Breathe When It’s Light
After all these posts about the river trip, are you starting to feel like you were there? I hope so! My intention is to give you the benefits of being there, so thanks for indulging me while I dwell on it! : )
When Lorenzo finished his safety speech on day 2, he asked Brie (my hero) if he’d forgotten anything. She piped in with one of my favorites of the whole trip: “Breathe when it’s light, not when it’s dark.”
“Breathe when it’s light, not when it’s dark” … ?
Who needs to be reminded when to breathe?
Sounds simple, but all three guides assured us it’s easy to get confused when you’ve been tossed about by class 5 rapids. If it’s dark, you’re under water. Don’t breathe then. Wait till it’s light. That’s when you’ll take in oxygen instead of water.
Brie said it was those words from Lorenzo, drilled into her head, that saved her on a particularly tumultuous ride. She was ejected from the raft, disoriented and scared, and his simple mantra: “Breathe when it’s light, not when it’s dark” came to mind. It’s what kept her from breathing a mouthful of churning river water into her lungs.
Those mantras! Don’t you just love ’em?! Our anchor when we would otherwise drift. They can be lifesavers when we remember to use them.
Lorenzo’s mom, a third grade teacher for 20 plus years, told him the best way to teach was through repetition. So he not only repeated those words several times to us during each speech, but gave the safety speech several times throughout the trip. Ha!
Since his responsibility was to keep us safe, he gave us instruction we could hold on to when times got tough.
The mantra I use that keeps me on track most is “Nothing is more important than that I feel good.” (Got that from Wayne Dyer at a Louise Hay event, and again on his PBS special. I suspect he picked it up from Abraham, but it was Wayne that I heard it from first. I repeat those words to myself with the same conviction he had.)
I’m also a fan of memorizing top core values, so whenever it feels like I’m straying from my”self,” I remember “Connection, Authenticity, Nature, Freedom.” With that in mind, I can’t get too far from who I am.
What are your life-saving words? What keeps you grounded and on track? If you don’t already have a phrase, affirmation or mantra that works for you, keep you ears open for one that inspires you. It comes in handy when the river gets choppy and life gets scary.