One of the many reasons I love swimming laps is because it regulates my system by organizing my breathing and focusing my mind almost entirely on numbers—how many lengths down, how many to go, how many minutes done, how many seconds for one length, and so on.
I must thank my father, who was born this week, many moons ago, for getting me into the ocean and the pool before the age of five. He left swimming technique instruction to summer counselors at Friend's Central, but taught me to body surf himself—how to spot a good wave, when and where in the curl to catch it, how to let it carry my body, and what to do if I missed and was pummeled.
I may have been born part fish but my dad taught me how to ride a wave. I can still see him thrusting his arm out to sea, pointing out a swell. I am squatting next to him looking over my shoulder at the forming curl behind us, ready to release myself into its rush to shore. Time to inhale.
Anyway, it's fall and, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the season to get our lungs in order. Swimming is great medicine for my lungs. So is intentional breathing. So are essential oils.
"The lung is the master of qi. Above, it connects to the throat; below, it connects to the orifices of the heart and the liver. It is in charge of inhalation and exhalation, and, in more general terms, the flux of coming in and going out."
—Doctor Shen's Compendium of Honoring Life, 1773
As some of you know, I am wild about natural fragrance and essential oils. In keeping with today's theme, let me turn you on to Breathe, an essential oil blend of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Lemon Peel, Ravensara, and Cardamom Seed.
I keep one bottle in my gym bag for the steam room, one in my home medicine cabinet, and a vapor stick in my purse.
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