Take a deep breath
book: Mitten Strings for God

alarm on phone reminds me to breathe

My dear sister-in-law gave me a book a while ago titled Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry by Katrina Kenison. Being almost as busy as you are, I’ve been reading small bites of the book, which it is conveniently divided into with it’s 2 and 4 page chapters.

One of the chapters is titled “Breathing”. Katrina reflects on the benefits of taking a little more time for just breathing and her experiences focusing on taking deep breaths to calm down or with her children. Good stuff. Reminds me of Heidi’s post about the calming effect of her new chimes.

In my effort to be more efficient, I think I’ve cut my breaths in half and live on high anxiety much of the time. I can’t add a bunch of goals and new ideals to my plate right now, but I thought I could take a moment for, and would benefit from, an occasional deep breath.

So I scheduled it on my phone as an alarm. Now every day a notification pops up that simply says “Breathe.” So at least I get one deep breath in each day. Hey, it’s progress, believe me. It’s doable, and a goal that decreases, rather than increases, my stress. I bet you could squeeze one in too, if you could remember.

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About Sunny

My name is Sunny, and my husband and I have five "children" ages 19 to 4. I love learning. I have a M.F.A. in Humanities and dream about going back to school some day. I run around doing "mom" stuff, try to put a nutritious dinner on the table for whomever shows up, and I thrive on creative projects when possible. Mostly I strive to just keep up with the mountains and mole hills of day to day life.
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