A breath of fresh air

As I sit here writing to you, I am thinking of all the people who were in Hurricane Irma’s path, and Harvey’s, too, and my heart is with you. We were without power for two days, with lots of limbs and debris on the ground, but no damage to our home. We are among the lucky ones. Some of you have damage that will take months to fix, years to recuperate from.

Each time I think of the people in the U.S. affected by hurricanes, fires and floods, my mind goes to those living in refugee / migrant camps all over the world with no end in sight. I can only imagine those who crave quiet, peaceful time to think, plan, reflect on what has happened and what is possible. It makes me appreciate that quiet time is a state of mind as well as a physical place. The state of mind that allows you to go within to the peace that is at your center. For me it is prayer and visualizing what I am praying about. For you it may be a special thought, mantra or mental image.

Whatever peaceful place you can go to in your mind is a natural gift. One you can give to yourself each and every day. And one that becomes easier to access with practice. I encourage you to go to your quiet mental place for a moment now. Breathe. Close your eyes momentarily if you’d like, although not required. Go there. Be there. Relish the surroundings you envision as your own private place.

Breathe in to the count of 7, 8, 9 or 10. Hold it gently for the same number of seconds. Then release for two seconds more than you counted in. Repeat. Do this daily, or whenever you need a shift in your state of mind.

That breath, wherever it takes you, is my wish for you today.

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