As I thought this over, I pondered on the fact that I keep my arms folded across my chest a great deal---tight-drawn in--it would appear I am cold. I am not cold--- I also find my hands tightly clasped at times---in a fist. Sub-consciously I think I am protecting myself from the pain the world might throw my way--what good these futile actions do is laughable.
The way I want to live---hope to live--desire to live--is OPEN and accepting and looking for the joy--even amid the pain--looking for the joy. Arms and hands opened wide to all that God has blessed me with and in a spirit of acceptance for the other. One of the remedies I use for TMJ is a conscious effort to relax my entire body by deep breathing. Breathing from the pit of my stomach---deep breaths ---filling my lungs --and a slow - slow exhale as I release the part of the air that is my body's waste.
I breath in---filling myself with the joy of all that is around me--inhaling God's gifts that surround me
I breath out---releasing the pain, the sorrow, the distress---all the world has thrown at me
In and out-----In and out----slowly---slowly---Filling myself with the joy and releasing the other---taking deep breaths of the essence of God---
the very essence of His Glory.
"But it is the spirit in a man,
the breath of the Almighty,
that gives him understanding."
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