When I began studying martial arts, my instructor would yell at me “Breathe!” He would remind us all to remember to breathe. At first it seemed a little silly “remember to breathe?” The point, however, was simple. When we would practice a form, we would tighten our body and concentrate so hard that we would forget to breathe. We would tire and weaken from the lack of oxygen. As I moved up the ranks and began teaching, I would notice the same thing over and over again with the new students.
Relax people. Breathe! We often hear that we should take a break and relax (which is true) but we also need to relax and breathe while we’re in motion. We can’t go all day without breathing in the natural and we can’t go all day in the spiritual without breathing either.
Take a breath. Relax. Calm yourself and remember who is in charge. Allow the Holy Spirit to enter in.