Gratitude from A to Z: Oxygen

I am grateful for oxygen. Grateful for the first breath I took out of the womb and my most recent inhalation. Breath is the fundamental action of my life and oxygen the reason for the breath. Is there anything else that can be considered more important?

At Plum Village, the retreat in France established by the Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, a bell rings every five minutes to remind participants to be mindful. Today, I am going to be mindful of my breath and each time I catch myself breathing, express gratitude for oxygen.

 

2 comments

  • Krys

    Krys St Marys

    I used to just panic when someone said breathe - finally discovered my diaphragm - not bad (well) after over half a century!

    I used to just panic when someone said breathe - finally discovered my diaphragm - not bad (well) after over half a century!

  • Rob Witherspoon

    Rob Witherspoon

    I think people never breathe fully - a series of deep breaths are very calming when you're dealing with stress.

    I think people never breathe fully - a series of deep breaths are very calming when you're dealing with stress.

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