Blessed Breaths

Deep breaths

I’ve been thinking about breathing (yes, you read that correctly).

Obviously, it’s not supposed to require much thought, but I would bet that most of us don’t truly breathe.

I would bet that most of us don’t take the kind of breath that can center us, calm us, relieve the stresses in our lives and rid ourselves of that anxiety that so many if us carry through our day and that comes out in ways that we don’t like or mean.

I went to Tennessee last week and when I got off the plane, I took a deep breath. It calmed me instantly and helped me to look at my surroundings with fresh eyes and with a deeper appreciation for the beauty around me. I felt blessed.

How often do you take those blessed breaths?

Throughout history, people have written about the places they go to reflect, to breathe and to be.

Where do you go to breathe?

Wherever you are in your life, my wish for you this coming weekend is that you breathe deeply, that you can find a place near you — maybe even inside of you — to be calm and feel blessed.

And after the blessed breaths, I hope you turn up the corners of your mouth and smile.

Easier said than done, but the rewards are so worth it.

With love,





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Maria Shriver is a mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor covering the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Since 2009, Shriver has produced a groundbreaking series of Shriver Reports that chronicle and explore seismic shifts in the American culture and society affecting women today. Shriver was California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010 and, during that time, she spearheaded what became the nation's premier forum for women, The Women's Conference. Shriver's work is driven by her belief that all of us have the ability to be what she calls Architects of Change -- people who see a problem in their own life or the community around them, then step out of their comfort zone and do what it takes to create the solution. Like her page on Facebook or follow her on Instagram.

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