Oh God, teach me to breath deeply in faith. – Søren Kierkegaard
Sometimes you just can’t breathe. There is something so heavy on your heart that getting a deep breath is impossible. When I was a crisis counselor, I worked with hundreds of women who had been physically and/or sexually assaulted. As I sat with them in the hospital, the one statement they made most frequently was, “I can’t breathe.”
There is no easy remedy, but there is a way to find your breath again. First of all, take several deep, slow, cleansing breaths as you sit in a quiet place. Say to yourself a brief prayer like the one by Kierkegard, Oh God, teach me to breathe deeply in faith.
For me, there is no better place to learn to breathe again than a beautiful place in God’s world. I would always choose the ocean with the warm breezes and the sound of the tide. If you need to breathe, find your own calming place, even if it is your own back yard, and begin to center yourself in faith. It works.