Breath is life. God breathed life into Adam and Eve in the Genesis story of creation. Focusing on our breath brings us back to who we are. Slow, deep breathing is a way we can center ourself in meditation, a way of grounding ourself in the present moment. It’s a way of releasing tension and relaxing into ourself, a way of clearing our mind, so that we can focus on what we are doing, whether it is praying, or paying attention to the person in front of us, or immersing ourself in the beauty of the moment.
There are activities that can help us focus on breath and be fully present to the moment. Yoga is one such activity. Various types of meditation can bring us into this state of mind. Simply sitting quietly with a cup of coffee and contemplating a beautiful morning sky or sitting to admire a lovely sunset can also do this for us.
Photography is for me a way to center myself, breathe deeply, and be fully present to the moment. God breathes life into this world and into me. To notice this is to experience the awe and beauty of creation.
“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)