INHALATIONLife is busy - there is always something happening, something new to experience - some new delight to breathe into our world. We are forever being told to "take a deep breath", to "listen to our breath", to "just breathe", to "breathe it all in".
It seems to me that the focus is on sucking it into ourselves, drawing all we can from what is on offer and filling ourselves with all that comes our way. What I've been wondering lately is.....what do we do with all that we've breathed in?
WHAT DO WE DO WITH OUR INHALATION?Do we hoard it all to ourselves? Do we gorge ourselves on all life provides and then sit back and digest it? Do we inflate ourselves full of experiences and just accept everything that we're given? Have we become inhalers of everything and exhalers of nothing? Are we saturated, and overfull, and overwhelmed?
I heard a song the other day by a band called Plumb. The words of the chorus kept repeating in my head:
JUST LET GO AND EXHALE
"Just let go, let His love wrap around you, And hold you close.
Get lost in the surrender, Breathe it in until your heart breaks, Then exhale, Exhale"
EXHALE THE GOOD AND THE BAD
I began thinking about how it is just as important in life to Exhale - both the good and the bad. We need to breathe some of the stress out of our lives, to breathe out all the pent up emotion and let it pass from us. We need to drop our shoulders, relax and just let it fall away - consciously breathe it out of our system.
We also need to exhale some of the blessings that we've breathed into our lives. We are given so much and it benefits us to share some of that with others and not hoard it all to ourselves. We breathe life into our relationships - not by always sucking in, but by breathing out - resuscitation is all about breathing into another person and we do that by exhaling from ourselves.
Life is all about inhaling, breathing in all that it has to offer - but perhaps we need to slow down a little and think about balance and breathing some of it back out. I think we need to remember to "Breathe in.......and then Exhale".