Poised To Take My Next Breath!

May 31, 2020 | 0 comments

Tomorrow’s the day!  Pacific County will step into Phase Two of Governor Inslee’s “Phased Approach to Modifying Physical Distance Measures as we Reopen the State.”

Even though I don’t forsee any serious changes in what we are doing here in our household, I feel a bit like I did the first time I jumped off the high diving board at San Rafael High School in 1950.   Logic told me that I would be fine, yet my fight-or-flight response was in high gear.  So… I took a deep breath and got on with it.

Now, seventy years later, I still have the urge to take a deep breath while our  community takes this gigantic plunge into the unknown.  But it will be two weeks or so before we find out just how risky that unknown is — too long for continuous breath-holding.  Even the Bajau of the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, who take free diving to the extreme, can only manage thirteen minutes or so.

Recently, we heard James Nestor talking with Terry Gross on “Fresh Air” about his new (May 26th!) book, Breath.   Fascinating — as in, did you know that the nose is more closely connected to our genitals than any other organ?   It is covered in that same erectile tissue.

And Breath is informative — as in, we take some 25,000 breaths a day and nose-breathing (as opposed to mouth-breathing) orchestrates innumerable functions in our body to keep us in balance.

In fact, Breath (and the author, himself) sounded so compelling that we have ordered the book.  It should be here tomorrow!  Great!  I may not be able to hold my breath until we find out how we’re managing during Phase Two, but maybe I can start reducing my stress level by working on my breathing skills.



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