Every day in January, I paused to take five deep breaths. Hand to my heart. Creating space inside me. Letting in light and even love with each breath.
I'm doing it again this month.
Each time I'm taking a photo and pausing to listen in the space just after I finish the fifth breath. I'm seeking evidence of this moment, of who I am, of what I most need to remember. Then I'm pairing the photo with the words I hear. Words like:
Five deep breaths right here alone for just this minute.
Five deep breaths while steeped in gratitude and trusting my gut.
Five deep breaths even in (especially in) the rainy dark.
Five deep breaths as prayer before nourishment.
Five deep breaths in that blurry space of exhaustion.
Five deep breaths in the rain knowing it's okay that I don't have all the answers.
And as I take these deep breaths, I really feel like I'm coming home to myself.
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