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Breathing Under Water: Day 5

Each in our own way, we are all breathing, or trying to breathe, while not recognizing that we are first of all “underwater”—under the water of our own untested assumptions, our cultural blindness, the compulsive neurological responses often inherited from family and childhood, our early wounding (which somehow seems to be universal), and the narcissism of our own egoic responses to almost everything, including most especially our learned defenses to that early wounding—which are almost entirely unconscious and well-practiced by now.
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Breathing Under Water: Day 4

Breathing Lessons: O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Read Psalm 139 slowly and prayerfully. Write about your feelings at being known so intimately by God. Ongoing shadow boxing is absolutely necessary because we all have a well-denied shadow self. We all have that which we cannot see, will not see, dare not see. It would destroy our public and personal self-image.
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Breathing Under Water: Day 3

Prayers of petition are perhaps our most common prayer from the desperate plea of “Help!” to prayer of intercession for those we love and those who are in grave need. Write about times when you have prayed for someone or something. How was that prayer answered?
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Breathing Under Water: Day 2

Breathing Lessons: Think about your breathing. Inhale. Exhale. Hold your breath for 20 seconds. Breathe deeply. Feel yourself relax. Think about an experience of being under water and not being able to breathe. By definition, you can never see or handle what you are addicted to. It is always “hidden” and disguised as something else. As Jesus did with the demon at Gerasa, someone must say, “What is your name?” (Luke 8:30).
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Breathing Under Water: Day 1

To mourn for one is to mourn for all. To mourn with all is to fully participate at the very foundation of Being Itself. For some reason, which I am yet to understand, beauty hurts. Suffering opens the channel through which all of Life flows and by which all creation breathes, and I still do not know why. Yet it is somehow beautiful, even if it is a sad and tragic beauty.
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