Using the Breath to Create Rhythm

There are certain words that are very good for us to internalize.  Sometimes, we use the breath as a way to make a phrase more deeply felt.

At it’s most basic, there are 2 parts to the breath: the inhale and the exhale.  The inhalation is a time of turning within.  It brings about an awareness of our inner landscape.  It suggests a focus on the mind, spirit, and soul.  It makes us aware of God within.    The exhalation, on the other hand, turns our attention and energy outward.  It summons our focus to the world we exist in.  It suggests a focus on our context.  It turns our eye to the God who lives outside of us.

We might find that the words that we want to say have a natural division.  In a case like this, we might pair the first half of the phrase with the exhale.  We might pair the second half of the phrase with the exhale.  For a more specific specific example of this practice, click here.

To use the breath in a practice inspired by St. Francis’ night asking ‘Who am I God?’ and ‘Who are you, God?’ click here.

On the other hand, we might focus on the words in just one half of the breath.  We might use our inhale for the sentence and the exhale for a time of silence.  Or we could try the reverse, allowing the inhale to create a time of silence and reserving the exhale for our sentence.  To give a try to this, click here.

Sometimes, the phrase won’t want to split itself into two.  If the phrase naturally lends itself to three, we could continue to apply these three phrases to the two parts of our breath.  To try this, click here.


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