Friday, March 10, 2006

zen

There is a specific moment during the course of a cold where the post nasal drip has stopped its irritation and morphed into something else, where the nose has stopped running, if only temporarily, where the sneezes are at bay, where the sinus pressure is causing a sensation closer to dizziness than pain, a dizziness that is similar to that feeling one might get after a glass of wine, when you realize that your mouth is closed and you can breathe through your nostrils. A complete breath of air. It’s a moment of clarity. It feels like nothing else. It feels like bliss. It feels like zen. Like nirvana. It is peace. It is calm. At least, to someone who has a lifelong history of respiratory issues of one sort or another (though, thankfully, nothing serious). You exclaim to yourself, Oh! So this is what it feels like to breathe! Your mind races with excitement as you dream of how good it would feel to be able to breathe this way all the time. How energizing, to have that much oxygen at one’s disposal! And then the moment passes.

2 Comments:

Blogger Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

sending you virtual eucalyptus vapours from the land of the gum tree!

3:56 AM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger Sharon K said...

I have never had that problem and I guess I take a good breath for granted. You made me stop and think how lucky I am. Wishing good health and a good breath your way. Hugs to you my friend.

8:22 AM, March 15, 2006  

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