You hear it, say it, and experience it for a variety of reasons that attempt to “settle stress.” Taking a deep breath is, in fact, the beginning, middle, and end of a peace wrapped life. Unless, of course, you prefer stress, worry, and anxiety, to joy, peace, and confidence. 🙂 If you do, then…there’s a problem, wouldn’t you say? 🙂
Actually, there are people that, without realizing it, do prefer stress and conflict. It’s the only place that feels “normal.” One type of person that is often afflicted with this are children of alcoholics. That is an important area that needs attention. But, it is not the direct design of this post.
I’m going to let you “unpack” further personal insights of taking your own deep breath, because to be meaningful…you MUST do your own “work” on it. That’s called pondering/meditation in and on the Word of the Lord.
But let me simply help you launch your own search with these simple thoughts:
- The NAME of God in the Old Testament is Yahweh. Names in Hebrew culture are about meaning. A root meaning of Yahweh is BREATH. In fact to get an idea of how it sounds, you can say it breathing in as you voice YAH and voicing WEH as you exhale.
- In Genesis 2:7 Yahweh “breathed Himself” into Adam. Not just what we think of as physical breath, but His very life.
- In John 10:10 you discover of promise of Jesus. He said that He came that we might have life. There are three words for life. One is Bios, which is physical life. Another is Psuche, which includes the soul process of decision making, emotions, and intellectual process to navigate in this earth. Frankly, that is what most Christians think Jesus is promising…better earthly experiences. Now…THAT is a fruit of it, but not the promise. Because the promise is the very “engine.” The third word is Zoe, the life of God, Himself.
- Some interpret that as an invitation to accept a limited (albeit wonderful) understanding of Salvation which means only being saved from hell so that one day upon death the “saved” will go to heaven. I do believe in heaven and hell that the Scriptures teach, but I’m attempting to expand what Jesus was actually promising.
He said that you might have life.
- HAVE in the Greek is in the tense of owning or possessing (not passively, but actively). It also is in the present tense meaning RIGHT NOW FOR PRESENT USE.
- MIGHT is a conditional statement. Actively possessing the benefit of God’s very life is conditional. What are the conditions? Basically to put yourself in position for the Holy Spirit to act upon your spirit, soul, and body.
KEYS FOR YOU TO DEVELOP THAT ANSWER THE “HOW” OF POSITIONING:
- Personal Worship. The kind where you are not asking for anything but to be “refashioned” after His likeness. Asking for personal life stuff has it’s place, but not in “taking a deep breath”
- Personal Ponder of His Word.
Now it’s your turn to learn the journey of “deep breathing.”