READING: ESCAPE FROM STRESS
Reading is an escape from stress. Take a few deep and enchanting breaths in and out before you recall your childhood experiences with books. Think back to your elementary school librarian. What was her name? Mine was Mrs. Altman. She wore bright, pink lipstick and spoke about the Dewey Decimal System like it was a box of Valentine’s Day chocolates.
Harold and the Purple Crayon was one of my favorite books. My mother read to me all of the time, even after I learned to read, myself. When I had chicken pox, she read the Louis Slobodkin books to me. I can look at the timeline of experiences in my life and tell you what I was reading at the time.
YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD STORY
Close your eyes for a few moments and recall your favorite childhood story. Remember how the book looked. If it were from the library, it likely had that plastic jacket on it, with the pocket inside for the list of borrowers. Did it have a certain smell to it? How about the texture of the pages? Feel how it felt to hold the book in your hands or to watch the face of the person who read to you.
WALK INTO THE BOOK
Go on an enchanted excursion into the book. Walk around in the story, as you remember it. Visualize the setting. Listen for the sounds you might hear. What are the scents associated with the story? How about the tastes? Zero in on the textures.
WHY YOUR FAVORITE?
Inhale magical memories and exhale tension. Smile at the feelings your favorite childhood story evokes. What was the reason that this story was your favorite? How does its message still impact you today?
Enchanted Breaths are the “ahh, the haha and the aha! of life.”