“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:6 NKJV)
I recently met a little boy in the hospital who had to undergo a pretty scary procedure. Even with some “I don’t care” medicine, his heart rate was soaring, sending alarms blaring, and worrying his nurse. I stared into his face under the sterile sheet, and I could see his little chest pumping up and down at a rapid pace. His breaths were fast, but shallow. As I tried to calm him down, I tried to help him visualize his lungs. “Feel them fill up with air. Really take a long, slow breath, and see them fill up in your mind. Think about how much air it will take to make them nice and full.” It took a few repetitions in my best yoga teacher voice, but I finally saw him do it. His heart rate slowed, and the procedure was soon over.
He was taking in air, but not well. It wasn’t helping him cope with what was going on. Job 33:4 says, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (NKJV). If God is our source of air, we need to be breathing deeply! I’m not advocating for everyone to go get oxygen tanks, but I am saying we need to be spending more time with our Creator. Life-giving breath is better in large doses.
Quick glimpses of the Bible are certainly better than nothing, but we need to be diving head first into the Word of God. It’s amazing the connections you make when you really study Scripture. From finding the Gospel in the Old Testament, to seeing prophecies that are taking place as we speak, I guarantee, it will only further your understanding of God. Yes, it takes time, just like it takes a few more seconds to draw in a deep breath, but think of the benefits. In a physical sense, deep breathing can reduce anxiety and stress, lower your heart rate, and stabilize blood pressure. 
Imagine what the effects of building a relationship with God are!
Take some time and choose a chapter of the Bible to read sometime this weekend. Use the footnotes in your Bible to look at cross-references. Look up an online commentary to see what scholars have to say about it. There’s no magic spell or trick to it, just start somewhere. Use your inhales and exhales to thank God for giving you life. It’s like having a walking reminder of God’s presence, and stillness in God’s presence is an amazing thing.
 Harvard University (2015). Relaxation techniques: Breath control helps quell errant stress response. Harvard Health Publications. Retrieved from http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/relaxation-techniques-breath-control-helps-quell-errant-stress-response