Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My by Priscilla Warner

By Priscilla Warner

Priscilla Warner has had an outstanding existence: a supportive husband, a flourishing marriage, loving sons, and a bestselling ebook, The religion Club. regardless of all her success and luck, she suffers from nervousness and panic assaults so debilitating that they depart her not able to respire. She’s attempted self-medicating—in highschool, with a hidden flask of vodka—and later, with prescription medications—daily doses of Klonopin with a gloomy chocolate chaser. After 40 years of hyperventilating, and an overpowering panic assault that’s the last word warning call, Warner’s mantra turns into “Neurotic, Heal Thyself.” A lively New Yorker, she units out to discover her internal Tibetan monk by way of meditating each day, aiming to rewire her mind and her physique and mend her frayed nerves. in this winding direction from panic to peace, with its hairpin emotional curves and breathtaking drops, she additionally delves right into a wide variety of religious and replacement well-being practices, a few critical, and a few . . . no longer a lot.

Written with energetic wit and humor, Learning to respire is a major try to heal from a painful . It’s additionally a existence raft of compassion and desire for individuals equally adrift or secretly anxious, in addition to an wonderful and encouraging guidebook for somebody dealing with day-by-day demanding situations huge and small, an individual who's additionally eager for a feeling of peace, self-acceptance, and figuring out.

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The fiery liquid filled my chest cavity with warmth, and eventually calmed me down. I’d chosen vodka because I thought it was odorless. If I’d known it wasn’t, I’d have panicked even more at the thought that people might know I was drinking. When it came time to go to college, I became anxious about leaving my friends and family. I spent much of my time at the University of Pennsylvania sitting in the back of large lecture halls, so that I could bolt out the doors of the auditorium if I started to panic.

But I had time to dawdle with Dolma. And in her quiet, otherwise empty store Dolma had time to tend to me. She took my hands in hers and looked me straight in the eye. I never questioned what this stranger was doing. “You are full of compassion,” Dolma said, standing still as a statue, in front of me. ” I was embarrassed. “I’m not so compassionate. I’m just . ” “You are compassionate,” Dolma repeated. ” “I’m just . ” Dolma’s grip on my hands tightened. Tears rolled down my cheeks, slowly at first, then in a steady stream.

But I’d already figured that out. My mother had grown up in Hollywood, California, a fact she was proud of her whole life. She used to trick or treat at W. C. Fields’s house and drink Coca-Colas at Schwab’s. Her cousin won four Oscars for cinematography. Her father, who worked on the technical side of the film business, arranged for her to make a cameo appearance as a street urchin in a Bing Crosby movie. Mom met my father on the steps of the library at UCLA, where they were both students. Dad had grown up in Massachusetts and gone to prep school, so perhaps the difference in their backgrounds seemed exciting to them at first.

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