1 (a): air filled with a fragrance or color; (b) a slight indication : suggestion
2 : the air that you take into your lungs and send out from your : air that is inhaled and exhaled
3: a slight breeze
4: a spoken sound : utterance
5 : spirit, animation
Breath (n.): Old English braeo, “odor, scent, stink exhalation, vapor” (Old English word for “air exhaled from the lungs” was aeom), from Proto-Germanic braethaz “smell exhalation” (cognates: Old High German, bradam, German Brodem “breath, steam”), from the Proto-Indio-European root gwhre– “to breathe, smell.”
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh (b. 1926, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet, and peace activist)
“The breath of the mind is attention.”
Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French man of letters, who wrote on philosophical, moral, and literary topics; never published anything during his lifetime.)
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963, one of the most dynamic and admired American poets of the 20th century; also a novelist and short-story writer; by the time she took her life at the age of 30, she had a following in the literary community.)
“Once again, we are reminded that awakening, or enlightenment is not the property of Buddhism, any more than Truth is the property of Christianity. Neither the Buddha nor the Christ belongs exclusively to the communities that were founded in their names. They belong to all people of goodwill, all who are attentive to the secret which lives in the depths of their breath and their consciousness.”
Jean Yves Leloup (b. 1950, Orthodox theologian and popular author on spirituality and psychology; founder of the Institute of Other Civilzation Studies and the International College of Therapist; translator and commentator of the gospels of Thomas, Mary of Magdala, Philip and John)
“Fly me up to where you are beyond the distant star. I wish upon tonight to see you smile, if only for a while to know you're there. A breath away's not far to where you are.”
Josh Groban (b. 1981, American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer)
“You are that one breath. that puts all the remaining breaths. back into my body.”
Sanober Khan (Mumbai-based poet and freelance writer)
“There is a community of the spirit.
Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street
and being the noise.
Drink all your passion,
and be a disgrace.
Close both eyes
to see with the other eye”
Rumi (1207 C.E. in Balkh Province, Afghanistan and died in Konya, Turkey in 1273 C.E; Rumi descended from a long line of Islamic jurists, theologians, and mystics, including his father, who was known as the “Sultan of the Scholars;” after this father died Rumi became head of the spiritual learning community, which had over ten thousands students; due to lost and search of dear friend, Rumi later became a poet, mystic and great teacher.)
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” — Thích Nhất Hạnh
Breathing grounds and centers us, and pulls us together when we are scattered by stress and charged emotions.
Breathing is everything when it comes to fortifying balanced bodies and minds. If we don’t breathe fully, we are living a fraction of our potential.
For those of us who have experienced chronic asthma know what it’s like to be deprived of air and oxygen. It’s a very traumatic experience, because it feels like one is a fish out of water, grasping for vital sustenance.
When the body is acutely deprived of breath, the mind cannot think straight and the body barely functions, becoming constricted, tense with every organ competing to survive. There’s very little energy to think, feel, hear, or to do much of anything. Our main focus becomes to live at all costs, even if that means shutting down less mandatory parts of the body to relieve the agony.
Once an acute medical remedy is administered and we are then free to breathe, it feels like being reborn. We are free.
However, when we don’t get the air we need on a regular basis, we slowly cut ourselves off from our inheritance and limit our access to our full potential.
Without conscious breathing we will gradually lose the strength and energy to soar and ascend to new heights in our abilities. Without our full share of daily fresh air we won’t be inspired and have aspirations to expand our consciousness.
So, let’s get outside every day in the elements and breathe in as much nutrients as we can. It’s essential for our well-being.
Much Love, Tonya