Some days I feel suffocated – yes, like there’s no air to breathe. In a crowded train, there’s lack of fresh air coupled with many people coughing at close distance. Outside if there’s haze or pollutants, I wonder if I’m doing more harm to my body jogging (and breathing the exhaust fumes). Yet, breathing is essential and like this advertisement that I saw on Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist, breathing can be hydrating, refreshing, restoring and soothing!
In fact, how we breathe can affect our health too. Slow, rhythmic and deep breathing (involving the diaphragm) is best for adequate oxygen and maintaining the right level of carbon dioxide. Apparently, we have gotten too stressed to breathe properly, resulting in much shorter breaths! For those with allergic rhinitis, air pollutants, house dust mites, pollen and pet dander in the air can also cause a flare-up. In short, how we breathe and the air we breathe do matter.
God is no stranger to air and breath. He created the atmosphere. He breathed life into Adam, the first man (Genesis 2:7). Jesus, after his resurrection, breathed the Holy Spirit on his disciples (John 20:21). I pray that we parents can breathe deep, relaxing breaths when caring for our eczema children, and with each breath, it’s literally life!
Genesis 2:7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature
God, we want to breathe each breath right. Breathing happiness, joy, love and not anxiety, stress and frustration. Help us and our children in each breath we take.
God knows all about each breathe we take