Whenever you see a character on a film or TV panicking, they are always told to take some deep breaths. It’s not the best advice.
You see it’s not the breathing in but the breathing out that makes a difference. Try it. Hold your breath for a while and see how tense your muscles feel. When you start breathing again, notice how it’s not when you breathe in but when you breathe out that they automatically relax. You’ll feel your shoulders drop down, your face muscles smooth out, and you’ll sink into your chair a little more each time you breathe out.
Our muscles naturally unknot as we exhale.
It’s all about letting go.
Letting go of muscle tension and trusting the chair to support us.
Letting go of our grip on controlling everything and trusting God to hold us.
Letting go of our anxieties and trusting God to go with us.
Letting go of our set ways of doing things and trusting God’s guidance.
Letting go of our impatience and going with His flow.
‘Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race set before us.’ (Hebrews 12.1)