Why be anxious? Will it help? Will it keep trouble and pain at bay? No – it may even draw them closer! Breathe and then focus on the next step before you. Holding your breath will only deprive you of oxygen. Keep breathing and stepping – The rest will unfold, come what may.
Thank you to my sister crone, Jennie, for sending this beautiful India Arie song into my awareness, via Facebook. Take a minute to listen and breathe in the light.
This was my version of a panic attack. Fear of pain, leading to pain and more fear until my mind was hijacked by my own emotions, my autonomic nervous system, and an almost irresistible urge to Fight or Flight! The cool stream of a conscious deep breath could have created a space, and a bitContinue reading “17. Emotions Gone Wild”
Do you ever feel like your brain is going to over heat? Boy, there have been days, and nights, when I felt so overwhelmed that it was hard to see a way forward. Adrenalin was coursing through my veins, and my brain was in overdrive, trying to think my way out of the latest perceivedContinue reading “14. Get Out of Your Head!”
Breathing is a REAL magic trick, not just one that my mind made up. Just two minutes of mindful breathing can change everything. It has become a cliché to say, “just breathe”, to anyone who is in a crisis. I see it all the time, now, in movies and on TV. When some poor woman isContinue reading “11. Breathe”
Sometimes, in times of stress or high emotion, there seems to be no room for…anything. My chest is tight, my heart is tight, my mind is tight, my temper is short, and I cannot find an opening for love and grace. How do I create that opening where there is none? Breathe. Breathe in throughContinue reading “3. Create a Space”