Have you ever stopped to observe or wonder about the breath and its functions?
Perhaps the best way to elaborate on the multi-dimensional functions and potential of the breath is to describe my long-term relationship with breathwork that began in 1985.
Thanks to my liberal Californian childhood, I grew up with a fair amount of exposure to idealism and humanistic values. By the ripe old age of 22, I had explored everything I was led to believe that life had to offer. In spite of this, it felt like something fundamental, something greater, was missing.
Breath: Path to Physical, Emotional and Spiritual development
I had the fortune to study at American University of Paris. On my summer break, I traveled by train and ferry to Ireland. I met some extraordinary people that summer. One of them was a woman who practiced breathwork. Shortly after we met, I found myself in her living room with bay windows overlooking the Galway coast. She invited me to have a session. She settled me onto a floor mat and instructed me on the technique. I breathed long, deep and slow for a few minutes.
Before long, my perception began to change, as if it opened up. I felt my consciousness expanding. My conceptions of life and myself began peeling away. Over the next two hours, I experienced deeper, more fulfilling and more meaningful realizations and experiences than I had ever imagined possible. I realized that although the experiences of the world are fascinating, they are finite. At the same time, an infinite source of consciousness lay hiding within. There is a world outside and a universe within!
That first experience woke up a passion for life and meaning that I had been seeking. It set me on a journey that has led me around the world, through thousands of personal experiences and I have accompanied thousands of people in over 15 countries through the inner, healing experience provided by this technique.
Breathwork, bringing awareness and harmony into your body
My own continued experiences with the breath, along with the people I accompany have led to becoming aware of and releasing deep trauma, limiting thoughts and beliefs, energetic blockages, birth trauma, addiction, self-sabotaging behaviours, low self-esteem and countless other issues. Breathwork increases vitality and commitment to life-sustaining attitudes and mindset. It fluidifies the consciousness leaving behind any rigidities we are carrying due to negative life experiences and conditioning. It brings awareness of the many dimensions of our being, body, mind, soul and spirit and helps us to cultivate harmony with ourselves and our environment.
Stay tuned for next week’s installment in our breathwork series “Traditional Wisdom on the Breath“.
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