-by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director of LEAD
Loving God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength is a total body experience. Most of us know this intuitively but our training or practices keep us in our heads. Let that go!
Take a breath, before you read another word.
Now, slowly release.
It’s weird how much intentional breathing helps us to relax. As the noise and tensions in our body are released, we can be open to prayer. We can begin feeling the Holy Spirit moving as we stretch, move, and breathe.
Try taking intentional breathing up a notch with a square breath exercise.
Can you feel space opening up for prayer?
There are so many different ways to pray with your body. My personal favorites are walking or yoga. I am grateful for Rev. Gina Davis, an Episcopal Priest who has worked with our favorite artist, Vonda Drees to design LEAD Yoga Prayer Cards. I highly recommend these cards to incorporate into your own self-care practice.
I personally grab a different card each morning to use as my focus or Drishti (Sanskrit: pronounced driste) before flying through the Zoom universe. I use the pose on the card as my stretch for the day. No matter how busy you are, you owe this to yourself – the work will always bear down on us.
Someone is always needing something.
Acknowledge this as you pray.
I can tell you from personal experience, praying with your whole body will actually make you more alert for the work.