Making Friends with My Body and God
By Lyndsey Medford
Day 1 of 3: Breathe
Our bodies aren’t just “good” in an abstract sense; they’re sacred places where we can meet God. How can connecting with our bodies in everyday moments help us practice the presence of God’s love? This excerpt is from the guided journal, Making Friends With My Body and God, which connects scripture to practices for unearthing and overcoming negative scripts about our bodies—so we can be more grounded and present in the world, more kind to ourselves, and more connected with God and others.
The LORD formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.
How do you imagine God interacts with you? Draw or describe it.
Why do you believe God created the physical world?
What in the universe inspires you to awe? How might God feel about it?
Set a timer for two to five minutes and practice a breath prayer.
Choose a name of God, phrase, or Bible verse to focus on and pair it with your breath (saying half of it on the inhale and the other half on the exhale). Focus on your breath and trust that other thoughts can be allowed to fall away.
You don’t have to come up with a deep thought, lesson, or insight; the focus is just on being with God.
Before you carry on with your day, take three to five slow breaths, focusing on expanding your lungs to their fullest capacity and slowly emptying them as much as possible. Ask Holy Spirit to remind you of God’s presence with you throughout your day.