Text: John 20:19-23
Speaker: Mark Rup
I don’t think I ever truly learned how to breathe until last year during my sabbatical. Sure, I’ve been regularly taking in air for more than thirty-three years at this point, and sure, I was a music major with a focus on voice in college where I learned the importance of “proper” breathing technique.
But all that time, I was mostly taking breath for granted or submitting it to my will as a tool, as a means to an end.
During my sabbatical, though, one of the things I did was begin practicing yoga, which has, over time, opened me to recognizing the beauty and power of breath. I had explored yoga before this, but never in a regular, sustained way. I decided that I wanted to use my sabbatical to really commit to this practice because, as someone whose personality tends to live in a constant struggle between the head and the heart, I saw it as a way of finding balance not just in the literal, physical sense but in a deeply spiritual sense as well. And so, with all sorts of time on my hands, it became an almost daily...