While breathing with the llamas this past weekend on Whidbey Island I learned about breath prayer. How to create one – how to let it evolve. Using it this week has moved me to a new place and although prayer is so personal and intimate I want to share it with you.
Breath prayer has a history I’ve already forgotten because I have taken the part that works for me and applied it to my life. One week into this and I am talking like I have been doing it for years — well, in some ways I have. I just now have a name for it.
A breath prayer has two parts and in general the whole of it makes up 6 to 9 syllables. The first part is a praise or name you have for God: Beautiful Creator, Source, Mystery, Big Guy in Sky, Loving Mother, Father, Abba, Yahweh,….you get the idea, the bigger picture outside of yourself. The second part consists of your petition or desire: Grant me, Lead me, Show me, Teach me…express your deepest desire in a few short words. Is your desire wisdom, love, patience, peace, joy, trust? Lay it out before your God in a long deep breath.
I created one that has been working for me and drawing me out of my head to a place of love. I utter it to myself when I got off track, think negative thoughts that aren’t doing any good. Mine has even turned into a song, I hum it now not just when I need to get back on track, it is becoming part of me. And isn’t that what prayer is? An inhale and an exhale. The less words the better so you can hear the beauty that comes in the silence. The gift in a simple breath.
by J.G. McGlothern