Catch Your Breath at Palace Green Library in Durham

The breath is the one constant thread in our life, on which all our moments are linked. Breathing is the only function of the body that can be brought under conscious control as well as working involuntarily. Most of the time we are unaware of it, but it conveys our emotions and allows us to communicate, laugh, cry, sing, dance, and live our lives.

Artists have made the invisible visible with Jayne Wilton’s Breath sculptures and Miriam Quick’s Sleep Song blankets. There is a section on spirituality and how the breath is regarded as the source of life; another section highlights the breath in literature and film, covering Bleak House, Darth Vader and Beckett.

There are some really interesting videos about people with breathing difficulties, and about asbestos (- a mineral ore created deep within the earth’s crust millions of years ago, the Greeks named it asbestos – ‘the unquenchable, indestructible stone’. Asbestos was mined for building purposes because it is fire and water resistant, but ultimately proved incredibly damaging to the lungs. Its use was banned in England in 1999).

Do check out the video of yoga teacher Felix Price. A great example of breath, body and mind working as one. Inspiring!

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