Breathe and you know that you are alive.
Breathe and you know that all is helping you.
Breathe and you know that you are the world.
Breathe and you know that the flower is breathing too.
Breathe for yourself and you breathe for the world.
Breath in compassion and breathe out joy.
Breathe and be one with the air that you breathe.
Breathe and be one with the river that flows.
Breathe and be one with the earth that you tread.
Breathe and be one with the fire that glows.
Breathe and you break the thought of birth and death.
Breathe and you see that impermanence is life.
Breathe for your joy to be steady and calm.
Breathe for your sorrow to flow away.
Breathe to renew every cell in your blood.
Breathe to renew the depth of consciousness.
Breathe and you dwell in the here and now.
Breathe and all you touch is new and real.
—Sister Annabel Laity
Reprinted from BREATHE! YOU ARE ALIVE by Thich Nhat Hanh (1990)
with permission of Parallax Press, Berkeley, CA 94707
In honor of Thich Nhat Hanh who is very ill. 3 September, 2014