More Fundamental ...
I realize that I usually talk about healthy eating, fitness, self-care,
and self-acceptance in these eNewsletters. Today I will share thoughts
on something that may be even more fundamental to your life. I want
to talk about the very breath that you breathe.
Although I have been using these breathing concepts for a very long
time, a recent encounter with a friend gave me the opportunity to put
them down in writing. In the group therapy that I lead, our topic of
the evening motivated me to read the little piece I had written on breathing.
After seeing how useful these concepts were to the group members (and
me), I decided to share these breathing concepts in our Online eNewsletter.
My awareness and focus on breath started in 1991 on the day of my car
accident. I have a very clear memory of being on the emergency room
table, looking up at the ceiling, and exhaling. I was overwhelmed with
a dread of the things to come. I exhaled and I never wanted to inhale
again. I could not face the aftermath of the accident. In those moments,
I was desperately hopeless. I felt the air escape as I exhaled and I
just hung there, at the bottom of the exhale and waited. I did not wait
long. Of course, I inhaled. Life went on. I recuperated from the head
injury. I rehabilitated myself from the disability of epilepsy. Many
things changed on the day of my accident. One of them was that I acquired
such a tangible awareness of my breath that I discovered something.
I discovered a message in my breathing.
and Love Breathing
(an excerpt from a letter to a friend)
... These past several weeks I have been extraordinarily happy. Most
of it is because of a kind of peace that I am feeling. I have had some
really terrible things happen, but these things don't shake this sense
of happiness. They all just float along together.
There are some tangible experiences I have had on a daily basis that
seem to be at the middle of my happiness. I feel connected to the world
... no ... to the force behind the world ... no ... I feel connected
to SOMETHING. I am awash with a sense of not being alone. It does not
come from me giving to others so that they need me. It does not come
from me depending on others and needing them. There is no action involved
at all. Just being. I am. I am connected.
I can feel it most at these specific times ... when I belly laugh a
big huge laugh ... when I sob gut wrenching sobs ... when I have a moment
of creative inspiration ... when I feel waves of true joy or pleasure
... Strangely enough, there is even a way of breathing that causes me
to feel the sense of being and connectedness.
I call it "Faith, Hope, and Love Breathing" I often use this when
I am anxious or freaked out about something. I love using it when
My flexibility has greatly increased since I have used this breathing
while stretching... it is like I am opening myself and my physical
to all possibilities.
Here is how it goes:
I breathe especially slowly and deeply. I focus my mind on the inhale.
Every time I inhale, I notice how it is a specific act of HOPE that
the breath I take and the life I lead will be worth it... that I matter...
that I am, and I should be. I enjoy a focus on the inhales for a while
as I clearly perceive the appropriateness of my existence.
I breathe especially slowly and deeply. I focus my mind on the exhale.
Every time I exhale, I notice how it is a specific act of FAITH that
after I let go of the air I have, I will be able to breathe in more
air... it is an act of FAITH that all will be as it should be... that
the letting go and taking in are a part of the cycle of life... that
I must let go before I can breathe in again... that I will breathe in
again... an act of FAITH that I am part of the cycle of the Universe.
Ah, the Universe. (My secular language that I use when I feel too
corny saying "God", or "Goddess", or "Life Force".)
It does not matter what I call it. I mean that which is beyond, and
than, and all encompassing ... that which is the other 90% where we
only see 10%.
Here is where the last part of my breathing experience comes in, the
LOVE part. After I have been breathing deeply for a few moments, I exhale
slowly... extra slowly... I can FEEL what an act of FAITH it is... at
the bottom of the exhale - I stop. Just stop. Hang there, at the bottom
of the exhale. I can feel such peace... a oneness with the universe.
In the peacefulness of the bottom of the exhale, as I have put my faith
in the power that keeps me, I can feel one with the universe. I am not
alone at all. I am just hanging there ... at the bottom of the exhale
... and I can feel LOVE. It just is. I just am. All is as it should
It is this Universe that has given me the laughter, the sobbing, the
creative moments, the pleasure, and the very breath that I breathe.
I believe it is at these times that I get a fleeting glimpse of the
divine... and I am part of it.
As a member of our Healthy Living Community, I encourage
you to breathe your breath.
Listen to the message in your breathing.
That message may help you take better care of yourself and FEEL
to Our Class or Our Sessions ...
For those of you who live in the Philadelphia area, I am now taking
registration for the Spring class "Healthy
Eating with Bliss". We will meet on Thursday evening, right
after exercise class, in the same room. I keep the class small so each
person gets individual attention. Call me right away if you are interested,
so that I can save your spot.
Local phone: 610-394-2547.
For those of you who live far away, we can work together by PHONE!
Just imagine it. You fix yourself a nice cup of tea, put your feet
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Each "visit" your life meets your needs a little bit more.
With every conversation, you improve your self-care and self-acceptance.
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