Friday, October 7, 2011

remembering to breathe




These past few weeks have been all about remembering to breathe. 

In. Out. In. Out.

Because I need new air. I need to let go of all of the now stale breaths that I collected over winter and let them flow out into the October rain. I need to cherish the new breaths that come in, roll them around my mouth and lungs, and remember the beauty that each new day brings if I am brave enough to appreciate it.

You see, last month I forgot to breathe. I forgot to let go of old wrongs and I gave into melancholy and bittersweet musings. I gave into panic attacks; short shallow breathing; and days spent worrying over the future so strongly that I forgot the present completely.

This month is about breathing deeply. It is about savouring every moment. And it is about focusing on the present, using my breaths to keep me centred.  

18 comments:

Kacey said...

Yes ma'am!! Anthony de Mello is an amazing teacher on the subject. I'm glad you've become "aware" and good luck with every breath :-)

SJ said...

it's spring! and it's a great time to think postitively about the future.

but i know exactly what you mean, lately i've definitely found it easy to focus on a few things that i shouldn't and i need to make a concerted effort to stop that.

i hope this month is a better one for you!

ellie said...

Oh, its never easy..something always comes up. The trick is..not to let a thing in the world push your buttons. Easy does it..of course, easier said than done.

Good luck!

lucy and sarah said...

So inspiring.

Oh..that breathing. I hope you gives us some tips on it.

Good going.

Thanks so much for your comments too.

Ashley said...

Hey, I felt like my breathing improved by reading this post! :) But really, sometimes I realize when I'm anxious, I'm hardly breathing at all, almost holding my breath. Since breath is such a staple attribute of life, it's important to be conscious of it :)

Ann said...

Nice post...

Oh you made me rethink my last month too, oh maybe I do gave in to some stress... I need to breathe too, and always try to think positively too. It is when I have a negative thought that I forget to breathe right.

Norwegian Señorita said...

Sometimes it's easy to forget something as basic as breathing deep and well. Thanks for reminding me! :)

Bonnie said...

I am such a planner and such a hyper person that I sometimes forget to stop and enjoy life. I mean, I try to make everything as fun as possible. I don't waste any time. I live my life to the fullest. However, sometimes I feel that I get really caught up in trying to live that I forget to stop and enjoy.

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Katie said...

What a wonderful notion. Let us all remember to breathe!

Aquí said...

always good to remind ourselves of this from time to time. I love me some fresh air, it feels so good to take deep breaths in! So good for stress relief!

Victoria said...

What a great reminder !
I'm trying to breathe in all the fresh autumn air! I don't like fall, but I'm beginning to see the nice things in it :)
Have a good weekend !! :)

Tuesdai Noelle said...

I agree. This month is also about pacing yourself, not being too anixous, and observing aware of your surroundings--especially those "quiet surfaces."

Deidre said...

breathing is important...

It it's interesting how something that we need to do to survive becomes so...forgotten.

demie said...

i am glad you are doing this! i think i must learn to breath too...

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

Exactly the reminder I needed! I've found myself really stressed lately and forgetting that sometimes the best remedy is just to breathe.

Marie said...

I feel the same, for the longest time I've been forgetting to breathe deeply and enjoy the moment. Thanks for this beautiful post.:D

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Jo said...

I was there last month. I literally had a panic attack...not good.
And I'm here with you this month...savoring each deep new, cleansing breath!
xox

Anna said...

After I had my little girl my brain short circuited a little and things got hard, 7/11 breathing was one of the thing that helped me lots. Deep, slow breaths in that make your tummy stick out for the count of 7 and then back out slowly for the count of 11. It works.

Really glad you're feeling better.
X