Words to SPARK your Heart-Song – Episode #170

October 23, 2023

Cleansing breaths.

Hi everyone. I’m Sherry Douglas with Heart-Song. We know that taking deep breaths in through our nose and out through our mouths is a good way to release stress and even help with pain – like during labor preparing to give birth. That type of breathing is called cleansing breaths. Some add phrases to it to create a breath saying. It could be as simple as to inhale and say, “Today is a good day.” Exhale and say, “Today I have joy.” Some utilize this way of breathing in spiritual practices. It could be to inhale and say, “Lord, you are good.” Exhale and say, “Your mercies are new every morning.”

Recently I had the privilege of eating a dark chocolate Dove candy. Actually, I had two because you know how hard it is to eat just one. Besides how wonderful it tastes, an intriguing thing about Dove Chocolates is that each individually wrapped piece has a message printed inside the wrapping. One of mine said, “Inhale the future. Exhale the past.”  Those seem to be perfect phrases that can fit with breath sayings. We’ve talked before that we can sometimes get stuck along the path we want to walk. We stay focused on the past when what could bring us joy or help us move on is to let go of the past and instead focus on the future. “Inhale the future. Exhale the past.”

This next week, let’s practice saying these phrases or other phrases you choose. They can be a way to pray, but also a way to encourage yourself to welcome the future and let go of the past.

Live the way you want to be remembered.

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