You Just Have To Keep Breathing
Sometimes what we need is simply to remember to take the next breath. Life can throw hard punches to all of us. The wind gets knocked out of our souls and we feel our spirits staggering to regain footing. Panic, pain and dread creep in as we gasp for air. We just need to catch our breath...
I had a moment this week where insecurity took my breath away. Funny, I wrote a post a few weeks ago about uniqueness and how we can be so bogged down trying to find our own brand of "special". Yet here I was, giving into the temptation to look at a peer and compare myself.
Each person has their own demons they struggle with. My insecurity isn't so much what other people think about me, the number on a scale or if I am liked. The battle I face is an internal one. There are times where I feel insecure about how my personality comes off or if my failures will define me.
This isn't embarrassing for me to share because I know that we all have our own places of vulnerability - the place we loose our breath. Maybe it is low self-esteem, feeling isolated, fear of the unknown or being hyper-performance driven.
The holidays bring pain for many people whose vulnerabilities are centered around their families. Perhaps you experienced an abusive childhood, absent parents, you are single and long for a family of your own.
I don't know what your is, but you do. You know the cause of your stress, anxiety and makes you want to switch off.
When I feel that heaviness creeping in I remember that this isn't the way I was meant to live. The unsettiling tide of dread and suffocating situations do not have to be my normal. I remind myself to breathe.
I slow down & remember that my life is bigger than this problem I am facing.
I remind myself that I can choose to let go of the burden I am carrying.
My thoughts focus back on what I truly value & what matters to me the most.
I also meditate & recite this passage:
"... For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither present nor future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
- Romans 8:37
If you don't have something to cling to in those moments of vulnerable pain, I recommend meditating on this. Not one single thing - not terminal illness, personal failure, abusive pasts, an unknown future, addictions, no situation or circumstance, nothing you could have done could separate you from Love.
When I take time to slowly breath and meditate on that Truth, I find myself refreshed and ready to walk through whatever is confronting me.
Some of you may need professional help to assist you in catching your breath again. Get it, no shame in that.
Most of us though simply need to remember that whatever is weighing us down doesn't really own us. We simply need to keep breathing and remember that Love is holding us all the way.
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