Breathwork helps you to relax and de-stress, it can iron out the nervous tension and worry of the daily grind and busy modern lives. It can help yo...
Breathwork is the generic term for specific breathing exercises where the breathing is done in conscious and systematic ways, with specific purposes in min...
This month I start a series of articles on the practice of Breathwork, beginning with the two basic aspects of the practice: Breath Awareness and Conscious Breathing. You can think of these as yin and yang aspects, active and passive practices.
Breath Awareness means simply observing the breath, watching the breath, noticing the breathing... witnessing it. This is the passive aspect. You don't breathe in any particular way: the breaths come and go by themselves.
The Awareness we are talking about is meditative awareness. It is not thinking, not judging, not comparing, not analyzing: it is a soft open state of alertness or presence. Breath Awareness is a "mindfulness" practice, with extraordinary benefits.
As you observe your breathing moment to moment, you are looking for details: sense the breath, listen to it. How do you know you are breathing? What are the feelings and sensations that occur? Where do you notice those feelings and sensations? What muscles do you use? Where does the breath go in you? What does it touch? What moves when you breathe?
As you become more aware of the breath, you naturally become more aware of other things in your mind and body: thoughts, feelings and sensations, and emotions. You become aware of your self-talk, your physical tensions, energetic contractions, habits, patterns, urges, reactions.
Once again a year cycles by, and, here we are at one of the greatest days in any year, the day we globally come together to celebrate the gift of conscious breathing.
Attached is the document prepared by The International Breathwork Foundation with instructions on how to find out and connect with what is happening in your part of the world. One is in English the other is in Spanish.
Even if there is nothing planned in your area you can simply go to the Breathing Room on Breathwork Europe or the Do-As-One website at midday where you are, enter the Universal Breathing Room and just follow the instructions and simply breathe for 15 minutes.
Were ever you are join us in the breath during the day.
I am offereing a free group breathwork experience in the evening here in Hellerup, Denmark. Details of my event can be found here: http://bit.ly/14hD5Hd
Rebirthers all over the world are developing a network of spiritual purification centers for young immortals to play in. If you are a young immortal, find out how and where you can participate. The easy way is to join the Young Immortals 1008 Friends Club.
Along with Pauline and Peter's center in Austraila, we have at least one other one here called Forest Hideaway. My next 9 day training will be here in December 2014. I am looking forward to it. I just visited it in advance. Created by Leesa and Andrew, it is in Queensland, South of Brisbane. It can serve two dozen people more or less. They have a pool, dhunis, several bathtubs, most rooms have a fridge and kitchenette. A laundry is available.
With a bathtub and fireplace, it is much easier to live forever. Although they lack a 24 hour restaurant and room service to be classified as a 5 Star Hotel, this could also be arranged if appropriate communication is done with the owners. The fire element makes it much better than a 5 Star Hotel. Some 5 Star Hotels are death traps.
This short film explores the journey of breathing consciously, through the eyes of those who have been practicing breathwork for varying lengths of time. Breathwork is a little known practice, which has been used for millennia to transform states of awareness. "Choosing Life" presents conscious breathing as a choice to grow and expand awareness, rather than to remain in the unconscious limited breathing pattern of survival. The International Breath Foundation engaged international film makers and breath coaches to make the film, as a way of introducing the concept of breathwork to a wider audience. https://www.ibfnetwork.com
Love is not the answer. It is the assignment.
Martin Luther King Junior
My first encounter with the IBF was at the GIC Poland in 1995. We were 38 participants representing 11 countries. That GIC remains one of my most memorable experiences. Not only was it a huge leap into the unknown for me - I knew nothing at all about the IBF or anybody else attending - it was also an intense roller coaster ride of discovery, pleasure, healing and renewal. I left with a feeling of homecoming, of having discovered a quirky, questing, heart-centred family of very like-minded souls.
As a result of my Poland experience, I fully embraced the IBF and participated with great enthusiasm at every GIC until 2004 in Estonia. And then, I took a break. After 11 years of non-stop involvement, it was time to step back, take a breath and digest my experience.
It took me some time to leap back in again. After a break of nine years, in July 2014 I attended my next GIC. And what a joy it was to be back! GIC 2014 in Ireland was pure nectar for me. Such a pleasure to mix and mingle with the IBF old-timers, make new GIC friends and enjoy the rich professional and cultural diversity present at the gathering.