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Ready For Something New?

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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?
Stop.
Get still.
Close your eyes.
Breathe OUT fully.
Then breathe in.
Breathe in more.
Hold this breath in.
Wait
Wait
Wait
Wait
Wait
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

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Trusting.
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.

The Greatest Miracle

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Early this morning
I took a deep breath
and I asked my heart
some questions.
Why was I surprised
when the answers
were so sweet, gentle,
and simple
that they pointed me
back home
to the truth
I always knew?
I suppose I had bought in
to the idea that miracles
were these huge displays
of cosmic power and grandeur.
Now I know better.
Now I know
the greatest miracle
is a simple recognition
of the tender heart
of awareness—
quiet,
gentle, sweet—
the heart in all of us.

To Be Good

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In an effort to cope
with the overwhelming change
I dropped into a cycle
of self-improvement.
Working on myself
is something I can control.
If bad things are happening,
it’s because of my mindset,
my perspective needs tweaking,
obviously I haven’t done the right work
or enough of it
for it to count.
There comes a point
when all this work becomes exhausting,
pointless, fruitless, a waste of time.
Then the work becomes trusting,
surrendering, letting go,
opening up to what is,
being right here,
breathing.
Let me set down this burden
of always trying to be better.
Let me breathe
and love this little creature
that lives within me,
this self that tries so hard to be good.

Just This Once

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I discover that
when I breathe more
I enjoy life more.
I relax,
my body feels good,
I have energy.
I’ve been working on
establishing a deep, slow,
steady breath
for years now and
I know that it feels good
when I breathe consciously.
So the work becomes
remembering to breathe
during the day.
Thank you, oh mind,
for giving me the gift
of conscious breathing
in this moment.
Thank you for waking up from the trance
long enough to remember
to breathe just this once.

Standing Here

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Standing here, looking forward
I can hope, I feel strong,
I know I can make it through this.
Looking back
I feel angry, I feel hurt,
I feel betrayed,
I am filled with grief.
Standing here, right here
in this present moment,
I am aware of the swirls of thought
and my tendency to look back
and to look forward.
Standing here, opening my eyes,
I see what choices I have.
I sit down.
I close my eyes.
I breathe in and out, slowly.
This moment is all I ever have.
This moment is all I ever need to know.