This morning I woke up with breathing on my brain.
A voice said, “Write about breathing.”
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.
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!