A Reminder to Breathe and Be Still

breathe
breathe

It only takes a reminder to breathe,

a moment to be still, and just like that,
something in me settles, softens, makes
space for imperfection.
The harsh voice
of judgment drops to a whisper and I
remember again that life isn’t a relay
race;
that we will all cross the finish
line;
that waking up to life is what we
were born for.
As many times as I
forget, catch myself charging forward
without even knowing where I’m going,
that many times I can make the choice
to stop, to breathe, and be, and walk
slowly into the mystery.
 
~ Danna Faulds
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Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe, a writer-teacher-mom, is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe at jenniferwolfe.net.

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    1. Kim, you’re not alone. I feel like I should have this tattooed on my hand so every time I get overwhelmed I can stop, pause, breathe and remember what is really important. So glad to hear from you-hugs to you, my friend. -Jennifer

    1. Mirjam, you’re so welcome. I need this reminder often; I get caught up in life and forget that everything comes so much more easily if I just pause, step back and breathe. Thank you for commenting today! -Jennifer

    1. Brenda, I do wish that these simple, yet vital, practices were not so easily forgotten. I know my life would be infinitely easier if I didn’t have to remember. I need to work on that! So glad you’re back safely from Britain and can’t wait to see you! -Jennifer

    1. Marcie, isn’t it odd how we all forget to breathe and be still, when it is really such a simple thing to do? I find myself repeatedly reminding myself to stop. slow down. Wait for the next breath. It really does help, doesn’t it? Thanks so much for commenting today! -Jennifer

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