An Ode To Breathing


This morning I woke up with breathing on my brain.

A voice said, “Write about breathing.”

Um, ok.

A human being is only breath and shadow.
~Sophocles (not me)

I did my little Google search, came up with some interesting things. Apparently we take somewhere from 20,000 to 25,000 times per day. Since we are already doing it and literally cannot live without it, maybe it is time to make sure I am doing it in the best way possible? (That’s the perfectionist in me.)

If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly.
~Dr Weil

Wouldn’t it be nice is breathing better was actually a better (or maybe even the best?) solution to whatever is bugging us or problematic in our lives? Could it be that simple?

Breathing is how we forgive. How we let go. How we move on. How we appreciate and stay in this moment. Breathing is how we laugh, how we enjoy, how we connect deeply with our soul.

“Babies breathe from the belly, but with age, most people shift from this healthy abdominal breathing to shallow chest breathing.”

Write about breathing. We take it for granted. Usually, most of us let it do its thing on its own. We know it will happen, until it doesn’t. We don’t appreciate it as much as we should. Without it, we are nothing. It’s a pretty loyal, hard-working, consistent friend to have around.

Cause you can’t jump the track, we’re like cars on a cable
And life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button, girl.
So cradle your head in your hands
And breathe… just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe
~ Anna Nalick, Breathe (2AM)

Since we teach (or write) what we need to learn ourselves, clearly this is an area I need to explore further and pay far better attention to going forward. So, all you smarty pants people, tell me what you know about breathing……tips, techniques, anything. Let me have it!

Allison Nazarian

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5 Comments on An Ode To Breathing

  1. Jerry
    March 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm (4 years ago)

    Concentrating on your breathing is the basis for meditation. That has been a great help for me. Thanks for your columns.

    • Allison Nazarian
      March 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm (4 years ago)

       Thanks, Jerry. I would love to know more about your practice!

      • Jerry
        March 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm (4 years ago)

        I used the Western Typology which is you find a quiet place, concentrate on your breathing. When other thoughts come around, push them aside and concentrate on breathing, sounds of the air, your chest movement etc. This will cause the mind to quiet down, get rid of all that stress, emotionalism etc.. After 5-10min of breathing and you feel yourself calm, you then in your imagination place yourself in the back of an empty theater. And on the screen is your life going by. Then objective look at issues and problems which will seem clearly to handle or solve. Take Care  Jerry

        • Allison Nazarian
          March 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm (4 years ago)

          This is fantastic. Simple in terms of being able to follow and stick with it. Thank you!

  2. Jeanne Demers
    March 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Allison,  This is how it went: 

    I read this post, I quoted from it to the friend I was staying with in the city, she said, “Would you like to meditate this morning?”  I said “yes”.  She suggested we listen to a dharma talk first and chose Delicious Breathing (#24 under January 2012) because of my Allison quote.  I thought to share it with you and finally am. 

    I think you will love all these short talks as much as I do so here is the link:

    Write, share, give, as is your way… and have a great day knowing you touch lives so positively!



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