Hi, I’m Keisha. Welcome to Breathe Write Shine.
This isn’t my first blog, or even my third. I’ve lost count. But of all my previous efforts, this space feels the most personal to me.
I created Breathe Write Shine just days before I was to take the New York State bar examination for the seventh time. Yes, you read that correctly. I was packing up my study materials for the night, thinking that I needed to do something—anything—to soothe my anxiety. I began to think about the things that make me happy: Yoga. Writing. Being completely, and totally, myself.
Thus, BWS was born.
Breathe—because the breath is utterly important in yoga. As my teacher likes to say, “If you’re not breathing, you’re not doing yoga.” Learning to control my breath has helped me learn how to control my emotions. Yoga is a huge part of my life. I cannot write a personal blog without discussing it.
“Yoga found this basic thing, that breathing is deeper than thinking. If you can change your breathing, you can change your thinking. And once you know the key– that breathing has the key– you can create any climate you want, it is up to you. It depends on the way you breathe.” — Osho
Write—because I have been writing for as long as I’ve known how to write. I’ve kept journals my entire life. Lately I’ve struggled a lot with my writing. I haven’t felt anything like a writer because I allowed fear to stop me. But accepting who I am means accepting that I am a writer, a damn good one (as I was forced to admit by my VONA workshop leader, Tananarive Due.)
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou
“The good writer, the great writer, has what I have called the three S’s: the power to see, to sense, and to say. That is, he is perceptive, he is feeling, and he has the power to express in language what he observes and reacts to.” – Lawrence Clark Powell
Shine—this one is the most difficult for me to explain, but I’ll say it like this: I have noticed, over the years, that the people to whom I gravitate, the people who I find the most arresting, warm, charming, the people who I just want to be around because they make me feel good about everything—myself, life, love— are the people who are simply themselves. They accept themselves, they love themselves, and it shows. I want to be that person. I have my glimmering moments. I’m getting there.
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”— Thich Nhat Hanh
“I wish I could show you, When you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” –Hafiz
I’m not yet who I want to be, and this space is where I will document the process of getting there. It’s my outlet, my vision board, my personal call to action.
I hope you enjoy your time here. Thanks for stopping by.