Breathe issue 17

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Breathe issue 17

Breathe Issue 17 – on sale now

It’s good to talk, isn’t it? Well (mostly), yes. But, sometimes, no. And not always because it’s unwanted, but because no one’s listening – not in a way that’s attentive and mindful anyway. And not in a way that will help to ease worries, solve problems or uncover positive strategies to cope with life’s bolt-out-of-the-blue crises.

There’s an art to listening, to paying attention to a troubled friend’s concerns without anticipating what they’re going to say next or superimposing your experiences over theirs. Those who have it can often find themselves in demand right now as annual goals are assessed, relationships are picked over and most mortals realise they’ve fallen short of at least one of the ambitions they set themselves for this year while simultaneously beginning another long list for the next.

This is when a good listener might suggest you think about the many things you have achieved – not just this year, but throughout your life.

Think of kindnesses shown to family, friends and strangers; projects approached with both enthusiasm and anxiety (who cares if they’re still in progress or long since hidden at the back of a wardrobe?); and unexpected obstacles overcome with a mixture of resourcefulness and integrity.

It’s possible that self-doubt, fear or a desire for perceived perfection will hijack your reflection and impose criteria that are impossible to meet. Let’s return to those (possibly) incomplete projects and consider for a moment the soulfulness of Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished Sagrada Família in Barcelona or Leonardo da Vinci’s Adoration of the Magi in Florence. Both unfinished, but both more than worthy.

At times of reflection, it’s easy to overlook or underestimate one’s achievements – to regard them as too small to be of significance. At this point, a good listener – let’s just say it’s Breathe for now – would turn that around. They’d suggest that every kindness, every smile, every creation is a success and should be celebrated. And that (mostly), it is good to talk.

Breathe is available in the UK from 29 November in WHSmith, Waitrose, M&S, Sainsbury’s Tesco and other major newsagents. Find your nearest stockist here.

It will be available in the US and Canada about a month later: in the US in Barnes & Noble, Wholefoods, JoAnns, OTG Airports and Books A Million; and in Canada in Wholefoods, Indigo/Chapters, Press Commerce and Michael’s Craft Stores.

We also ship worldwide* through our website below. *Not available to customers in Australia or New Zealand. Visit the Breathe Australia website here.

Responses (2)

  1. Laura Save
    December 3, 2018 at 2:15 pm · Reply

    I just love Breathe!!!
    I work at a solid waste disposal site, in Mammoth Lakes, California… We have recycling bins. One of which, is for paper only.
    I went against policy, because I was bored, and started digging thru the mounds of paper looking for reading material. I stumbled upon a Breathe…I feel like I found gold!
    It is such a blessing to have found a magazine that is true and not about fashion trends i can’t afford, articles about improving your sex life, quick marriage fixes, gossip, fad diets, etc.
    I feel like having found Breathe, was a God send. Thank you!

  2. Larry Olmstead
    February 7, 2019 at 6:33 pm · Reply

    I just discovered Breathe at Barnes and Noble in Fort Wayne ,In. It’s like breath of fresh air. I’m a wannabe writer who retired from the telephone industry. I have been published in a few outdoor magazines,and want to broaden my field a little.

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