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Bob Kleinheksel
Bob is an ordained United Church of Christ minister with a Masters of Social Work degree. He conducts counseling sessions with individuals, couples, and families about sexual orientation, life changes, and ideas about faith, religion, and spirituality.

Breathing Meditation

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Transcript for November 29, 2009 by Bob Kleinheksel We gather in divine presence – surrounded by and enthused with pre-winter air, light, positivity and love. We celebrate how all is revealed in this letting go season – as branches and trees come clean to the world in all their bareness and stark beauty. So too […]

Breathing Meditation

Transcript for November 29, 2009 by Bob Kleinheksel

We gather in divine presence – surrounded by and enthused with pre-winter air, light, positivity and love. We celebrate how all is revealed in this letting go season – as branches and trees come clean to the world in all their bareness and stark beauty. So too would we be ready, vulnerable and present for those we encounter this day.

We breathe in what is life-giving; we expel was is no longer useful; we breath in that which is positive, hopeful, generous; we release what is restrictive, limiting, negative. In every breath, we renew the age-old blessing when beings began to breathe and to be inspirited with life, with awareness, with the ability to rise above death and instincts toward new life.

Let us be interdependent with the great elements: warmth, air, water and earth itself – adding to and receiving from all that is beneficial. Let us not abdicate our prerogatives and responsibilities and lean too closely on some whimsical fixer God; but rather access the strength, health and possibility laced within nature’s blueprints. We breathe deeply and move toward holiday wellness. Let us challenge the busy-ness, let go of petty disputes, rise above the static and white blizzard of anxiety and worry about things that almost assuredly will not happen.

In this homestretch time, who shall speak of and work toward health and equanimity? Is it I? Is it I? Or do we keep on keeping on helter-skelter and uncritical of the hurriedness to which we succumb? Ah, the balance, the balance. Let us achieve and create; let us receive and let go; so, too let us be restored and fulfilled so that we would give back to a bruised and hurting world full of faded and cynical people. Let us be as light and salt to this aching, bleeding place . . . illuminating, adding zest, enhancing, creating as creative types for all to see and receive from. As high as the stratosphere and as low as the sunken reefs – let our compassion, health, enthusiasm, humor and spirit be . . . expansive, widening and real.

So let us be wind and breath-bitten vagabonds, fellow journey mates, wondering, wandering, present to each other, promoting health and a deep-breathed life and lifestyle. And as we breath deeply of life, let us with wide eyes recognized the needs around us – those who would benefit from a meal or smile. Those whose lives would be brightened by a helpful neighbor – a surprise visit or batch of chocolate chip cookies.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Receive and serve. Take on and let go. And be well; work toward wellness; live toward a widening inner peace that allows a new restorative extravagance to infiltrate any tiredness, any dullness so that with open minds and warm hearts we bring our renewed passions to the world’s needs. Amen.

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