What Are Breath Prayers?
Breath prayers are short bursts of praise or petition that can be prayed, whether you do so aloud or not, in a single breath. The most famous breath prayer is the Jesus Prayer, which the anonymous seeker practiced in the classic, The Way of a Pilgrim. Here are the instructions the pilgrim’s teacher offered:
“Sit down in silence. Lower your head, shut your eyes, breathe out gently, and imagine yourself looking into your own heart. Carry your mind, that is, your thoughts, from your head to your heart. As you breathe out, say, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.’ Say it moving your lips gently, or simply say it in your mind. Try to put all other thoughts aside. Be calm, be patient, and repeat the process very frequently.”
Using whatever deep breathing technique that feels comfortable to you, try these ten breath prayers to soothe body and soul. Repeat them as often as you wish, and later, try making up your own. Keep it simple and personal. You can even pray your favorite short verses of scripture if your confidence in creating your own breath prayers wavers.