Breath Prayer

Thanks to my wonderful college professor, MoJo, I am familiar with a type of prayer called Breath Prayer.

There are a few different models for how breath prayer can be practiced. Some say that breath prayers are prayers that you can say in one breath; obviously, these would be short, often a few words, a phrase, or a sentence — and often from Scripture, a Creed, or another liturgical source.

For example (and this is the prayer I pray most commonly), “Jesus Christ, Son of David, have mercy on me.”

Another model is to pray one phrase while breathing in and another while breathing out.

For example, breathing in, “Lord have mercy.” And breathing out, “Christ have mercy.”

prayer wall
Image by ratterrell via Flickr

If you’re like me, then prayer doesn’t always come easy. I’ve found that this can be one way to pratice praying continually — as impossible as that may seem.

So, if this sounds at all appealing, join me as I try to re-integrate this practice into my daily routine. Let me know if it works for you, and post any prayers that are meaningful to you.

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