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Just Breathe Normally, It's Enough

As an Evangelical Christian, much of my energies were spent on how to be the 'best Christian I could be'. This way of thinking about purpose colors so much of the day to day thoughts and actions of my life. I don't think I can adequately express just how thoroughly this particular pattern of thought influences me, even as I am deconstructing my faith and wouldn't even identify myself as an Evangelical any longer.

 (Do I have to identify, or remove identifiers at all? Sadly, I think yes, because if I don't someone will certainly understand me differently because I identify in a particular way. That may be a post for another day)

I'm just beginning a contemplative prayer journey. They talk often about paying attention to breathing, those contemplative praying people. 

So I'm beginning there. 

One practice that I've tried involves becoming aware that the name of God, Yahweh, is actually all about breath. Author Jeff Campbell explains it as follows in his medit…

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