Central to a theology of resurrection is the conviction that bodies matter; if Jesus life is renewed as an embodied life, which the Church has always taught – even when it is hard to find the words to express such a thing – this is because bodies are central to what it means to be human, and God is concerned with bodies.
It is easy to think of our prayer as somehow being separate from our body. But this cannot be the case, as it is in and as our bodies that we pray. So, for the next few weeks we will be reflecting on – and practising – prayer in our bodies.
Find a position to sit that is comfortable and alert. If possible, ensure that your spine is straight, your head is up, and you are as relaxed as you can be.
Be aware of your breath; simply feel its rhythm, don’t try to change it. Notice if it is fast or slow, shallow or deep.
Are you breathless or have you been breathless recently. If health challenges make you breathless, how does this make you feel? Talk to God about it. If you have been breathless through hurry, reflect on what was happening, and offer that in prayer.
The image that Scripture often uses for the Spirit is of breath; the words are the same in Hebrew and Greek. The Spirit of God is God’s breath, breathing life into the world. Job reflects; “The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”
Spend some time thinking about what it means to know that our lives are the gift of God – and where such a realisation might lead you.