Breathe and let be

“Breathe and let be.” This line was written by Jon Kabat-Zinn in his book Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. When I plucked this leaf from where it had fallen, it was pure yellow and red. Now it has splotches of brown. The perfectionist in me wants to go searching right this minute for another perfect, just-fallen leaf. The other parts of me say, “Breathe and let be.” 

breathe and let be

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. She crafts thoughtful, compassionate essays about culture, mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood. Her writing has appeared in Scary Mommy, Motherly, Motherwell, and more. You can find the latest from Emily at

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