Are You Breathing Just a Little?


It may seem ridiculous for someone to remind you to breathe. Doesn’t  breathing happen autonomically?

While it is true that if we try to hold our breath too long, our body will force us to breathe, it is possible to spend a whole lifetime breathing poorly.

Many wise ones direct us to pay attention to, and develop enlightening ways of, breathing. As Andrew Weil says,

In Buddhist and yogic traditions, people claim to have reached an enlightened state by doing nothing more than paying attention to the rising and falling of their breath.

Don't Forget to Breathe

There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted.  Then, there’s another way: a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity.
…………..~ Rumi

When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.
…………..~ Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Inhale, and God approaches you.  Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you.  Exhale, and you approach God.  Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.
…………..~ Krishnamacharya

Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?
…………..~ the rest of this poem by Mary Oliver


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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One Response to Are You Breathing Just a Little?

  1. The “Don’t Forget to Breathe” piece is very interesting and nice. Thanks for the reminder and for sharing the Mary Oliver poem as well!

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