Breath Prayer: A Way to Reflect and Connect with God Part 2

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The origins of breath prayer are intertwined with the universal human experience of seeking inner peace, connection with God and can ultimately lead to spiritual transformation. This practice of synchronizing breath with prayer or mantra repetition serves as a powerful tool for cultivating mindfulness, presence, and communion with the Divine. If you would like more information on how to do breath prayer, be sure to check out Part 1 on Breath Prayer found here.


If you’re not sure where to start with Breath Prayer, here are five breath prayers you can try and incorporate into your practice:

  1. “Lord, have mercy”:

This classic breath prayer is rooted in the Christian tradition, particularly in Eastern Orthodox Christianity. With each inhalation, silently say “Lord,” and with each exhalation, silently say “have mercy.” This prayer can be a powerful reminder of God’s compassion and grace.


  1. “Peace, be still”:

This breath prayer draws from the biblical story of Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4:39). As you inhale, silently say “Peace,” and as you exhale, silently say “be still.” This prayer invites a sense of calm and tranquility into your inner world.


  1. “Inhale love, exhale fear”:

This breath prayer is a reminder to cultivate love and release fear. With each inhale, breathe in the energy of love, and with each exhale, release any fear or negativity you may be holding onto. This prayer can help foster a sense of emotional balance and resilience.


  1. “I am here, now”:

This breath prayer is a simple affirmation of presence and mindfulness. With each inhale, silently say “I am here,” and with each exhale, silently say “now.” This prayer can help anchor you in the present moment and deepen your awareness of the here and now.


  1. “Let go, trust”: This breath prayer encourages surrender and trust in God to guide us. With each inhale, silently say “Let go,” and with each exhale, silently say “trust.” This prayer invites you to release control and lean into the flow of life with faith and confidence.


  1. “Hope, Fear”: This breath prayer is a simple reminder to let go of fear and affirm God’s promise of hope when we follow Him. With each inhale breathe in “hope,” and with each exhale, silently say, “fear.”

As we integrate breath prayer into our daily lives, may we carry its wisdom with us, allowing it to infuse our moments with mindfulness, our challenges with grace, and our hearts with compassion. May each breath be a prayer, a reminder of our inherent connection to God, to find our solace, strength and sustenance for our days ahead. And may the practice of breath prayer continue to be a guiding light, leading us ever deeper into the mystery of existence and the boundless love that holds us all.


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