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When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady.  But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life.  Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.  ~Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika


A healthy mind has an easy breath.  ~Author Unknown


If you woke up breathing, congratulations!  You have another chance.  ~Andrea Boydston


Inhale, and God approaches you.  Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you.  Exhale, and you approach God.  Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.  ~Krishnamacharya


Breathing is the greatest pleasure in life.  ~Giovanni Papini


Smile, breathe and go slowly.  ~Thich Nhat Hanh


Breath is Spirit.  The act of breathing is Living.  ~Author Unknown


For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.  ~Sanskrit Proverb


The nose is for breathing, the mouth is for eating.  ~Proverb


To one who has been long in city pent,
'Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven, - to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.
~John Keats, Sonnet XIV


Focusing on the act of breathing clears the mind of all daily distractions and clears our energy enabling us to better connect with the Spirit within.  ~Author Unknown


Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.  ~Erich Fromm


You know that our breathing is the inhaling and exhaling of air.  The organ that serves for this is the lungs that lie round the heart, so that the air passing through them thereby envelops the heart.  Thus breathing is a natural way to the heart.  And so, having collected your mind within you, lead it into the channel of breathing through which air reaches the heart and, together with this inhaled air, force your mind to descend into the heart and to remain there.  ~Nicephorus the Solitary


I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart:  I am, I am, I am.  ~Sylvia Plath


Freedom is strangely ephemeral.  It is something like breathing; one only becomes acutely aware of its importance when one is choking.  ~William E. Simon


Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.  ~Swedish Proverb


The best things in life are nearest:  Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.  Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson


What can we do but keep on breathing in and out, modest and willing, and in our places?  ~Mary Oliver


Breathe.  Let go.  And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.  ~Oprah Winfrey


In an underdeveloped country, don't drink the water; in a developed country, don't breathe the air.  ~Changing Times magazine


To live is not breathing it is action.  ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau


Angels are all around us, all the time, in the very air we breathe.  ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


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