Exhaling Words

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth

Learning to breathe comes naturally. When I became conscious of breathing I stopped breathing. I held my breath for 32 years, but my heart never stopped beating. If anything, the rhythm increased. I feel less heart attacks now that I’m exhaling again. I thank the substance from trees–the oxygen I need–for never changing.

7 responses to “Exhaling Words

  1. James Baldwin wrote in a letter to his nephew;

    “You come from a long line of poets, some of the greatest poets since Homer. One of them said, The very time I thought I was lost, My dungeon shook and my chains fell off.”

    Breathing is easier without the chains.

  2. This morning I exhaled! I was tired of choking on my own words and holding my breath. It felt really good to let that air flow out and say things that needed to be said. I exhaled, it may have seemed like I was rambling…I probably was, but it felt so good. It was difficult for me to realize what I had been holding until I began to breathe again. It feed good to exhale words and talk. I am learning that there doesn’t have to always be a “right time” … just breathe. Holding my breath caused me to be so guarded and hidden. Holding my breath resulted in me hurting myself and others.

    Exhaling words… I can breathe.

  3. This is good stuff. The Nikki Giovanni quote is a good one, too. Relaxing and just letting live come to you is a good way to live–as long as you're not COMPLETELY complacent. We control the direction of our lives, but we don't have to be so attached to outcomes.

  4. There are two things that pop into my head when I think about the initial post. First, breathing scares me. I keep everyone at arms length. I've done it for years. I think I've cheated myself of good relationships with my family and friends because of this. I know now that opening leads to what is meant for me. Although I still breath shallow breaths, I am exhaling more often. It's pretty exhilerating! Second, in regards to my job, or lack thereof, I feel like I am in an open meadow. I was recently laid off from a job that felt like it was pressing on my abdomen, restricting me from breathing. Now…wow! God does answer prayers!


  5. Now that I exhaled and said what I needed to say to whom I needed to say it too. Lord I felt like I was going to bust and die the air was filling up in my lungs daily, monthly yearly. Thank you Jesus for being able to exhale thank you I did not choke to death I was almost there. The color has come back to my cheeks I can see there is no more water in my eyes. I am back and breathing everyday freely. Just the beginning!

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