Category Archives: breathing

A Monk’s Prayer…And a Few Questions


Breathing in, I calm my body
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment,
I know this is a wonderful moment.
—Thich Nhat Hanh

Could I allow life to be simple?
Could I attend to just this moment?
Could I slow down, breathe and smile?
Let me try and see what happens.

Ready For Something New?


Ok, so I get it.
Life isn’t simple or easy.
It’s a struggle, right?
It’s normal to feel down, right?
It’s normal to feel angry,
sad, uptight, out of sorts.
Don’t complain.
Do your duty.
But wait.
What if it weren’t
necessarily this way?
Get still.
Close your eyes.
Breathe OUT fully.
Then breathe in.
Breathe in more.
Hold this breath in.
Wait more.
Then exhale slowly.
Exhale all the way.
Exhale more.
Get really empty.
How do you feel now?
Are you ready now?
Ready for something new?

Really Trust


Trusting in life,
in my self,
in the Divine,
in love.
This trust
doesn’t come easily,
so I have turned it
into a practice.
Breathe in trust,
breathe out,
share my trust
with the Universe.
I’ve breathed a lot,
I’ve practiced
and practiced.
Maybe some day
all of this effort will pay off
and I’ll wake up and realize
I really do trust.