Mindfulness Monday: Breathe

image; words Daniell Koepke

“Mindfulness of the breath is, in my opinion, one of the most powerful practices. Our breath is with us always and as we develop our ability to remember to focus on the breath, we can ride the breath  through many waves and storms in our lives. The breath will carry us and help us to be present for what is showing up, whether it is in people, situations or our own hearts and minds.”

Diana Winston and Greater Good Science Center

“Relax. You are enough. You do enough. Breathe extra deep, let go, and just live right now in this moment.”

Shunryu Suzuki

“Mindfulness is when you are truly there, mind and body together. You breathe in and out mindfully, you bring your mind back to your body, and you are there.”


De Quervain’s tenosynovitis in my left wrist/thumb earlier this year (you can read about it here), but you may have missed that I now have it in my right wrist.  The left wrist was treated with a cortisone shot and since then I’ve had no problem.  I’ve had 2 cortisone injections in my right wrist and I’m still in pain. … My surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, the 7th.  It is a minor surgery, I’m not even put under general anesthesia.  They just put a little incision on the inside of my wrist below the thumb (on the side, not the palm) and snip a little to release the tendons.”

But, during the recovery/rehab period, Wendy isn’t sure if she can use her dominant hand to type out wonderous things like Mindfulness Monday. So, I’ve stepped in to give her a “hand” – pardon the pun.

First, of course, I know you will be sending good, healing thoughts Wendy’s way. She may have difficulty communicating by keyboard for up to six weeks; if she doesn’t post or respond to a comment, it doesn’t mean she hasn’t been writing them in her head. 

My Tai Chi instructor has been focusing on co-coordinating our breathes with out movements. Each pose has an inhale and exhale component. As we relearn each pose with breathing, the meditation in motion of Tai Chi is strengthened.

So, today’s post concerns mindfulness breathing. Hope you find the quotes intriguing enough to explore mindfulness breathing. It is the key, the core to mindfulness in many ways.


6 thoughts on “Mindfulness Monday: Breathe

  1. Reblogged this on Lorraine's frilly freudian slip and commented:

    I’m helping my friend Wendy with her mindfulness mondays as she undergoes hand surgery and recovery.
    In Tai Chi, we have done a lot lately about breathing — each pose, each move is coordinated to inhaling and exhaling through the nose. As TAi Chi is meditation in motion, breathing is a key factor to this quality.

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  2. Pat: willow88switches

    thanks Lorraine 🙂

    lovely post for this monday –
    and sending Wendy good thoughts and easy, peaceful, mindful, pain free (as much as possible) healing 🙂


  3. I frequently have pains, severe ones. Don’t know if this would be known as Chronic ones. Due to the fact that I avoid Doctors (!) as far as possible, it may be that I have ‘missed’ learning things.

    In any case, my pains are More of the Mental kind. And I tide/ride them over by Using ‘Mantras.’ Works Every kind. …Not much different from the methods You describe.

    One with You in You journey across life. Hearty Wishes, Love and Regards, my Dear Wendy.

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    1. Thank you my friend.
      If your pains are something you always live with, (some days better, some worse) then it’s chronic. Mental pains are just as real as physical ones.

      Do you have specific mantras you use? Or are they personal?

      You are so kind, I always enjoy hearing from you. Love to you. w

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      1. I remember living with Pain from about the age of 28; and I am approaching 71 now. It is Not ‘Always,’ rather, it would be ‘Much of the time,’ with me.

        No, my Dear Wendy, my mantras are Not private. I started by using the famous ‘Jesus Prayer,’ switched to various various verses of the Bible, like the 6th verse of the 23rd Psalm, all over Extended periods of time, of course. Meaning thereby, I have ‘Stayed’ with certain mantras for Years.

        One Tony D’mello, now deceased, author or many books and Guru, had suggested that just ‘Counting’ would work as a Mantra. Being a Guru myself, I fully agree with that, and practise it a lot, especially when I am walking.

        Lots of Love and Regards to You, my Dear Wendy! 🙂


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