I love the scene in The Lord of the Rings when Frodo Baggins says, “I wish none of this had happened.” Then Gandalf the grey says to Frodo:
“So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
― J.R.R Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring Humor me for a moment and lets change those words slightly:
“So do all who live to see such [breaths]. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the [breath] that is given us.”
The average person will take about 670 million breaths in their life time. So someday, we can safely conclude, the breath that we are given will be gone. What are we doing with each breath that we take? Are we spending our breath speaking unkindly towards others? Or are we using our breath to speak unkindly towards ourselves? What we speak has power as it literally affects the physiology of our body.
I recently read something that really struck a true cord in me from Mary Beth Wilkas Janke PsyD:
“Words reinforce your thinking. Positive thinking is reinforced by positive speech and vice versa. Your words create your destiny.
Today, remove the word “can’t” from your speech. I am confident you can do this.”1
May we use our breath, not only for the healing of our body, but also for the healing of our soul and the souls around us.
Till next time. Thank you,