Hebrew, Greek and Latin each have a single word that means spirit, wind and breath. All words for “air in motion.” The Hebrew Bible and Christian New Testament are full of layered, dancing uses of these words. Here are a few:
“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.” ~Psalm 33:7
“And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “’Father, into your hands I commit my spirit‘ Having said this, He breathed His last.” ~Luke 23:46
Find a comfortable place to sit outside; a bench in a park, by the sea or in your own back yard. Take a few deep breaths to settle in and release all the concerns of your day. For a few minutes your aim is just to be present to yourself in your body.
Take a few moments to notice your breathing. Is your breathing relaxed and deep? Is it shallow and fast? Is it uneven or unsettled? Watch it for a few moments without trying to control it.
Now feel your breath as it comes and goes through your nose or mouth, in your lungs and chest.
Each incoming breath sustains your body. Say a word of thanks.
Each incoming breath sustains your spirit. Say a word of thanks.
Continue your breathing and noticing. At the same time feel your body sitting. Feel your self seated. Take a full inventory of your body. Feel the strength in your back , neck and shoulders. If there is any tension or pain make an adjustment and let it go.
Now feel the wind on you. Ever so slight or full and strong. Feel it in your skin and on your face.
Let each breath of wind remind you of your body. Let it remind you that you as a creature in creation cared for by the Creator. Sit with that and say a word of thanks.
Let each breath of wind remind you of God’s Spirit dancing through your life, filling you, and holding you. Sit with that and say a word of thanks.
When you are ready ease back into the rest of your day remembering all that breath, wind and spirit hold for you.