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Background: There are many words which we might want to fully embrace. Repeating these can be a powerful thing. One of the most powerful ways to do this is to split the phrase in half, and assign each half to a part of the breath.
There might be a phrase you wish to substitute with the one in the exercise below. Please feel free to do this.
- Place your feet flat on the floor.
- Breathe a few breaths. Relax.
- With your in-breath, place your hand on your abdomen. Bring your attention to really filling your lungs all the way, starting at the bottom and feeling the movement of your belly.
- Exhale. Say to yourself, “Yes. Yes. Yes.”
- Inhale. Say to yourself “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”
- Continue this pattern for most of your practice today.
- Release these words. Continue your calm and slow breaths. Enjoy a time of union.
When you can, today, return to this breath practice. “Yes. Yes. Yes.” “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”
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I find that I smile as I do this practice, for the most part. Usually saying yes makes me think of what God is asking of me and my willingness to say yes. Sometimes those things are hard to say yes to. That’s when I don’t smile.
When I say thank you, many things that I am grateful for come to mind. Sometimes hard things come to mind, like financial challenges. I vacillate between wondering if I can be grateful for the challenge itself, or for God’s answer to it.