Breathing (quotes)

Breathing is the very stuff of life

  • Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life. Gregory Maguire
  • The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.  Robert Louis Stevenson
  • We too should make ourselves empty, that the great soul of the universe may fill us with its breath. Laurence Binyon
  • We live in an ocean of air like fish in a body of water. By our breathing we are attuned to our atmosphere.  If we inhibit our breathing we isolate ourselves from the medium in which we exist.  In all Oriental and mystic philosophies, the breath holds the secret to the highest bliss.  Alexander Lowen
  • Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Hillary Cooper
  • Freedom is strangely ephemeral. It is something like breathing; one only becomes acutely aware of its importance when one is choking.  William E. Simon
  • Life: A breathing spell.
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Breathing is wonderful

  • I love to breathe. Oxygen is sexy!  Kris Carr
  • Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue. John Muir
  • The process of breathing, if fully understood and experienced in its profound significance, could teach us more than all the philosophies of the world. Lama Govinda

Breathing is a powerful way to relax and release tension

  • Breathing from your diaphragm oxygenates your blood, which helps you relax almost instantly. Robert Cooper
  • One way to break up any kind of tension is good deep breathing. Byron Nelson
  • Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Natalie Goldberg Natalie
  • Every breath is an opportunity to receive and let go. Brenda MacIntyre
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Breathing can reduce anxiety

  • Deep breathing. When you’re anxious, you breathe faster. This hyperventilation causes symptoms such as dizziness, breathlessness, light-headedness, and tingly hands and feet. These physical symptoms are frightening, leading to further anxiety and panic. But by breathing deeply from the diaphragm, you can reverse these symptoms and calm yourself down. Robert Segal
  • If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath. Amit Ray
  • Slow breathing is like an anchor in the midst of an emotional storm: the anchor won’t make the storm goes away, but it will hold you steady until it passes. Russ Harris
  • When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.
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Breathing can set you free from fear…

  • Your breath can set you free. It can anchor you in the now and help you vanquish and overcome your most pervasive fears. I saved it for last, because it’s one of the simplest and most powerful ways of overcoming fear. Henri Junttila
  • The best advice I can give you is to take big, easy breaths when you feel fear. Feel the fear instead of pretending it’s not there. Celebrate it with a big breath, just the way you’d celebrate your birthday by taking a big breath and blowing out all the candles on your cake. Do that, and your fear turns into excitement. Do it more, and your excitement turns into exhilaration. I find it very empowering to know that I’m in charge of the exhilaration I feel as I go through life. I bet you will, too. Gay Hendricks
  • Next time you feel the stress gremlins taking over, remember to take a nice, deep breath and exhale with a sigh. Brian Johnson
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… for fear is excitement without the breath

  • Fear is excitement without the breath. Gay Hendricks
  • The only difference between fear and excitement is whether you are breathing. Dan Millman
  • The very same mechanisms that produce excitement also produce fear, and any fear can be transformed into excitement by breathing fully with it. Gay Hendricks
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Breathing is the link between the mind and body

  • Breathing in and out is very important, and it is enjoyable. Our breathing is the link between our body and our mind. Sometimes our mind is thinking of one thing and our body is doing another, and mind and body are not unified. By concentrating on our breathing, “In” and “Out,” we bring body and mind back together, and become whole again. Conscious breathing is an important bridge. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Thich Nhat Hanh
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Breathing is a way to still the mind and attain peace

  • When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.
  • When the breath wanders, the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed, the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life.  Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.   Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • Most of the time, we think too much, and mindful breathing helps us to be calm, relaxed, and peaceful. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life.  Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.  Svatmarama
  • Notice how quickly you can bring your mind to a more peaceful place, simply by focusing your breath. Martin Boroson
  • Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space. Eckhart Tolle
  • Meditation is universal. You sit and observe your breath. You can’t say this is Hindu breath or Christian breath or Muslim breath. Charles Johnson
  • Take three deep breaths and smile everywhere in your body. Observe what’s happening in your body. Proceed now with kindness and understanding. Deepak Chopra
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Breathing properly brings health

  • A healthy mind has an easy breath.
  • For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth. Sanskrit Proverb
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Breathing helps you slow down and be mindful

  • Smile, breathe and go slowly. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. Thich Nhat Hạnh
  • Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. Etty Hillesum
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Breathing helps you be present in the now

  • The practice is simply this: keep coming back to your breath during the day. Just take a moment. This will give your mind a steadiness and your breath a gracefulness…. There’s so much to let go of, isn’t there? Your nostalgia and your regrets. Your fantasies and your fears. What you think you want instead of what is happening right now. Breathe. Rodney Yee
  • Let go.  And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.  Oprah Winfrey
  • Slow breathing is like an anchor in the midst of an emotional storm: the anchor won’t make the storm goes away, but it will hold you steady until it passes.   Russ Harris
  • It helps to have a focus for your attention, an anchor line to tether you to the present moment and to guide you back when the mind wanders. The breath serves this purpose exceedingly well. It can be a true ally. Bringing awareness to our breathing, we remind ourselves that we are here now, so we might as well be fully awake for whatever is already happening. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Our way to practice is one step at a time, one breath at a time. Shunryu Suzuki
  • Breathing in I calm my body. Breathing out I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment!  Thich Nhat Hanh
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Breathing can connect you to the Spirit within

  • Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you.  Exhale, and you approach God.  Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.  Krishnamacharya
  • Focusing on the act of breathing clears the mind of all daily distractions and clears our energy enabling us to better connect with the Spirit within.
  • …breathing deeply and regularly is not only the key to remaining calm, but also instantly connects us to a higher vibration. When we’re stressed or fearful, we tend to hold our breath, which cuts us off from our Higher Self and our intuitive vibes. Sonia Choquette
  • Breath is Spirit. The act of breathing is Living.
  • I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am.  Sylvia Plath
  • When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world. K.S. Lyengar
  • I find there is a little spot at the end of every breath where no one can get to but me. It’s pure rapture. Joe Honeywell
  • When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.  K.S. Iyengar

Breathing can awaken the love within

  • There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. Then, there’s another way: a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity.  Rumi
  • Spiritual Breathing teaches us that we are all connected in love. Dan Brule
  • Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. Swedish Proverb
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Be consciously aware of your breathing as often as you are able

  • Be aware of your breathing as often as you are able, whenever you remember. Do that for one year, and it will be more powerfully transformative than attending all of these courses. And it’s free. Eckhart Tolle
  • Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes. Etty Hillesum
  • It is not so much about taking deep breaths… though that can help. It is more about taking conscious breaths, being Present and Centered as you breathe.  Let your breaths be effortless….  Jim Barnes
  • Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Shallow breathing is the root of all evil, but conscious deep breathing restores and secures our souls. Desmond Green
  • Live consciously (with conscious awareness)

How to breathe

  • Remind yourself to breathe deeply through your nose and into your abdomen. Breathe out through your mouth, slowly. This relaxes and releases stress. Focus on your breath and notice your body and mind saying goodbye to tension. Henri Junttila
  • Learn how to exhale, the inhale will take care of itself. Carla Melucci Ardito
  • The nose is for breathing, the mouth is for eating. Proverb
  • Your breathing should flow gracefully, like a river, like a watersnake crossing the water, and not like a chain of rugged mountains or the gallop of a horse. To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds. Each time we find ourselves dispersed and find it difficult to gain control of ourselves by different means, the method of watching the breath should always be used. Thich Nhat Hanh

Breathing exercises to try

  • Take in a deep, slow breath. Let your attention stay on this breath. Hold the breath in for 5 seconds, then slowly exhale and pause for another 5 seconds at the end of the exhale. Repeat a few times if you like. Leo Babauta
  • Focused breathing can help you control your physical responses to stress. Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth behind your teeth, inhale deeply through your nose, and fill up with air until your stomach sticks out like a baby’s.  Then slowly release the air through your nose or mouth.  Do this at least three times.  It will help you to loosen up and settle down. Stephen Covey
  • Let out a big sigh, dropping your chest, and exhaling through gently pursed lips. Now imagine your low belly, or centre, as a deep, powerful place. Feel your breath coming and going as your mind stays focused there. Inhale, feeling your entire belly, sides and lower back expand. Exhale, sighing again as you drop your chest, and feeling your belly, back and sides contract. Repeat 10 times, relaxing more fully each time. Joan Borysenko
  • Find a place where you are alone. Train yourself in the following way: When you breathe in, experience breathing in. When you breathe out, be fully conscious that you are breathing out. If you cherish and practice this, it will bear great fruit. Whatever you are doing and wherever you are, you will find steadiness, calm, and concentration if you become conscious of your breathing. Majjhima Nikaya

On a lighter note

  • How can you tell if a man is sexually excited? He’s breathing.
  • Life: A breathing spell.
  • The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again. Erma Bombeck
  • The secret of longevity is to keep breathing. Sophie Tucker
  • Burn your computer. Blow up your TV. Bludgeon your cell phone. Breathe deeply. This, my friends, is the secret to inner-peace.    Brian Vaszily
  • I breathe onto a mirror just to make sure I’m still alive, and to see how good looking my breath is. Jarod Kintz
  • My wife has a slight impediment in her speech; every now and then she stops to breathe. Jimmy Durante
  • She was wearing a sweater so tight I could hardly breathe.
  • Smile, it lets your teeth breathe.
  • Those hot pants of hers were so damned tight I could hardly breathe. Benny Hill
  • What did the elephant say to the naked man? How do you breathe through that tiny thing?
  • You can’t smoke in a restaurant in Los Angeles which is mildly ironic when you consider the fact that you can’t breathe outside a restaurant in Los Angeles. Greg Proops