I once went to a meditation class and the instructor taught us a breathing technique: breathe in the light, breathe out the dark.

I’ve always liked it. I can feel my body rise and fill with brightness. It helps me let go of distractions. Distractions can’t survive the light.

And then I realized: when I take in the light, it’s not out there for anyone else, and I’m spewing dark into the world, like a human smokestack. Is that what I want?

So I’ve started trying it the other way around: breathe in the dark, breathe out the light. That’s better – spread the light into the world. Of course that means I’ve taken the darkness into myself. But maybe that’s okay? Because my soul is a filter, cleaning the air for everyone?

I haven’t decided yet. I’m still trying to figure out how to breathe in a way that does the least harm and the most good.

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