34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE INDIE LITMAG DIGITAL & PRINT

I realized that I needed to take a deep breath.

AN EMOTIONAL PREGNANCY BY AJIRI AKI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE  ISSUE 39 

I realized that I needed to just take a deep breath, keep breathing, and try to live in my present. By breathing and being present in each moment is the only way to get me through these times. There are so many things out of my control and all my worry and stress is not actually bringing me closer to any solutions or alleviating my feelings. The only thing I can do is take each day as it comes.

Throughout pregnancy with yoga and in labor all anyone tells you is to breathe! We anxiously wait for our new baby to take that first breath. Everything comes back to breathing. Maybe life is like yoga and we have to breathe to ease ourselves from one position or moment to the next. Or perhaps life is like contraction pains and we have to breathe through the pain to get us to the ultimate goal.

FEMINIST CAPITULATION OF LIZARDS BY LIZ FYNE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 39


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 39

HOW I LEARNED TO MANAGE AN EMOTIONAL PREGNANCY BY AJIRI AKI, THE DJINN BY JAN ALEXANDER, MAN IN THE MIRROR BY OSCAR BRUCE, FEMINIST CAPITULATION BY LIZ FYNE, JANIE AND THE TAIYAKI MAN BY KAREN BREMER MASUDA, MY LIFE IN SCARS BY KW OXNARD.