July 24-A, 2022

Pinyon Pine 09/22/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah
If you want to feel better
on every level
stop what you are doing
10 times a day
and do nothing but breathe
for 5 minutes,
or, you could stop 5 times a day
and breathe for 10 minutes.

Just breathe,
and be conscious of your breathing.
And pause for a count of 5 
between out and in breaths.

And there is nothing magical
about the 5 and 10.
Just stop and breathe 
throughout the day.

Take three breaths in and out,
pausing for a count of 5 between
each breath
throughout the day.

Waiting in line,
waiting to order lunch,
waiting to pay for lunch...

Going to the loo,
riding to work,
riding home from work...

Force yourself to be conscious
by saying to yourself,
"I'm breathing in...
I'm breathing out...
One, Two, Three, Four, Five,
I'm breathing in...
I'm breathing out...

Stop and breathe.
Your life will improve immeasurably
in surprising ways,
and your body will thank you.

Stopping is the cure for many ills.

Look around.
Nobody ever stops.
That's why things are as they are.

Start stopping.
Start the revolution.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: