By Sharon Campbell Rayment – Special to the Sydenham Current
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Viktor Frankl (“Man’s Search for Meaning”)
Viktor Frankl is a Holocaust survivor who wrote the book “Man’s Search for Meaning”.
In the book he shares the one thing that even under horrific circumstances decided for prisoners what they shall become.
He stated that this was their spiritual freedom, “to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way…”
The ability to choose to be aware, to choose to be compassionate, to choose to defy even the worst of circumstances. We too can make this choice in light of the pandemic and our struggles.
We can pause when we become frustrated, afraid, lonely, take a breath and as Viktor Frankl did, choose to thrive and uplift others.
I love how he emphasizes that, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.”
It is in that space that we can pause creating a moment of sacred space and possibility.
In that “Sacred Pause of Possibility”, between stimulus and response, we can choose to gain Awareness, Pause, and Breathe.
This is the APB of Inner Harmony.
As we pause, we take three deep breaths.
Our first breath helps us to feel grounded and connect within, the second breath helps us to stay present and connected with God, the third helps us to connect with others by breathing out love, hope, and peace to others.
Try this breath prayer…
As I breathe in, I feel grounded. As I release, I am present.
As I breathe in, I stay present. As I release, I see God everywhere.
As I breathe in, I am love. As I release, I send love to All.
Today take a moment to do this 1-minute APB for Inner Harmony breath prayer to stay grounded, present, and connected.
Be sure to share the APB of Inner Harmony with others to help them decrease anxiety, worry, and fear to know that God’s Essence and love is just a breath away.
Until next time my friends many blessings, Sharon