Though events and feelings may mercilessly conspire, pressing in, it is always a good practice to remember to breathe.   Not the breathing we do automatically, autonomically, but a slow, deep, deliberate breath through both nostrils deep into the lungs and out like the one I’m going to take a moment to draw right now.  

It is often forgotten, and I had to check on-line just now to be sure, that one of the meanings of inspiration is drawing breath into the lungs.  Nothing, I believe, is more inspiring than that.

in·spi·ra·tion     noun

1.  an inspiring or animating action or influence: I cannot write poetry without inspiration.
2.  something inspired, as an idea.
3.  a result of inspired activity.
4.  a thing or person that inspires.

a.  a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.
b.  the divine quality of the writings or words of a person soinfluenced.
6.  the drawing of air into the lungs; inhalation.
7.  the act of inspiring; quality or state of being inspired.
When things are heaviest, and darkest, pause to take as many slow, life giving inspirations as you need to keep going up the treacherously slippery hill that is life sometimes.

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