A Breathing Prayer


ALong the coast Northern Queensland

ALong the coast Northern Queensland

I have had several requests for this prayer recently.  I use it in the introduction to my GodSpace workshops and wrote it last year when I was in a time of really needing to center down myself.  It really helps me to relax and focus on God.

I suggest that people sit with their hands in their laps palm up while they say the first line and take a deep breath then turn palms down and breathe out as they say the second line.  The lines in bold can be recited by the whole group if you like.  Enjoy

Breathe in the breath of God

Breathe out your cares and concerns

Breathe in the love of God

Breathe out your doubts and despairs

Breathe in the life of God

Breathe out your fears and frustrations

We sit quietly before the One who gives life and love to all creation,

We sit in awe of the One who formed us in our mother’s wombs

We sit at peace surrounded by the One who fills every fibre of our being

Breathe in the breath of God

Breathe out your tensions and turmoil

Breathe in the love of God

Breathe out your haste and hurry

Breathe in the life of God

Breathe out your work and worry

We sit quietly before the One who gives life and love to all creation,

We sit in awe of the One who formed us in our mother’s wombs

We sit at peace surrounded by the One who fills every fibre of our being

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19 Responses

  1. this is amazing.

  2. this is a lovely prayer – thanks. i have added it as a worship trick on my blog – hope this is ok?! have also added your blog to the list of blogs i link to. peace

    • Jonny, I don’t mind at all. I always enjoy it when others find my prayers useful and want to pass them on to others as well. Many blessings on all you do to help us in worship. I have learned so much from following your work over the years

  3. I’m planning to use this prayer for our alternative worship tomorrow night. Thanks!

    Blessed Lent!

  4. Peace Christine,

    This is a beautiful prayer, and it sounds very much like the zikr (remembrance) ceremony of Sufi Muslim groups, which also focus on the breath as one of the primary (and often unnoticed) gifts of God.

    God willing, I’ll be stopping by again.

    Abdur Rahman

  5. thanks christine. on a similar note, a friend of mine once told me that he liked to focus by inhaling “grace” and exhaling “peace.” i was just reminded of that today as we studied paul’s greetings.

    this prayer also brought to mind a recent nouwen excerpt: “God wants to be as close to us as our breath. God wants to breathe in us, so that all we say, think, and do is completely inspired by God.”

    pneuma!

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  11. Just did this with my three year old daughter. Did not last long but she thoroughly entered in and was eager to do the breathing bits.

    Thank you for this.

  12. Lovely. I think we need to teach young kids to enter into prayer in as many ways as possible

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