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Just Breathe

Posted by cjaxon on October 11, 2010

Every now and then there seem to be recurring themes in life. These are unrelated instances where people I’m talking with, or random people or events I notice seem to have similar topics. Lately it strikes me how often I hear about breath and breathing.

For example, we obviously talk about breath alot in singing. Birdwell insists that we take huge breaths, that without breath we can do nothing, that we can sing much bigger and fuller than we think because we do have breath to give. But she reminds us that (life lesson here) we typically don’t take in as much as  we could, so we have less to offer. We have so much more potential than we realize.

We also talk about it in my monologue class. About always speaking “on breath,” using a full voice. About taking deep breaths to keep us relaxed and grounded. About making discoveries with a breath in, as if to say “Oh my gosh!” with only a breath.  Read the rest of this entry »


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I guess I’m drowning?

Posted by cjaxon on October 5, 2010

I had an interesting dream twice this week. Well, it was hard to tell: it was either two different nights this week or it was twice in the same night. I was underwater. (I’m sure some variation of this dream is very common.) The second time I had it, I had dived into a pool, like a swimming pool at someone’s house. But as I dove in I breathed out all my air. Then, I was stuck at the bottom of the pool. It wasn’t just that I was suffocating because I didn’t have air. It was almost more like since I didn’t have any air, I had no way to even float back to the surface. In fact, I tried to swim upwards, but the pressure of the pool was keeping me pinned down, stuck under all the weight of the water, unable to move. And on top of that I didn’t have any air, so my lungs started burning and I started panicking.  Read the rest of this entry »

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