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Vocabulary: idioms: breathing
Breathing properly is a fundamental aspect to live well. In our modern industrialised society, our breath is more and more threatened by city air pollution and chemical pollutions. The number of the people suffering from asthma is increasing dramatically. Many patients are imposed long-term control medications. Therefore, you should get used to recognising and using the vocabulary and expressions about breathing (in the concrete and figurative forms). Here, the medical aspect of "breathing" will not be considered.
Being a breath of fresh air.
To catch one's breath
To hold one's breath
To take your breath away
To be out of breath/ breathless
To have a stitch=> to recover one's breath
To breathe in/ out
To have bad/ offensive breath
To take a deep breath
|To draw/ take a deep/ a long breath||To draw one's last breath|
|To lose one's breath||To get one's second breath|
|To have sweet breath||To go for a breath of fresh air|
|Mentioned in the same breath||The breath of life|
|Breath test/ breathalyser (US)||In one breath|
Several expressions use UNDER ONE'S BREATH, (= in a quiet voice or whisper, given great care).
... UNDER ONE'S BREATH
|To laugh under one's breath||To speak under one's breath|
|To swear under one's breath||To talk oneself out of breath|
Here are a few PROVERBS:
- Who is brave enough to tell the lion that his breath smells?
- Fear less, hope more;[...] Whine less, breathe more; And all good things are yours.
- Better the cold blast of winter than the hot breath of a pursuing elephant.
- You must have crossed the river before you may tell the crocodile he has bad breath.
- He is too idle to fetch his breath.
- A heart that is rotten -- breath that smells.
- Taking "BREATHING LESSONS"...
Breathing" is a tool for emotional freedom. It's a tool for "feeling", and for our body to "heal itself".
Breathing... is a natural action which is indispensable to Life. Fortunately, this action is "automatic" . Our brain gives continuous orders for our breathing to take place. Yet, we can also "breathe" voluntarily and freely.
This action sets "boundaries" to our Life (from the "First Breath" to the "Lasp Gasp"). Since the age of five, it's said, human beings start "breathing wrong"... When we breathe vertically (with our lungs, neck and shoulders) our body, and especially our muscles suffer. Anxiety is increasing... Stress is swamping us, and a burn-out is lurking... If we "breathe wrong", we can't live well, because our breathing has an impact on our organs (digestive, muscular and articulatory pains...) and our spirit (moral, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia...) Therefore, it is FUNDAMENTAL to re-establish this "horizontal breathing" thanks to a systematic and regular training of what we used to do so naturally and easily at birth, and had forgotten...
|Diaphragmatic breathing|| The rhythm of a breath|
The act of "breathing" establishes a link between body and spirit (the body and the spirit). Many respiratory techniques may help to remember this link... (Relaxation - Yoga - Sophrology - Pilates - Meditation - ...)
How much breath you take ...= How much Life you're ready to Live... Therefore, GO... TAKE A DEEP BREATH!
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