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Just Breathe…

August 29th, 2007 · 2 Comments

The tension. The tightness of muscles. The furrow in the forehead. The clenched fist. The pain in the temples. The thoughts competing in a Grand Prix event in your head.

Sometimes what we most need to do is simple.


More than automatic breathing. Stop and notice your breathing.





Close your eyes (unless you’re driving).

Feel the breath in through your nose. Your diaphram expands, lifting your belt. Breathe in fully until you’re going to burst with this delicious air.

You’re breathing in calm.

Now release it. Let it flow out of you, a gentle river of air – ridding your body of all the tension. Feel it all drain away.


Now you’re floating.

Remember to stop and notice your breathing. I have, this very morning, put a sticky note on my computer saying BREATHE! Now, when I find myself coiled up like a spring it will prompt me to notice and take action.

Before I implode…

Noticing is the biggest step – once you’ve noticed, you are almost there!

imagine a place where you can just sit and relax… a place serene and beautiful… now, breathe

Tags: Getting Still · Noticing Miracles

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Angela Esnouf // Aug 31, 2007 at 8:19 am

    Thanks for the reminder, Karen. Last night there was an interesting program on TV about the Human Mind. It said that a relaxed brain was more receptive to original thought. So not only is this technique good for our wellbeing, we are actually more productive. And that photo says it all!

  • 2 karen // Aug 31, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    Angela – sounds like an interesting program, and I agree!

    After I remember to breathe and center myself, I find I am better able to cope with that huge to do list, and the chaos that can surround me. Things go much better when we’re not stressing about them, don’t they?

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