To Remind Myself to Breathe…

My Indulgence

Nothing quite helps like a cup of deliciously hot, smooth chocolate laced with cinnamon. It is such a total body experience… Even making it so therapeutic, watching chunks of dark chocolate meld into the milk, gradually darkening its whole texture… almost a pictorial representation of the finest form of sin tempting one to forego purity for the deepest, darkest pleasure. And then once it thickens and heats and foams, the air seems to permeated with this luscious heavy perfume that you can almost taste.

Pour it into a mug deserving of the honour and just let the smoothness of it wash over you, the warmth seeping through the hands as you hold the mug and then the hit of all the textures as you take the first sip; the slightly bitter thickness of the milk, the musky heat of the cinnamon and the sweetness of the honey that was added for sweetness and once it goes in…

And if that alone is not enough, a friend leaned on me to learn a poem by Max Ehrmann.

Shockingly, reciting it does help me to breathe…



Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.


4 Responses to “To Remind Myself to Breathe…”

  1. 1 PsycheD
    Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 11:57

    u and suga are really out to get me na?! :S she too did the whole choco dedication with her choco fountain.
    and i am still being a gud girl! am not gorging on my patchis as i used to….ab toh i only treat myself to 1-3 pscs AFTER walking my ass off!

    and oh! btw….have to honest…dint…cudnt more or less…go thru the poem. am not the type rmr – be it angrezi ya desi 😛
    actually all that choco heaven got me stuck

  2. 2 suganspice786
    Friday, October 5, 2007 at 23:32

    Good god…check that steamin choc out..Haiiiiiii dil karta hai doob jaon uss mein..

    Yes pyschey we r out to get yaaaaaaaa

    hahahah muahaahahah

  3. 4 s
    Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 22:48

    amazing poem…i love the bit about being a child of the universe and having a right to be here.

    (came here through soultrips).

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