Release | Piano Music for Breathing, Praying, Meditation [Episode 127, February 7, 2019]

Release – Worship Interludes by Fred McKinnon, Episode #127

There is something powerful, healing, and soothing when you take a big deep breath, hold, and release. Therapists, priests, doctors, and many more have taught the benefits of breathing exercises for a very long time.

Take a deep breath, expanding your belly. Pause. Exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat four times. Congratulations. You’ve just calmed your nervous system … Science is just beginning to provide evidence that the benefits of this ancient practice are real. Studies have found, for example, that breathing practices can help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and attention deficit disorder.

“Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing” – New York Times

The Inspiration

I typically have a specific word or phrase in mind when I begin to record these piano instrumental interludes. Often the inspiration comes from my morning devotion, a prayer, or something I’ve experienced in life. Today, I began playing with no specific leading or inspiration – it was simply the discipline of sitting down and creating another episode for this podcast.

Then, this happened. I played the first few notes and I paused. Then I held my hands, palms upward, in surrender to my God. Prayerfully, I asked the Holy Spirit to inspire me and to bless the music as I played. Next I played a few more slow, steady notes … and found myself taking in a deep, deep breath and slowly exhaling. The next note did not come until all of the air was pushed out of my lungs.

For the next eight minutes, I focused on my breathing and prayers in between. All of this is captured in the essence of today’s solo piano recording.

The beautiful part of intentional breathing is the release that comes with the exhale of air. Personally, I love to imagine that I am breathing out stress, anxiety, and worry. I imagine that I’m breathing out my own life and breathing in the plan and purpose that the Almighty has for me that day.

The Practice

As you listen to this interlude, consider joining me in controlled breathing. When you hear the pauses, exhale slowly and intentionally. Breathe in slowly as I play. If you are a person of faith, integrate this with prayer and meditation. This produces a beautiful time of reflection in an otherwise hectic world.

Thanks so much for listening. I’m forever grateful.

Fred

Listen:

Watch:

Support Fred’s Music

If you are blessed by this music, I would be so honored if you would consider becoming a part of my inner-circle of patron supporters! For as little as $5/month you can be a supporter of my music and help me to continue providing peaceful piano instrumental music for the world.

Become a Patron!

More Ways To Listen

1-Listen on YouTube

Worship Interludes Podcast

iTunes: Subscribe in iTunes
Google Play Music: Subscribe in Google Play Music for Android

Related Posts:

If you enjoyed this post, please leave a comment below. Your comments make the discussions more dynamic! If you'd like to follow the blog more closely, please see the subscribe options!
Pianist/Composer
About the Author
Fred McKinnon is a Pianist/Composer from St. Simons Island, GA. Checkout the full BIO for more information and a complete bio. Worship Interludes Podcast - This podcast features instrumentals for prayer, meditation, soaking worship, relaxation, study music, and rest. Visit the Podcast page to listen or subscribe. Follow on Social MediaFacebookYouTubeInstagramTwitter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.