Breathing quotes

  • Krishnamacharya's personal practice was always with long deep breathing and mental focus. Observe the position of his head, the lower abdomen and his mental focus. He was always concentrated on the inner alignment through breath.
    -- A. G. Mohan

    #Breathing #Practice #Long

  • For me, songwriting is something like breathing: I just do it. But that doesn't mean you're fantastic.
    -- Adam Duritz

    #Mean #Breathing #Fantastic

  • Practicing meditation is just like breathing. While working we breathe, while sleeping we breathe, while sitting down we breathe... Why do we have time to breathe? Because we see the importance of the breath, we can always find time to breathe. In the same way, if we see the importance of meditation practice we will find the time to practice.
    -- Ajahn Chah

    #Sleep #Practice #Breathing

  • You say that you are too busy to meditate. Do you have time to breathe? Meditation is your breath. Why do you have time to breathe but not to meditate? Breathing is something vital to peoples lives. If you see that Dhamma practice is vital to your life, then you will feel that breathing and practising the Dhamma are equally important.
    -- Ajahn Chah

    #Practice #Breathing #Meditation

  • I know I need to exercise. For some people, exercise is like breathing; for others, like me, it takes effort. Exercising is what I need for my metabolism and for a better sense of well-being.
    -- Al Roker

    #Exercise #Breathing #People

  • Breathing is important in the practice of meditation because it is the faculty in us that is simultaneously voluntary and involuntary. You can feel that you are breathing, and equally you can feel that it is breathing you. So it is a sort of bridge between the voluntary world and the involuntary world — a place where they are one.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Practice #Breathing #Bridges

  • To understand one's world, one must sometimes turn away from it! To serve better, one must briefly hold it at a distance. Where can the necessary solitude be found, the long breathing space in which mind gathers its strength and takes stock of its courage.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Distance #Breathing #Space

  • We read to understand, or to begin to understand. We cannot do but to read. Reading almost as much as breathing, is our essential function.
    -- Alberto Manguel

    #Reading #Breathing #Essentials

  • Anyone else feel like that? Like your life's a big act. Like you're trying to be a man when you're just a scared kid, trying to keep under control when you really want to scream, cry, or maybe hit someone. Ever feel like you're breathing underwater and you have to stop because you're gulping in too much fluid.
    -- Alex Flinn

    #Kids #Men #Breathing

  • Wherever you may find the inventor, you may give him wealth or you may take from him all that he has; and he will go on inventing. He can no more help inventing that he can help thinking or breathing.
    -- Alexander Graham Bell

    #Thinking #Breathing #Giving

  • In love's God-like breathing, there's the innermost aspect of the universe.
    -- Alexander Scriabin

    #Love #Breathing #Aspect

  • Even though Xavier was only human, it seemed he could protect me from anything and everything. I wouldn't have been worried if a fire-breathing dragon had torn of the roof, because I knew that Xavier was there. I wondered fleetingly if I was expecting to much og him, but dismissed the idea.
    -- Alexandra Adornetto

    #Dragons #Breathing #Ideas

  • Breathing him in wasn't enough, I wanted to inhale him. The leather, the smoke, the sweetness.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Breathing #Enough #Leather

  • Yes, I sold buttons to earn living. But I took pictures to keep on living. Pictures are my life – as necessary as eating or breathing.
    -- Alfred Eisenstaedt

    #Breathing #Buttons #Eating

  • Speak to Him, thou, for He hears, and Spirit with Spirit can meet- Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.
    -- Alfred Lord Tennyson

    #Spiritual #Hands #Breathing

  • From an evolutionary perspective children are, literally, designed to learn. Childhood is a special period of protected immaturity. It gives the young breathing time to master the things they will need to know in order to survive as adults.
    -- Alison Gopnik

    #Children #Order #Breathing

  • My music is homegrown from the garden of New Orleans. Music is everything to me short of breathing. Music also has a role to lift you up - not to be escapist but to take you out of misery.
    -- Allen Toussaint

    #Garden #New Orleans #Breathing

  • Change is the process by which the future invades our lives, and it is important to look at it closely, not merely from the grand perspectives of history, but also from the vantage point of the living, breathing individuals who experience it.
    -- Alvin Toffler

    #Change #Breathing #Perspective

  • If women lose the right to say where and how they birth their children, then they will have lost something that's as dear to life as breathing.
    -- Ami McKay

    #Children #Breathing #Birth

  • Get up my friend. If you're still breathing, there's still time enough for greatness.
    -- Andrew Craig

    #Greatness #Breathing #Mma

  • If I'm breathing in 2016, I'll be happy.
    -- Andrew Cuomo

    #Being Happy #Breathing #Cynical

  • Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Stress #Breathing #Panic Attacks

  • Even in the worst time of life, if you are still breathing, that means you are still alive. If you are still here, you haven't accomplished what is still to be accomplished. The most important part of your life is still ahead of you.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Mean #Breathing #Important

  • I'm the kind of developer who likes to throw lightning rods around. To make a great program there's got to be at least one person at the center who is breathing life into it. In a ferocious way.
    -- Andy Hertzfeld

    #Breathing #Lightning #Way

  • In 'Tintin,' it's like a live-action role. You're living and breathing and making decisions for that character from page 1 to page 120, the whole emotional arc. In an animated movie, it's a committee decision. There are 50 people creating that character. You're responsible for a small part.
    -- Andy Serkis

    #Character #Emotional #Breathing

  • Your unconscious can't work when you are breathing down its neck.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Inspirational #Breathing #Necks

  • But you can’t get to any of these truths by sitting in a field smiling beatifically, avoiding your anger and damage and grief. Your anger and damage and grief are the way to the truth. We don’t have much truth to express unless we have gone into those rooms and closets and woods and abysses that we were told not go in to. When we have gone in and looked around for a long while, just breathing and finally taking it in – then we will be able to speak in our own voice and to stay in the present moment. And that moment is home.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Grief #Home #Breathing

  • We are not damned. We never were. Who under the sun has the right to damn any living breathing creature?
    -- Anne Rice

    #Life #Breathing #Sun

  • I think her friends were worried that the bulimia might come back, about some psychological slide, and she was given breathing space to some extent by the media as much as she ever has been.
    -- Anthony Holden

    #Thinking #Media #Breathing

  • As long as a person is breathing, there is hope for them.
    -- Anthony Kiedis

    #Breathing #Long #There Is Hope

  • Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
    -- Arundhati Roy

    #Faith #Optimistic #Breathing

  • Growing up I always knew I had a deviated septum on the right side of my nose, which caused trouble breathing. The older I got, the worse it got.
    -- Ashley Tisdale

    #Growing Up #Breathing #Noses

  • In man, the mechanical breathing is essential to life, and it is one of the old tests for death to see whether these movements have ceased completely.
    -- August Krogh

    #Men #Breathing #Essentials

  • Too many people I've loved dearly have left this earth. And some I've lost are still here breathing the same air. That grief can be comparable if not worse in its consumption.
    -- Aunjanue Ellis

    #Grief #Air #Breathing

  • How to sustain the miracle Of being, that like a muted bell, Or like some ocean-breathing shell, Quivers, intense and still?
    -- Babette Deutsch

    #Ocean #Breathing #Miracle

  • I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.
    -- Banksy

    #Mean #Breathing #Names

  • So if waiting is an aggravation, it is at least partly because we do not like being reminded of our limits. We like doing -- earning, buying, selling, building, planting, driving, baking -- making things happen, whereas waiting is essentially a matter of being -- stopping, sitting, listening, looking, breathing, wondering, praying. It can feel pretty helpless to wait for someone or something that is not here yet and that will or will not arrive in its own good time, which is not the same thing as our own good time.
    -- Barbara Brown Taylor

    #Breathing #Aggravation #Waiting

  • Passion is not a quality that is foreign to you. It is not a characteristic that some people are born with and some must do without. To be passionate is as natural to you as breathing, as natural as being alive. It is the source of who you are.
    -- Barbara De Angelis

    #Passion #Psychics #Breathing

  • WE HAVE SEEN that hunger and breathing are desires of the body. There are other desires that are not of the body, but again man seldom pauses to observe these desires in himself.
    -- Barry Long

    #Men #Breathing #Desire

  • Don’t panic, I thought. But already my breathing was faster, shallower. “You mean you can feel happy or sad or—” “Desire.” A barely-there smile.
    -- Becca Fitzpatrick

    #Mean #Breathing #Desire

  • His eyes made a slow scan of my closet doors, which were cracked. “I thought I heard something.” “Yeah, well, guess what? I’m a living, breathing person, and every now and then I make noise!
    -- Becca Fitzpatrick

    #Eye #Doors #Breathing

  • I saw you, and I wanted to be close to you. I wanted you to let me in. I wanted to know you in a way no one else did. I wanted you, all of you. That wanting nearly drove me mad.” Patch paused, inhaling softly, as though breathing me in. “And now that I have you, the only thing that terrifies me is having to go back to that place. Having to want you all over again, with no hope of my desire ever being fulfilled. You’re mine, Angel. Every last piece of you. I won’t let anything change that.
    -- Becca Fitzpatrick

    #Angel #Breathing #Mad

  • I still perform it in all my shows. I'll do it as long as I'm breathing. I'm so proud it has stood the test of time.
    -- Ben E. King

    #Breathing #Long #Proud

  • Greed is a basic part of animal nature. Being against it is like being against breathing or eating. It means nothing.
    -- Ben Stein

    #Mean #Animal #Breathing

  • If every moment is sacred, and If you are amazed and in awe most of the time, when you find yourself breathing and not crazy, then you are in a state of constant thankfulness, worship and humility.
    -- Bernice Johnson Reagon

    #Crazy #Humility #Breathing

  • Step out from behind the words. When you're a writer you can imagine that the words speak for you and are you, but they're not. You are this living breathing bad hair day kind of person.
    -- Beth Kephart

    #Hair #Breathing #Steps

  • I am neither Christian enough nor charitable enough to like anybody just because he is alive and breathing. I want people to interest or amuse me. I want them fascinating and witty or so dul as to be different. I want them either intellectually stimulating or wonderfully corny; perfectly charming or hundred percent stinker. I like my chosen companions to be distinguishable from the undulating masses and I don't care how.
    -- Betty MacDonald

    #Christian #Witty #Breathing

  • The most serious problem facing humankind is climate change. All of these people breathing and burning our atmosphere has led to an extraordinarily dangerous situation. I hope next generation will emerge and produce technology, regulations, and a worldview that enable as many of us as possible to live happy healthy lives.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Technology #Breathing #People

  • You are God's highest form of creation. You are a living breathing creative magnet. You have the ability to control what you attract into your life.
    -- Bob Proctor

    #Breathing #Creative #Creation

  • Madonna is a living, breathing cash register.
    -- Boy George

    #Breathing #Cash #Register

  • The river was so blue it seemed to be breathing.
    -- Brian Morton

    #Blue #Breathing #Rivers

  • Well, I think breathing life into the Endangered Species Act, taking those wolves back into Yellowstone, restoring the salmon in the rivers of the Pacific Northwest.
    -- Bruce Babbitt

    #Thinking #Yellowstone #Breathing

  • One way to break up any kind of tension is good deep breathing.
    -- Byron Nelson

    #Break Up #Breathing #Way

  • Each email contains an unsubscribe link. We will NEVER sell, rent, loan, or abuse your email address in ANY way. One way to break up any kind of tension is good deep breathing.
    -- Byron Nelson

    #Happiness #Break Up #Breathing

  • Today, when we look at a brain, we see an intricate network of billions of neurons in constant, crackling communication, a chemical labyrinth that senses the world outside and within, produces love and sorrow, keeps our hearts beating and lungs breathing, composes our thoughts, and constructs our consciousness.
    -- Carl Zimmer

    #Communication #Heart #Breathing

  • The breath is a powerful toolit creates a bridge between the subconscious and conscious mind, and connects the mind and the body. When you sit and breathe deeply, your physiology will change, and both your mind and your body will relax and become open. Breathing helps clear your head of the thoughts of the emotions and ego, and it allows you to get closer to your true self.
    -- Carmen Harra

    #Powerful #Self #Breathing

  • It's the arrangement of events which makes the stories. It's throwing away, compressing, underlining. Hindsight can give structure to anything, but you have to be able to see it. Breathing, waking and sleeping: our lives are steamed and shaped into stories. Knowing that is what keeps me from going insane, and though I don't like to admit it, sometimes it's the only thing.
    -- Carol Shields

    #Sleep #Breathing #Knowing

  • According to energy medicine, we are all living history books. Our bodies contain our histories- every chapter, line and verse of every event and relationship in our lives. As our lives unfold, our biological health becomes a living, breathing biographical statement that conveys our strengths, weaknesses, hopes and fears.
    -- Caroline Myss

    #Book #Breathing #Medicine

  • Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You've got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
    -- Charles Duke

    #Blue #Breathing #Guy

  • Are you open for this possibility of the energy source of breathing to go through you or are you collapsing? Are you open to this coming and going of air and the possibility-wea ther we sit, or stand, or lie-to allow this exchange of air through us?
    -- Charlotte Selver

    #Lying #Air #Breathing

  • I love hiking in the mountains in Aspen. Breathing the clean, fresh air is great. Plus, it gives me a cardiovascular workout and firms my legs.
    -- Chris Evert

    #Workout #Air #Breathing

  • It's great to get out of the study and work with real living and breathing people.
    -- Christopher Hampton

    #Real #Breathing #People

  • Nearly all runners do their slow runs too fast, and their fast runs too slow." Ken Mierke says. "So they're just training their bodies to burn sugar, which is the last thing a distance runner wants. You've got enough fat stored to run to California, so the more you train your body to burn fat instead of sugar, the longer your limited sugar tank is going to last." -The way to activate your fat-burning furnace is by staying below your aerobic threshold--your hard-breathing point--during your endurance runs.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Distance #Breathing

  • Being called Black in America is the struggle to keep us moving and breathing over bloody water. Being a Nig**r or [Ni**a] without the context of history is like drowning in bloody water, dragging down those yet knowing to swim.
    -- Chuck D

    #Struggle #Moving #Breathing

  • I used to work in a funeral home to feel good about myself, just the fact that I was breathing.
    -- Chuck Palahniuk

    #Home #Breathing #Funeral

  • The world's continual breathing is what we hear and call silence.
    -- Clarice Lispector

    #Breathing #Silence #World

  • People don't realize that doing a horror movie is hard work. You're out there all day screaming your lungs out, breathing in toxic make-up fumes, rolling around in the dirt, getting your eyebrows burned off - it's not like doing a sitcom.
    -- Clint Howard

    #Hard Work #Breathing #Eyebrows

  • I'm a living, breathing example of someone who does the same exact thing, but drugs and alcohol just aren't a part of who I am.
    -- CM Punk

    #Who I Am #Breathing #Alcohol

  • Conducting has more to do with singing and breathing than with piano-playing.
    -- Colin Davis

    #Breathing #Piano #Singing

  • That's the purpose of old age... To give us a breathing space before we die, in which to see why we did what we did.
    -- Colleen McCullough

    #Breathing #Space #Giving

  • After she's gone, another brief lull sets in. This one is probably the last. But what good is a lull? It's only a breathing spell in which to get more frightened. Because anticipatory fear is always twice as strong as present fear. Anticipatory fear has both fears in it at once - the anticipatory one and the one that comes simultaneously with the dread happening itself. Present fear only has the one, because by that time anticipation is over.
    -- Cornell Woolrich

    #Strong #Fear #Breathing

  • Rather than allowing our response to an even affect our breathing, we can learn instead to let our breathing change our relationship to the event.
    -- Cyndi Lee

    #Yoga #Breathing #Meditation

  • In order to be a living, breathing thing, a novel has to be failed in some kind of way. Or at least that's how I keep writing them.
    -- Dana Spiotta

    #Writing #Order #Breathing

  • Writing well involves walking the path of most resistance. Sitting still, being patient, allowing the lunatic dream to take shape on the page, then the shaping, the pencil on the page, breathing, slowing down, being willing–no, more than willing, being wide open–to press the bruise until it blossoms.
    -- Dani Shapiro

    #Dream #Writing #Breathing

  • We are shaped by stories from the first moments of life, and even before. Stories tell us who we are, why we are here, and what will become of us. Whenever humans try to make sense of their experience, they create a story, and we use those stories to answer all the big questions of life. The stories come from everywhere--from family, church, school, and the culture at large. They so surround and inhabit us that we often don't recognize that they are stories at all, breathing them in and out as a fish breathes water.
    -- Daniel Taylor

    #School #Breathing #Water

  • It is from him, from Beolco Ruzzante, that I've learned to free myself from conventional literary writing and to express myself with words that you can chew, with unusual sounds, with various techniques of rhythm and breathing, even with the rambling nonsense-speech of the 'grammelot.'
    -- Dario Fo

    #Writing #Breathing #Rambling

  • Everyone was laughin'. Even that deaf mute boy was breathing heavy and pointing at me. Which is laughter to their kind.
    -- Dave Attell

    #Laughter #Boys #Breathing

  • I've been smoking nearly 50 years now. I just don't feel safe breathing anything I can't see!
    -- Dave Beard

    #Years #Breathing #Smoking

  • The activity of both sets of muscles, the diaphragm and the abdominal muscles, varies reciprocally. Thus, during inspiration the tonus of the diaphragm increases while that of the abdominal muscles decreases, and vice-versa during expiration. Hence there exists between these two muscle groups a floating equilibrium constantly shifting in both directions.
    -- Dave Gorman

    #Inspiration #Breathing #Two

  • Breathing involves a continual oscillation between exhaling and inhaling, offering ourselves to the world at one moment and drawing the world into ourselves at the next...
    -- David Abram

    #Offering #Breathing #Drawing

  • It's not getting from A to B. It's not the beginning or the destination that counts. It's the ride in between...This train is alive with things that should be seen and heard. It's a living, breathing something -- you just have to want to learn its rhythm.
    -- David Baldacci

    #Breathing #Alive #Want

  • Im a former, living, breathing, right-wing conspirator.
    -- David Brock

    #Breathing #Wings #Former

  • Fashion goes beyond fabric; it is the attempt to manifest art on a breathing canvas. I am very excited to collaborate with the artistic community as we celebrate this diversity of creative vision.
    -- David Dixon

    #Fashion #Art #Breathing

  • Every day I try to do breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga. These things sound awfully cliche, but they help me slow down and try to point to a truth.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Yoga #Exercise #Breathing

  • The Earth is a living, breathing entity. Without ongoing care and nurturing, there will be consequences too big to ignore.
    -- David Holmgren

    #Breathing #Ongoing #Earth

  • I am breathing. In dreams, we never bother to breathe.
    -- David Levithan

    #Dream #Breathing #Breathe

  • Breathing is hard. When you cry so much, it makes you realize that breathing is hard.
    -- David Levithan

    #Breathing #Realizing #Cry

  • We are continuous with all the particles of our physical being, as in our breathing we are continuous with the sky. Between our bodies and the world there is unity and commerce.
    -- David Malouf

    #Men #Sky #Breathing

  • Desire demands only a constant attention to the unknown gravitational field which surrounds us and from which we can recharge ourselves every moment, as if breathing from the atmosphere of possibility itself. A life’s work is not a series of stepping-stones onto which we calmly place our feet, but more like an ocean crossing where there is no path, only a heading, a direction, which, of itself, is in conversation with the elements.
    -- David Whyte

    #Ocean #Breathing #Feet

  • What we are expecting, after 2012, is a one hundred more times, more harmonious, Utopian world, where things like, time travel, levitation, instant telepathy, instant healing, telekinesis are as common and as everyday, as breathing. And I look forward to that time ...I see a very, very positive future coming.
    -- David Wilcock

    #Healing #Breathing #Everyday

  • An excess of development can undermine the most ephemeral but distinctive tool a writer possesses: authorial voice. A writer's voice is as individual and marked as a thumbprint, and is a playwright's truest imprimatur. It is as innate as breathing, and can be as unique as any genetic code. By its very singular nature, it is seldom born in the act of collaboration. True authorial voice always pre-dates the first rehearsal of a text. And it is - and will always be - an author's most distinguishing and valuable feature.
    -- David Wright

    #Unique #Breathing #Voice

  • I like finishing a movie and having this living, breathing thing.
    -- Dean Cain

    #Breathing #Finishing

  • He was sure that he was not the cause of the abrupt silence. His passage through the canyon had not previously disturbed either birds or cicadas. Something was out there. An intruder of which the ordinary forest creatures clearly did not approve. He took a deep breath and held it again, straining to hear the slightest movement in the woods. This time he detected the rustle of brush, a snapping twig, the soft crunch of dry leaves-and the unnervingly peculiar, heavy, ragged breathing of something big.
    -- Dean Koontz

    #Breathing #Silence #Bird

  • Compassion is a living, breathing, organic emotion that vibrates through you and links you to those around you.
    -- Deepak Chopra

    #Positivity #Compassion #Breathing

  • Once war becomes a clash of absolutes, there is no breathing room for mercy. Absolute truth is blind truth.
    -- Deepak Chopra

    #Spiritual #War #Breathing

  • So absolute, it is no other than happiness itself, a breathing too quiet to hear.
    -- Denise Levertov

    #Happiness #Breathing #Quiet

  • It's definitely the hardest tackle I've taken in my life but I'm still breathing and that's a good sign.
    -- Derick Hougaard

    #Taken #Breathing #Rugby

  • Shallow breathing is the root of all evil but conscious deep breathing restores and secures our souls.
    -- Desmond Green

    #Breathing #Roots #Evil

  • …I noticed you don’t have any self-defense training…” “…I can handle myself just fine.” She stared at me for a long, uncomfortable moment. Finally, “In the very short time I’ve known you, you have been chased, shot, robbed, stabbed, drugged, and attacked by magic.” “I’m still breathing, aren’t I?
    -- Devon Monk

    #Self #Breathing #Long

  • Art, its completeness, its formedness, its finishedness, had no power to console. Words on the other hand, were a lifeline. They left their hushed rhythm behind, a counter to the slow in and out of Emmeline's breathing.
    -- Diane Setterfield

    #Art #Hands #Breathing