18 Of 365 (366) For 2012

[All credit to herr_der_inge, whose lovely picture may be found here]

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Concious breathing is my anchor.”

[Thich Nhat HanhStepping into freedom]

4 thoughts on “18 Of 365 (366) For 2012

  1. My nearly ‘best friend’ at work has gone twice on retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh. The one thing that we’ve talked about frequently over the years is how we are always “one breath away from peace”. It’s an important thing to remember that we are able to influence our own emotions, and that just breathing, can change the direction of any moment to a more peaceful one. It’s not just theory and something nice to say, it works in practice. But it’s interesting how few people think it makes a difference and are willing to engage in mindful breathing techniques.

    Breathing helps intercede in the fight or flight process our bodies undergo, and I think that the most interesting part is that even though a biology lesson will prove why this is, a spiritual leader has found it without a science textbook (assuming here that he found this elsewhere since most of the internet is blacked out at the moment in the US for me to actually verify it… who knows maybe Thich was a biomed student first, probably should go ask my friend)

    • I believe this is true! Breathing helps with so many thing (relaxation, endurance of pain, tranquility – yes and obviously staying alive πŸ˜‰ ).

      Phil does a lot of breathing excercises (and is always begging my ueber-anxious self to join in on the fun), his mother too (but it’s the “Fedenkreis” – spelling? method – which deals more with pain and painrelief than with mental anxieties).

      Honestly, I have not been able to do this (yet). I struggle with somebody telling me how to breath – it makes me nervous and somewhat aggressiv and stubborn (yes, you rightly sense a bit of a control freak here πŸ˜‰ )

      Thanks for sharing your secondhand experiences from your friend here – very interesting! I especially loved the part where “we are only one breath away from peace” – That’s phenomenal! I never thought about it like that πŸ™‚

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