Day 282: the answer is simple …just breathe

9 Oct

“A doctor once told me that a person can’t breathe deeply and worry at the same time — it’s biologically impossible. A deep breath interrupts and dissipates worry waves.”

I highlighted this sentence on my iPad last night while reading: The Answer is Simple…Love Yourself, Live Your Spirit! by Sonia Choquette. (Thank you for the book recommendation Carrie Saba!)

It couldn’t have come at a better time.
With a mountain of plastic tubs packed and ready to go we had a little glitch in plans for our great migration south.  Justin called me on the way home to let me know his car was acting up, and not drivable until further notice.

This was not in the script.  And, definitely not on the packing list.  I, for one, am not prepared to star in the Cape Cod version of Gilligan’s Island.

We are, of course, not “stranded” on an island, but we will have an unexpected delay until the GMC gets a little TLC from an auto-mechanic.  As Justin broke the news to me last night he reassured me that all would be okay in his deep and soothing voice, “We will figure it out.”

Despite his calm inflection, my track star mind started to race — what will we do, how much will it cost, what is wrong with it, where do we take it?

And, then I read that passage.

“A doctor once told me that a person can’t breathe deeply and worry at the same time — it’s biologically impossible. A deep breath interrupts and dissipates worry waves.”

So, I took deep breaths.
And, amazingly enough, it worked.  My heart rate slowed, my body relaxed, and my mind reassured — We will figure it out.

So tonight, while we may still be working ourselves out of a jam, I leave you with this from Pearl Jam, a song ironically titled: Just Breathe.

I’ll be over here breathing too.
Deep. Soothing. Breaths.

2 Responses to “Day 282: the answer is simple …just breathe”

  1. Carrie Saba October 9, 2011 at 11:11 PM #

    Such a great reminder. I think I might need to re-read that book. It is such a good one! Thanks for sharing and good luck packing up and heading south:)

  2. Mike October 10, 2011 at 9:15 AM #

    Excellent as always Jamie!
    Good luck with Justin’s car, and with the move to warmer weather!

    Mike

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