With Every Breath

 

We are fighting for the future of freedom. Freedom to choose is how we humans are made. The extraordinary rewards of this intelligent design motivates us to tell the story of freedom at the dinner table.

This story of freedom must be powerful enough to attract our interest. Otherwise we will get stuck on some other less important story. All around us we see evidence of slavery to lives forced and wounded by emotional reflexes we don’t understand. We hear the many ways used to justify being stuck with “who we are”. Pain Teaches. It wakes us out of our slavery.

Personal significance. We need you now more than ever. You are important and valuable to the future of freedom in this world.  The choices you make, make a difference. God is creating you to join into making the world a better place because you are here.

This is war and all around us are our families and friends. Each of us struggling in this same way. The committee of ideas inside our heads has an immediate reaction to this claim, often in opposition. Compassion for our selves and others is discovered through gratitude.   The emotion of gratitude shifts our location in the emotional anatomy. It changes the focus of attention. If it were not this simple we would be doomed.  Gratitude reboots the machine. “Life in Every Breath.” Intelligent Design.

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4 Responses to With Every Breath

  1. Dina4now says:

    A gift came to me today. Well, I’ll call it a gift because of course I felt unworthy. Yet I had asked for it. On certain days I had begged for it with every breath. The gift is peace. Peace in my heart, the very place of my deepest wounds. I was grateful for this reprieve, this balm of peace. When I was alone I cried tears of joy, because my prayers had been answered.

    Weather you pray or not, you must ask for peace, with every breath. Think about it for a moment. How often do we ask for this peace in a day? In a single day how often do we allow our minds and words to go to a place that is not peaceful? There lies our commitment and that which we breath our life into. Peace is freedom. Peace gives my heart, mind and soul the freedom to work together in gratitude of a life given, also a gift. Many great souls committed to peace fought for that freedom, sometimes sacrificing their lives. How committed are we? And why are we so much more committed to our misery, our slavery?

    There is no justification for slavery. But even a slave can have a vision of peace while he is yet enslaved. A vision of peace and freedom that inspires hope, a freedom song as we labor. We don’t have to save the world, but in committing to peace and freedom in ourselves we contribute to world peace thru the effect it has on our children, families, and friends. Ask for peace, pray for peace, with every breath, it will come, and so too will slavery, but once peace has been tried, you, I, we, will want more. “Thank You”.

  2. DrGilgamesh says:

    It is time to celebrate. “A vision of peace and freedom that inspires hope, a freedom song as we labor”, a glimpse of the Magnificent Woman. This sense of song is a gift to me as well, for I know how tricky this emotional anatomy can be. We need a song mixed with vision to reach our hearts and guide us home. There are times when it feels absolutely impossible to navigate and at times completely discouraging, yet when flying lessons offer a glimpse of hope, it is like a miracle and indeed an answer to prayer.

    There is a one line story I love to tell that helps illustrate this gift of “peaceful reprieve” discovered amongst our deepest wounds. We are on the trail of something very special. I claim we are discovering a language which confirms intelligent design within our own life observations. “The baying of the hounds changes when they pick up the scent of the fox.” Perhaps the emotional anatomy of Beagles can help us become more aware of our own.

    With compassion for our struggle, for it is shared by every person who lives, your words are generous contributions of personal significance to our open source language. They allow us to see how subtle the tug of war within the story of freedom. For me, freedom to choose is the Intelligent Design. You recognized this gift of peace given to you personally and accepted freedom to choose it combined with gratitude for your experience. I pray this place of peace remembered will become part of your single breath relaxation revisited regularly. Your confidence in gratitude is growing.

    On the tail of every breath in gratitude comes the daily news. There is no guarantee of peace. Yet your confidence in gratitude is growing and with it now, another memory of peace you freely choose to remember. And from this place inside your heart mind body and soul, the whisper from within this gift of peace is still there, calling. And you are responding. Hallelujah.

    Compassion for those locked in slavery. “But even a slave can have a vision of peace while he is yet enslaved.” and yet “his emotions make it hard for him to choose.”

  3. Renee says:

    A gift came to me as well! When I woke up I decided that I was going to choose freedom the entire day. I knew that I would face the tug of war many, many, many times, but I was going to choose freedom. In fact, I decided look forward to meeting this tug of war, because I am learning to recognize it and see it for what it is, a simple game that my mind likes to play, a game that can become extremely destructive. I am tired of giving into slavery, it is not serving me nor anyone else who I come into contact with while I’m in that place. I want so much to be a strong, influencial female, full of joy and light. I am realizing that this can only be possible if I continuously make the right choices and stop being so hard on myself.
    For a change, I stood up tall, smiled, took a breath and said “thank you” every time I saw the tug of war. Don’t get me wrong, this did not always happen instantaniously. There were many moments that I did not recognize the battle and sometimes it took more than one single breath of relaxation, but freedom won, over and over. In the past I would lower my head, and slouch in fear and frustration when I saw the tug of war and of course I would choose slavery; I had already given in by letting those moods consume me. Today, I thought, I will be playful with this battle. Some of the best athletes in the world have learned to keep their competitions fun, they embrace every moment, because they love the challenge. So bring it on!!!

  4. DrGilgamesh says:

    Familiarity offers us hope for grateful choices finding peace more frequently. “I am learning to recognize it and see it for what it is, a simple game that my mind likes to play, a game that can become extremely destructive. I am tired of giving into slavery, it is not serving me nor anyone else who I come into contact with while I’m in that place.”

    Thank you for your willing display of inner workings. Yet cautiously I remind us, this is war, not a game (metaphores?) and we are challenged by intelligent opposition. By our free choice we choose gratitude because it opens the door to our next free choice.

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