Just Breathe…

Iyanla Vanzant used “Inhale, Exhale” in a tweet and I created an entire story around why I would no longer be able to use the phrase …

I talked myself off the edge by taking some deep breaths…and remembering that using our breath to create a sense of calm is as old as breathing, and yet it might still be new to the people I’m called to share it with.

And that “Just Breathe” is my God-given gift to act on regardless of what others might be doing.

“What God has for me, it is for me…” Lyrics by Joy Lavonne Brown Cooper

Inhale God’s Promises, Exhale Panic…
Inhale Faith, Exhale Fear…
Inhale, Exhale…
Just Breathe…

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Rooted in Fear

At the root of all of the reasons you’re not doing what you need to do is fear …
Fear that someone will say no.
Fear that the people currently in your life will no longer be in your life.
Fear that someone will feel inconvenienced or disappointed and the relationship will be damaged.
Fear that those you expect assistance from won’t offer it.
Fear that you will build it and they won’t come.
Fear that pursuing your dreams won’t sustain you.

“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn.” ~ Marianne Williamson

Inhale Action, Exhale Inertia…
Inhale Assured, Exhale Doubtful…
Inhale Achievement, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe

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Distractions…

I am within my self-imposed time frame for organizing my first book. Why do I keep finding other things to do?

“Procrastination is the enemy of progress.” ~ Francisco Alvarez

Inhale Dream, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Do It Now, Exhale Procrastination…
Inhale Purpose, Exhale Perfection…
Just Breathe

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Irony Deficient: Part 4

Whether looking for opportunity or looking to escape oppression, immigrants have believed in the idea of America even as America becomes less welcoming. But it is not the opening of America that will deplete us. It is the isolating, the narrowing, the closing of America and the building of walls to keep those we fear out…that’s what will drain us.

The irony is those who would make America great want to shut and bolt the door.

Inhale Openness, Exhale Persecution…
Inhale Opportunity, Exhale Oppression…
Inhale Freedom, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe

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More Joy Please!

One of my colleagues expressed a little guilt about all the joy she’s experiencing in her personal life when the world seems scary and unsafe for so many.

I believe the joy is what we have to focus on in these tumultuous times to stay hopeful. So embrace it, enjoy it…luxuriate in the joy in your life!

“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.” ~ Dr. Maya Angelou

Inhale Joy, Exhale Overwhelm…
Inhale Safety, Exhale Unease…
Inhale Hope, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe

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Be the Light

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be the light, see yourself in others and show them love.

Inhale Light, Exhale Darkness…
Inhale Sight, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Love, Exhale Hate…
Just Breathe

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Nightmare Life

I once tried to create a life based on a choice made out of fear…and my life became a nightmare.

I’m not doing that again.

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” ~ Les Brown

Inhale Truth, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Difficulty, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Vulnerability, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe

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Paralyzed by Fear

We can often clearly see fear paralyze those closest to us. We see them stuck in situations, in sickness, in sorrow…in what they perceive as safety because they are afraid to move toward the unknown.

As difficult as it is to watch, we can’t free others from their fear. Freedom from fear is an inside job.

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3 NIV

Inhale Light, Exhale Darkness…
Inhale Sight, Exhale Sightlessness…
Inhale Love, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe

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Birth

Today I am grateful for the birth that gave hope to the hopeless. In this season of birth and renewal in the midst of confusion and fear, I am praying for sufficient strength to be hopeful, effective faith to believe, and enough compassion to be loving…

“For a child has been born—for us! The gift of a son—for us!
He’ll take over the running of the world.
His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father,
Prince of Wholeness.
His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.” Isaiah 9: 6-7, MSG

Inhale Creation, Exhale Suppression…
Inhale Inclusion, Exhale Exclusion…
Inhale Compassion, Exhale Separation…
Just Breathe…

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Happy Birthday to Me!

I’ve been thinking a lot about aging in this birthday week. And I believe that being intentional about learning new things, applying learned lessons to my life, staying holistically healthy so I can share what I’ve learned, and thanking God for it all, has kept me young at heart, full of laughter and feeling blessed.

So I will continue doing those things. Happy Birthday to me!

“Age is just a number, and agelessness means not buying into the idea that a number determines everything from your state of health to your attractiveness to your value.” ~ Christiane Northrop

Inhale Laughter, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Lessons, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Life, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe…

#JustBreathe
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