Right away God’s Spirit made Jesus go into the desert. He stayed there for forty days while Satan tested him. Jesus was with the wild animals, but angels took care of him.
Mark 1:12-13 (Contemporary English Version)
Imagine you are in the Arabian desert at the height of summer. The temperature in the shade is 48 degrees centigrade. The air is deathly still. You are wearing a flowing caftan of fine Egyptian cotton. In the hot dry air, you feel as though you cannot breathe. On the sand hills in the distance you see a pack of wolves. Buzzards are circling overhead.
You feel a kiss of a breeze against your face: a cooling movement of the invisible air. The ruach, the mysterious spirit that is everywhere around you, has moved. It is in the air and now makes itself felt. You know that you are safe. You know that you are loved. You know there is something more than the harshness of this desert wilderness. You breathe in this air. You breathe in the Divine Essence that is always present. You breathe out. You breathe in. You breathe out the Divine Essence. As you breathe out, you breathe air into the world creating and spreading the ruach breeze.
Breathe in God.
Breathe out God.
… in the silence …
As you return to the room know that the ruach, the Divine Essence is always with you. Every breath you take invites the Divine; every exhale shares the Divine Essence in you with the world.
Listen now to the wind in the desert: the message of the ruach.