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Instructions on How to Breathe

The question of how to breathe, is not one pertaining to conscious thought, nor pertaining to some mysterious heavenly power commanding our lungs to function. To breathe is simply an impulse (as with blinking one’s eyes, or swatting a mosquito). It is a strange and largely unnoticeable impulse, but impulse nonetheless.

Often people say, in their naivety, sit up straight. Or tilt your head slightly upward. Or focus on your rhythm. Ba dum, ba dum, ba dum. In/Out/In/Out. Then you, my friend, will breathe better!

But as it concerns me, breathing is a base inclination – it fulfils a necessity – and so long as there is oxygen moving from outside my body, into my body, washing deep into my lungs and pulsing through my bloodstream – so long as this is the case, there is no better way to breathe.

Perhaps the question then, is how to not breathe.

I am versed in breath but not its absence, and I fear I am not qualified to answer such a query. For an answer to this consequential inquiry, I would direct you to my friend, six feet down – or my colleague Frank, who fed his knowledge to the fish.

(pixelwritten.tumblr.com)

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