We all need to have shalom in our homes now more than ever, right!? When our lives have massive disruption, like everyone world wide does, we NEED space that we can move in that isn’t frantic, panicked or frustrated.
But like the age old saying goes:
“Everywhere you go, there you are!”
So let’s put our heads together (virtually, of course!) and discuss some ways we can bring the shalom into our homes during this pandemic. Today I just want to focus on one area. Your breath.
Seriously. Just breathe. In through your nose and out through pursed lips.
Research shows that intentional deep breathing reduces the “fight or flight” response, instantly brings calmness, lowers blood pressure, reduces inflammation, triggers the relaxation response in your entire body, and allows your body the option of dealing with the stressors instead of freezing or fleeing or fighting, just to name a few benefits! (Added bonus: it’s FREE!)
But what does this have to do with shalom?
The very first interaction between Adam and God (Gen 2:7) was God blowing HIS breath into Adam, which sparked life into him and Adam became a living, breathing soul. Since that moment, His breath has passed into every generation. It’s the same breath that keeps you and I going. His breath also released into us His perfect shalom. We have the option of treasuring it, holding on to it and allowing it to bring life to our brokenness or we can trade it in for something of much less valuable, like anxiety.
Our free will. Our choice.
Shalom שלום in Hebrew comes from the root shalam שָׁלַם meaning wholeness, safety, completeness, wellness, restfulness, contentment, calmness, prosperity (everything you NEED), being able to function as you were created to function. Shalom is not just the absence of conflict or absence of war, but a state of being where we are live above the circumstances that are not perfect- we are operating in a state of being “seated in the Heavenlies”...
Yeshua put it this way:
““What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened.”
Yochanan (Jhn) 14:27 CJB
So let’s return today to the first thing. Let’s breathe.
Draw it in. Let it go. Allow your body to relax and reset. Trust that in breathing you are releasing your self-will, your way to figure it all out and instead you are grasping ahold of the shalom that our Messiah offers in its place.
Breathe Deeply. Purposefully. Intentionally. Breathe Thankfully.
He has gone into your tomorrows and has made a way.
Breathing with you,