SHINE: Joy By The Spirit — The Joy of One Simple Breath

SHINE … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

The Joy of One Simple Breath

© 2012 Tonya M. Evans

April 22, 2012

As I searched for some inspiration and material for a completely unrelated topic I intended to cover today, I was listening to an Oprah Life Class® replay on OWN that featured Iyanla Vanzant. Iyanla was shepherding a young man named Joseph through a forgiveness exercise to help him (and the audience by way of example) release anger, blame and resentment against his father. [Watch this powerful “Forgiveness Life Class” episode here]

Admittedly, I was “tuned out” and therefore not catching every word. My primary focus was on reviewing my notes from the past week for sources of inspiration. I was, as they say in New Age parlance, “in my head” and somewhere other than the present moment. I guess you could call it a trip to “multi-tasking land”, doing everything at once but nothing with my full attention.

But a phrase kept breaking through and whispering to my spirit:

“take a breath”.

Each time Iyanla encouraged Joseph to “take a breath” I found myself inhaling deeply and exhaling fully. Every time she said “take a breath” I became aware that I was either holding my breath at that very moment or only taking very shallow breaths. I stopped “typing and researching” and realized that Spirit had again used my own acts of teaching to teach me.

Spirit again met me where I was – in my far away mind – to invite me back to where Spirit dwells, in the here and now. The simple act of a deep, conscious inhalation and exhalation – one breath – returned me back to my own body, to what I needed in the moment … back, I suppose, to the moment itself.

If you doubt the importance and impact of one simple breath, imagine the newborn who has just transitioned into this world; or the person who has been submerged under water against her will and bursts through the water’s surface one breath before she drowns; or the final breath of surrender I saw my grandmother take before she transitioned out of this plane of existence just a few shorts week ago; or the deep breath of resignation and acceptance I took in the every next moment.

As Oprah often says, “when you learn, teach” (a lesson she learned from Dr. Maya Angelou). So I offer to you what I (re)learned today. Remember to breathe today. Use the joyous life cycle of one deep, conscious breath to return to the present moment; the space where Spirit dwells and your divine and creative power thrives. When in doubt (or fear, or confusion, or anger, or unforgiveness, or pain, or hate, or judgment or [insert constricting, limiting thought or emotion here]), stop and take a breath!

Take twelve minutes right now (or soon!) to look at the video below as Iyanla guides us in the power of taking a breath! And please share your thoughts in the comments section on the power in your life of one simple breath.

 

For more spiritual food for thought from Tonya, visit www.wisdominthewhisper.com

Advertisements

Share your thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: