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Join Steve Austin on the sacred journey from chaos to calm. Each episode will focus on practical ways to catch your breath. Self-help topics include self-compassion, shame, stress management, spirituality, and more.

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Catching Your Breath Steve Austin

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 28 Ratings

Join Steve Austin on the sacred journey from chaos to calm. Each episode will focus on practical ways to catch your breath. Self-help topics include self-compassion, shame, stress management, spirituality, and more.

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    An Introduction to Breath Prayers

    An Introduction to Breath Prayers

    What are breath prayers?

    I’ll tell you...

    Sitting atop the toaster oven in my kitchen is a small wooden sign that reads, “Inhale the present. Exhale the past.”

    Said another way, it might read, “Inhale peace. Exhale anxiety.”

    Or feel free to fill in the blank with whatever you need to breathe in, and whatever you need to exhale today.

    A breath prayer is precisely that: a prayer you can say as you inhale and exhale.

    The beauty of a breath prayer is that you can offer it up any time, any place. You don’t have to purchase a meditation cushion or light candles or sit cross-legged, touching your thumb to your index finger and humming OM. While that is exactly what I do at times, a breath prayer doesn’t require anything other than your attention and your breath.

    Whether you’re sitting in the parking lot at work, hiding out in your car before the next dreaded work meeting, swimming laps at the pool, or standing in the shower (hoping your children don’t kill each other), you can literally offer a breath prayer in any setting.

    How does it work?

    Much like the sign that sits on my toaster oven, you meditate on a particular phrase as you inhale, and pray a response to that thought on the exhale. Doing this helps to rid yourself of any external distractions for a few moments.

    So, in the example of sitting in the parking lot at work, maybe you silence your phone and turn off the car stereo while you pray. 

    If you’re looking to increase your inner-peace, and could use some help exhaling the b******t, listen to this 15-minute snippet from tonight’s group coaching session. I pray it helps you slow down and just be for a while.

    I’m in your corner,

    Steve

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    • 16 min
    Healing Your Image of God

    Healing Your Image of God

    “Some days I am not sure if my faith is riddled with doubt, or whether, graciously, my doubt is riddled with faith. And yet I continue to live in a world the way a religious person lives in the world; I keep living in a world that I know to be enchanted, and not left alone. I doubt; I am uncertain; I am restless, prone to wander. And yet glimmers of holy keep interrupting my gaze.” -Lauren Winner, Still

    Let’s begin with a few what-ifs:

    What if this journey toward Jesus came with even more freedom than you can imagine?

    What if the American version of Evangelical Christianity isn’t 100% right 100% of the time?

    What if God is even better, more loving, more inclusive, more patient, and more present than we ever imagined?

    What if?

    In The God-Shaped Brain by Dr. Thomas Jennings, he says that a healthy view of a loving God can literally transform our brains.

    Side note: did you know that just meditating on a God of love for 12 minutes a day can actually rewire your brain? Sure, it’s a slow, patient process, but it’s one worth starting as soon as possible.

    So where do you begin? Today, I want to give you what I believe are the first three steps in healing your image of God.

    Listen to this free podcast, and pre-order my new book, Hiding in the Pews, by clicking here.

    *”Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” performed by the ever-magical Stella Hess.

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    • 43 min
    Losing Religion without Losing Your Soul (Joshua Casey)

    Losing Religion without Losing Your Soul (Joshua Casey)

    In this special episode of the #CatchingYourBreath Podcast, Steve Austin talks with one of his best friends, Joshua M. Casey, author of the new book, Tracking Desire. The guys talk about favorite and least favorite books, the writing process, and losing religion without losing your soul. Listen to this 30-minute episode today! And order Tracking Desire on Amazon by clicking here.


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    • 30 min
    Critics and Criticism: How to Deal

    Critics and Criticism: How to Deal

    Welcome back to Catching You Breath: The Podcast, with Steve Austin. If you listen to this episode, you'll learn 10 ways to deal with criticism, plus Steve will walk you through an affirmation to let go of the fear of disappointing others.

     

    Show notes:

     

    Steve's courses and coaching
    Steve's new #BreatheWithMePodcast
    Order Catching Your Breath
    Download Steve's free self-care journal
    Music: "Weak Sometimes" by Devin Balram


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    • 20 min
    Guided Meditation: Leting Go of Worry and Regret

    Guided Meditation: Leting Go of Worry and Regret

    The holiday season can be stressful for lots of folks. If you are looking for a way to slow down, let go of worry over your future, and regrets about your past, this is the guided meditation for you.

     

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    • 10 min
    3 Powerful Ways to Maintain Your Mental Health in a Pandemic

    3 Powerful Ways to Maintain Your Mental Health in a Pandemic

    Maintaining your mental health is hard enough. Add a seemingly never-ending global pandemic to the mix, and life can feel particularly heavy.

    In this episode, Steve Austin will guide you through:

    Letting go.
    Holding on.
    Looking up.
    Download Steve Austin's free self-care journal by clicking right here.


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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Benjammin68 ,

Dump the Shame.

Unfortunately, Christianity and shame go hand in hand. They shouldn’t, but they do. Steve was a pastor and tried to kill himself. I was a pastor and tried to kill myself. It’s not as rare as you think. Getting to the root of shame has been HUGE for me (and I’m not there yet), and Steve’s material continues to help.

LaurAnne222 ,

Mental Health without the Faith

I was looking for a Christ-centered, faith-based podcast that coheres with mental health. This is not it. There are helpful worldly tips on mental health, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Strangedunn ,

Big dose of hope

Steve's been there and done that. He's lived some of the tough stuff. Despite reasons to be cynical, he delivers healthy doses of hope each episode. This podcast is a practical pick-me-up.

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