Breathe. Just Breathe.
Breath. This amazing thing we so easily take for granted. I am grateful for reminders to use my breath today. Of course it literally saves my life every day, but today, it saved me in other ways too.
I woke up noticing another wave of grief coming on. My stepdaughter and I met for a walk yesterday. It was so nice to catch up with her AND I had a feeling I’d have this feeling afterward. No regrets. Another round of grief was worth it, but I also didn’t want to huddle under the covers.
So, I went to a yoga class. Today’s class was so intense and challenging that I could not think about anything other than the poses and my breath. The music was perfectly chosen, the room was cool, our bodies were moving, and our breath was almost rhythmic. For 75 minutes, I knew only the present moment. Thank you breath.
Then this afternoon I went back to the doctor. Yes, I decided to get the IUD. My sister warned me that it would hurt. Some of you know I’m trying to stop cussing, but it’s warranted here. DAMN, that hurt! I broke out in a cold sweat and I swear I think I started speaking in another language. I begged the nurse to come hold my hand. And then I heard the doctor’s soft voice. “Breathe.” “Take another deep breath.” “Breathe.” And I did. And it worked. He checked my pulse and found that it was slowing down. Thank you breath.
Here’s my reminder to all of you: next time you feel anxious or sad or scared or overwhelmed, take a couple of deep breaths. In through your nose, out through your nose. I promise it will help. Breathe. Just breathe.