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Breathing Mania

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Did you ever say you were going to sit quietly and try, quite earnestly, to center your thoughts, focus your concentration, calm your ramblings, musings, and wandering notions? (Believe it or not, I do this quite often) (No, really, though I understand your disbelief at such a preposterous suggestion) Whenever I try however, it always seems I end up thinking about 101 different things rather than enjoying a soothing, gentle, unhurried moment (or twenty). I end up spending half my time telling myself to be quiet and the other half of the time wondering about what is going to happen in an hour, during the afternoon, what I’m going to make for supper, if I bought enough cat food for the week, try to determine when I’m going to fit in time to finish the next installment of Dark Fey, attempt to remember if I turned off the light in the dining room before I left the house, remind myself that a car payment is due, and try not to think about my rumbling tummy that is empty because I rushed out the door in the morning before eating something and was too distracted to remember to grab a protein bar or a yogurt for lunch.

Meditation is not my strong suit, to be sure. After all, for someone who lives, breathes, eats, sleeps, thinks, dreams, and paints words like the ocean heaves and sighs perpetually upon the shore, trying to quiet all the words rushing around in my mind is never, ever ever an easy or simple proposition. It can be frustrating, however, when the manic mania that tends to be our daily lives, starts to eat away at my sanity; chipping away at the peace I like to carry around with me like a warm, soft blanket to soothe my nerves and steady my attention when work tries to eat me alive or the morning commute has far too many drivers in it who are more interested in their phone than the road, it is more important than ever to find that quiet moment.

We do lead frenetic lives, most of the time. Most of my friends have schedules that are packed; planned out for weeks in advance, bursting with one activity after another, special events, mundane appointments, children’s sports, dance, band, chorus, and school related comings and goings, work, family, maybe friends, car repairs, trips to the gym, to the spa, to the salon, book clubs, happy hours, shopping, coffee-shop stopping (sorry the rhymes just happen!), YADDA YADDA YADDA! We charge around like frenzied bumblebees, rushing hither and thither in restless haste (to coin Dicken’s immortal phrase), cramming as much into our days (and sometimes far into our nights) as we can possible force 24 hours to hold.

Which leads me to the inevitable query: Why? What Purpose does this mania really serve? Does it improve our Happiness, lower our stress levels? Does it add a sense of accomplishment and meaning to our lives? Does it do anything to develop the relationships we have with people about whom we care and love? Does it Bring us Peace? Hope? Joy?

Maybe. Maybe Not.

Thus, I am trying to learn the fine art of meditation. A hushed moment (or twenty) in which I do nothing except breathe and try, with all my might, to still the mania of my thoughts so anything vital that whispers softly might be heard.  Connection is, after all, about reaching out and offering ourselves; yet connection with true Happiness, Peace, The Source of Love and Life, or the Universal Ohm begins with us allowing ourselves to be Quiet.

To Breathe




























Cynthia A. Morgan is the creator of the mythical realm of Jyndari and author of the epic YA fantasy Dark Fey Trilogy. The story shares the inspiration of positive hope; the resilience of love, and the power of forgiveness through a tale that is rich with beauty and horror alike. Recipient of numerous 5-Star reviews, included Reader’s Favorite, it has also been awarded the 2016 New Apple Award for excellence in fantasy. With an average Amazon rating of 4.7 out of 5.0 stars, Dark Fey transports readers into a realm of light and dark, hope and fear. Based in part on the true life events of the Lords Resistance Army, the story has ties to our own reality and shares the inspiration: The only way to Achieve Peace is to Become Peace.

Morgan is also the author of the popular blog “Booknvolume” where her ever-increasing number of followers are regularly treated to Morgan’s own brand of poetry, English Sonnets, and musings about life. Some of her other interests includes a deep love for animals and the environment. She is passionate about music and theatre; is frequently heard laughing; finds the mysteries of ancient times, spirituality, and the possibilities of life elsewhere in the cosmos intriguing. Morgan Believes in the power of Love, Hope and Forgiveness, all of which is reflected in her lyrically elegant writing style.

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