Our class yesterday, entitled “Connecting with Breath and Spirit” was all about how to begin or continue a mindfulness practice . We looked at a few verses from the very beginning of Genesis that reflect how core breathing is to all life. We read that “Adonai/The Mystery/Source of All formed the human being of the dust of the ground and breathed into his/her nostrils the breath of life; and the human being became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7)
How amazing is this! Our breath is a gift given to us each moment we are alive yet usually taken for granted. If we stop and just follow one intake and out-breath all the way through, it can give us a glimpse of the mystery that animates us — and perhaps lead us to appreciate all the other gifts we receive each and every day —
There is a wonderful new book out called Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Dr. Danny Penman and Professor Mark Williams that offers not only clear directions for an 8-week mindfulness practice, but insight based on the latest research.
They are sharing free Mindfulness Meditations on their website that you can download to your smartphone or play online. Highly recommend their book and website.
Their Mindfulness Meditation for Breath and Body is a great way to either get started, or remember —
Dale Arends (Selah Ysrael) says
It is the first thing we do when born,
It is our last act before dying.
Torah teaches that Breath made us more than just so much dirt.
So when you lose direction,
When you feel overwhelmed,
When you lose hope,
When you seek the will of G-d,
Do what you were made to do.
Thank you Dale. Love what you wrote.