“Breathe in, deeply, to a slow count of four. Hold your breath for another count of four. Let it out, slowly, gently, to a count of eight, so that every gasp of air in your lungs is let out. This way you’re cleansing yourself, letting out all the dirt and old air that’s been in your lungs for a while.” – Yoga teacher
“Breathe with both your mouth and your nose, and feel the air going into your stomach, your diaphragm and your chest. Good. Now hold it and feel the air inside you. All that air, and the power to keep it inside, that’s all the air you can sing with. You can hold a note for longer if you control your breathing this way.” – Vocal coach
“Oh, this came out blurry. Look, let’s try again, and try holding your breath when you click down.” – Friend, on photography
“Huh, yeah right. Don’t hold your breath, it’s never going to happen.” – Character in a nightmare
It feels like I’m always holding my breath, waiting for something or other. Soon, the waiting, the holding pattern, the in-between-time will be over. Soon I’ll be able to let the air out and take another breath.
5 thoughts on “Held Breath”
Hey hon. I hope everything is okay. And I know what it’s like, in my own way, to be holding my breath…just waiting. You have so much going for you, though. And I hope you know how many people believe in you, Ems.
“Breathe stupid!” ~ Ren Höek as he smacks Stimpson J. Cat because he forgot to breathe.
Point is, the sun rises tomorrow. This too shall pass.
Hope you can exhale soon, Ilana. *hugs*
(As an aside? So beautifully written.)
Loved all the images…glad you’re breathing again~
Holding your breath for too long can be dangerous. I hope all is well and sometimes letting everything out is best.