“In the beginning …” — Genesis 1:1
Like any good story, the Bible begins at the beginning. The beginning of everything, when God looks out on the vastness of this universe and sees nothing … then creates a lot of beauty out of that same nothing.
This is the Holy’s challenge to us in every new day. We like to think of new beginnings as being grand occasions … the opening of a new business, the arrival of a new child, the first day of that dream job, the walk down the aisle to begin life with the person we love more than anyone in the world.
Grand beginnings are beautiful and hold so much promise for us. But what about your next breath? Can that not be a new beginning as well? Remember is was God’s “ruwach,” or breath, that began everything we see in this world, including ourselves. That creative breath still flows in and out of us daily, without us ever thinking about it.
What if, instead of waiting for some grand arrival of a new beginning, we resolved to begin again with each breath we take?
Morning didn’t go so well? Breathe deeply and begin again.
The boss yelled at you? Instead of berating yourself for your shortcomings, breathe deeply, and begin again.
Traffic jam on the way home? Breathe deeply and begin again.
So often, we get stuck in our ego’s fears, desires and cravings, caught up in everything that has gone wrong, hurt our feelings, or set us back in our goals, we forget that we don’t have to keep walking down this path. We may not have a choice in how the world treats us, but we do have a choice in how we react. We can get caught up in the drama and heartache, or we can step back, breathe deeply, and begin again.
What’s your strategy when life gets overwhelming? Would it help you to recognize that you can begin again in every moment, with every breath, right where you are in this present moment?