One refuge, anchor, can be our breath. It is with us no matter where we are, no matter what our emotional state is. The Spirit of God is in our breath. It is a gift. Our breath is a sign that God is with us. Thich Nhat Hanh suggests watching the breath from a point 2 fingerwidths below the navel, and even putting our hands at that point to make it easier to focus. Just watch the breath without trying to control it. Feel your hands moving outwards as you breathe in and back in again with each out breath. After some time, you will feel calmer as your breath naturally slows down. You will be more calm than when you were overcome with upsetting feelings and emotions.
Thich Nhat Hanh also suggests you can invite the Jesus in you to breathe for you. Then you can watch Jesus breathing in you, you can bring awareness to God’s presence in you. After witnessing the breath for some time, it will automatically slow down, and the mind will be calmer.
This is my first post on Flickr, a photo-sharing website. My friend, Christine, had told me about it when I bought my first digital camera in 2008. At first, I joined it so that I could look at my friend’s photos and share mine with her. Then I noticed when I added tags to my photo, other people found me. I hadn’t been social on the web until then. Until my children were older, I had not used my computer much since my previous life as an engineer. When I stopped working outside the home, the world wide web and internet were not widely used. When I resumed being on a computer, I kind of felt like Rip Van Winkle who had been asleep for a long time, and when he awoke found the world a much different place. So, slowly, I am trying to catch up with the world’s technological advances.
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Shortly after my husband died in 2003, I began to write for Amma’s Circle of Love Letters. I had received a few cards when my husband was ill. The writers assured me of their prayers, and shared positive quotes with me. I received much comfort. I decided to join the writing group since I benefited so much from it. At first I had a lot of reservation about writing, as I had never received good grades in English. So far, no one has complained about my sentence structures or grammar. The process of thinking of others helped pull me out of depression.
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