May the God of peace sanctify you, making you whole ~ spirit, body & soul!
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Jack, Patti, Joy and Val
TIP ON USING BREATHING AS PAIN CONTROL
To prepare for any chronic pain coping technique, it is important to learn how to use focus and deep breathing to relax the body. Learning to relax takes practice, especially when you are in pain, but it is definitely worth it to be able to release muscle tension throughout the body and start to remove attention from the pain.
Coping techniques for chronic pain begin with controlled deep breathing, as follows:
Try putting yourself in a relaxed, reclining position in a dark room. Either shut your eyes or focus on a point.
Then begin to slow down your breathing. Breathe deeply, using your breathing like you are filling a glass of water into yourself. Start filling your belly with the breath and then into your chest and then emptying it from your chest then emptying your belly to get a full breath so you can get more oxygen into your blood system. As well as getting rid of any stuck stagnant air all the way out.
If you find your mind wandering or you are distracted, then think of a word, such as the word "Relax," and think it in time with your breathing...the syllable "re" as you breathe in and "lax" as you breathe out. Another word that is better as it focuses on Christ is the name of God by breathing in YAH and breathing out WAH (Yahwah).
Continue with about 2 to 3 minutes of controlled breathing.
Once you feel yourself slowing down, you can begin to use imagery techniques. Such as closing your eyes and imagine Jesus sitting beside you holding your handand comforting you, or holding your heart. Angels surrounding you or even asking the Lord to give you a vision that he chooses to comfort you to focus upon.
From the 2012 archives
But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” Luke 6:49
I've been realizing something about myself lately.
Sometimes, when things fall apart around me, my tendency is to find the broken shards, sweep them together, and begin to build again.
I've been rather proud of that aspect of myself. Once, when I was practicing freestyle routines when I used to skate, someone commented that I was resilient. I'd not let failure stop me. After every fall, I'd get back up again. If I performed poorly at a competition, I kept working for the next one.
Something to be proud of, right?
Yes, I can be resilient. Yes, I can sweep the pieces up and start again.
Yet, I've noticed this as I look back at my life:
Often times, the pieces I swept back together to build on were pretty shaky. And I could build so far - only to have the pieces fall down again.
My foundation was wrong.
It doesn't matter how many times you try to build and rebuild if the basic foundation isn't solid.
I guess I wouldn't be thinking about these things if it weren't for the fact that my health has bottomed out again. I've a lot of fears that want to surface. I keep holding them under, but just like trying to hold a beach ball under water, the further I push them down - the quicker and higher they rise.
I'm trying to do this on my own. Again.
The foundation I'm building on?
My own strength.
Yes, I know I say the right words, I can encourage others, but sometimes I just don't do the things I write about.
I try to almost will myself to be better. I do everything I think I can to be ok. I do my exercises. I try to eat right - drink enough water - avoid the stresses that I know can trigger me.
But that isn't enough.
As long as I am building on my own resilience, my own foundation, I am no better off than a house of cards waiting to be swept away by the next bout of heart irregularities.
As I sat with myself, I realized how tense I become. How fear reaches out its tentacles to attach itself to me.
I know that I need to look back to the foundation on which my life is built. Am I relying fully on God? Am I paying attention to what He tells me in His Word? Am I trusting Him with my life?
Usually the answer is no.
And I cannot do a "patch and repair" job on that foundation. It needs to solidly built.
And the only foundation I can build on is that of Christ Jesus.
I know that.
I just need to make sure I am building on that foundation each and every day.
Father God, I pray that you can use the times when I am afraid to teach me that, when I recognize those feelings, I am not building on the foundation You have laid for me. Help me to remember that, when you are the foundation of my life, I can face each event with You at my side. Amen and amen.
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