Breathe

The Monsters, Compañeros and Criatura of the Island say,

Breathe.

Every minute we breathe in and out about 15 times.. x 60 minutes.. x 24 hours = about 21, 600 breaths each day.  How many do we notice?

Sometimes we can almost forget that we are breathing.  Often until we are out of breath or something goes wrong.  Meanwhile our lungs are working away for us, keeping us alive.  Maybe we take them for granted.

We are using the same air as all the other living things around us on the planet – people, animals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects, trees, plants.  We are connected to all other living things by sharing air with them.

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It can be useful to bring awareness to our breathing.  Perhaps in the form of some deep breaths, or a meditative noticing of the breath in and the breath out.  It can help us come into the present moment, and into our bodies, where it creates movements and sensations.

It is also an entire life cycle in a moment, a beginning and ending, and maybe a change.  It echoes natural processes such as the waxing and waning of the moon, the ebb and flow of a tide, the sprouting and falling of leaves on trees.

The words inspiration and aspiration, as well as expiration, come from the Latin words ‘spirare’ – ‘breathe’.  See the Island Dictionary.

Our breath is our life.  When we stop breathing we stop living, we die.

There are different ways to work with our breathing – meditation practices or breathing techniques, relaxation or calming exercises, practices connected to Yoga, Tai Chi or other types of Bodywork.

So Island Creatures suggest,

Try to take some moments in your day to remember that you are breathing, and appreciate it too.

Just breathe.