparing to make its descent. It felt good to just breathe, to breathe deeply, and exhale! At that point, I closed my eyes and inhaled deeply and exhaled (glad for a few yoga breathing classes). I mentally imagined that I was inhaling all things positive and exhaling all of the negative ‘crap’ that I breathed into my life. I was inhaling my purpose, my strength, wisdom, health, my dreams, visions, and goals. When I was exhaling, I was letting go of disappointments, hurts, wounds, miscalculations, mistakes, lack of faith, and other negativity that had been stirring around within me. As I inhaled, I began to declare out loud, positive affirmations and for every exhale, I declared out those negative things that I knew I had taken in. Sitting there, I knew I had to learn to inhale and exhale so I could breathe again, dream again, live again, and write again!!! :
I share this you, so that whatever it is that has set on your chest and has all but slowed your breathing to a shallow point, rise up, take a lot of deep breaths, Inhale positive, exhale (let go) of those things that are blocking your passageway to better and learn to breathe (live) again as we go strong into 2018!
I think I will follow up with more thoughts on this topic in a future post. Until then, be blessed. Much love to you!
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