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Wednesday
Dec142011

Breathing Practice

Sometimes it's embarrassing how long it takes me to notice the obvious. Even after I admitted in public that I skipped out on shooting a rare-ish celestial event (that happened right in front of me, when I was sitting there with all the appropriate gear) it didn't really occur to me that I should do something about this hunger for solitude.

You know, since I'm so busy and engaged with people in Very Important Ways all the time.

I was explaining all this to a friend Monday, and she challenged me invited me to commit to meditate for thirty minutes every day for thirty days. Just to see what happens. I recognize that a meditation challenge sounds like something of an oxymoron, but it had the ring of a good idea. As I thought about it I noticed, right, I need alone time.  I can make that happen.  I just have to decide to create the space for it.

I tested the hypothesis that this would be worth trading a half-hour of sleep for, and crept out of bed at 5:00am yesterday. It was nice, sitting there alone in the dark, even if the thing I noticed most of all is that my breath was shallow and uneven and I couldn't really moderate it the way I wanted. 

Inhale.

Exhale.

It's not as easy as it sounds.

I used to be very good at breathing, and I never realized it was the sort of thing you have to practice. But it was obvious as I sat there that I have forgotten how to breathe. That seems like a good thing to notice.

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I'm going to try not to be too hard on myself.  I'm going to try to just show up for myself every day for a month, the way I show up for work, or for Ezra, or for meetings at school.  I'm going to try to remember how to breathe.  We'll see what comes.

Reader Comments (7)

speaking for everybody inside you--yay!

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

Bravo! That is a commitment--30 minutes is a long stretch to dive into each day. I'm impressed. I would be far more wimpy and start with like 5 minutes each day for a month. You go. Can't wait to hear your reflections. xoxo

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan @ Life Refocused

Corinna - I have been toying with taking up a mediation practice. I have no excuses either since I have no obligations on my time. Perhaps your example will lead the way and be the final inspiration that I need to actually make it happen.

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

This is good stuff. You should be proud. And the picture is hilarious. So what's the update? Is this working? Maybe you should create some sort of meditation advent calendar to chart progress.

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScott

Great idea! This is inspiring.

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

Splendid idea--I challenged myself to do the same some time back but failed. Perhaps it's time to try again. I love this introspective self portrait--it's perfect for this post.

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

Nice share for breathing practice, practice relaxation breathing exactly make body and mind be better.

Thank you to share.. :D

February 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterABas

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