Day 3 ~ Just Breathe

It’s been a busy week.  Not unmanageable…not impossible…just busy!

I’m not sure when we all started running so fast just to get through the ordinary tasks of a day, but the pace is undeniable.  And it’s also demanding.  The pressure to “get it done”, whatever “it” is keeps us trying to work smarter and harder and more efficiently to maybe get even more done today than we managed to get done yesterday, which only signals that we obviously have more output capacity than believed, so today’s victory quickly becomes the standard, which creates pressure to to be even busier tomorrow….well….you get the idea!

There are outer pressures to “get it done” and then there are the pressures that many of us place on ourselves.  “Today I’ll be more patient….I’ll put others before myself….I’ll try to not react so quickly…..”  We can be so focused on doing and being even the most noble and generous things for others that before we can say, “I’ve got this” for the hundredth time, we wonder how and where we’ll get the time and energy to do or be any part of “it” at all!

Once in a while the best thing we can do is just stop.  And breathe.

This song made me realize something today – while working “smarter and harder” has its place in many areas of our lives, it doesn’t really apply  very well to matters of the heart…..or healing.

I can “do” all sorts of proactive things to create a healthy healing environment; I can read great books on self-care, I can sort out my feelings with trusted friends, I can get the right amount of exercise and cut down on caffeine, I can pray honest prayers, seek insight from scripture and pour out my heart to God – all good things to “do”.  But you know what I am realizing?  Healing – true healing and restoration come at their own pace and in their own time, and it looks nothing like the first paragraph.

I heal best when I am still – when I allow myself lots and lots of reflective time and moments where I don’t “do” anything at all other than what my body does instinctively on its own, what it was designed to do…..and just breathe.

Can you stop for a moment?  Can you close your eyes and feel the breath entering and leaving your lungs? Deep, cleansing, healing breaths will do us all so much good as we are filled with God’s peace and sacred rest.

Breathing with you……<3

Jonny Diaz

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
It’s ready, set, go it’s another wild day
When the stress is on the rise in my heart I feel you say justBreathe, just breathe
Come and rest at my feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls but all you really need
Is to just breatheThird cup of joe just to get me through the day
Want to make the most of time but I feel it slip away
I wonder if there’s something more to this crazy life
I’m busy, busy, busy, and it’s no surprise to see
That I only have time for me, me, me
There’s gotta be something more to this crazy life
I’m hanging on tight to another wild day
When it starts to fall apart in my heart I hear you say justBreathe, just breathe
Come and rest at my feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls but all you really need

Is to take it in fill your lungs
The peace of God that overcomes
Just breathe
So let your weary spirit rest
Lay down what’s good and find what’s best
Just breathe

Just breathe, just breathe
Come and rest at my feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls but all you really need
Is to just breathe
Just breathe

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