The Power of Awareness: A Journey Through Breathing

Every year or two I get a cold which turns into a cough which turns into bronchitis.  Until it hurts to breathe, I don’t pay much attention to my breathing on a day to day basis.  Same is true for most people …  Unless it affects our quality of life, we take breathing for granted.  Yet we do it– inhale and exhale—20,000 or so times a day. I found that figure astonishing when I first read about it.  Is there anything else we do that frequently, ever? …Approximately 70 percent of our body’s waste is excreted through our lungs, breathing affects all sorts of physical conditions from Renaud’s disease to blood pressure and breathing expands inner awareness to the point where it becomes a form of psychotherapy. Read more about the power of our breath in The Power of Awareness – A Journey Through Breathing in Sibyl Magazine May edition.

 

Body and Breath: Two Gateways to Healing

Two of the most powerful and effective tools of healing are the ones the client brings to the therapy session themselves:  their body and their breath…Two modalities that put the body or the breath as an equal partner with the emotions and the mind are Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Rebirthing Psychotherapy (breathwork).  Read about how body awareness and breathing can transform therapy sessions and help people move through difficulties quickly and safely.  Body and Breath:  Two Gateways to Healing by Catherine Dowling and Brenda Doherty in Inside Out, the journal of the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy.

Stand Up and Breathe: Five Ways to Let Your Light Shine

Hiding our talents, failing to acknowledge them even to ourselves, does nobody any favors. We miss out on the rewards our talents attract and so do the people around us. For me, talents are not just about being artistic or good at a job… And reward is not just about worldly success or money… When we hide our talents we suppress some of the best, most unique parts of ourselves. By doing so, we cut ourselves off from the joy of being fully, vibrantly alive. That joy is beyond price.

Read about five simple techniques to help you be more creative and more powerful in Aspire Magazine. 

 

Change How You Feel: Change How You Breathe

Emotions add flavor to life, but those same emotions can control our lives.  This PsychCentral article, Change How You Feel:  Change How You Breathe,  shows how we can manage emotions through changing our breathing patterns.

 

 

The Breath of Feeling: How Our Breathing Affects Our Emotions

What we feel is directly related to how we breathe.  Read about how breathing can be used to both manage and to generate emotions in Inside Out:  The Journal for the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. The article is based on the findings of a joint study by the Universities of Quebec and Louvain into how breathing affects our emotional states.

Breathing In A Circle: Transforming Consciousness Through Breathing

The Breathing Circle Movement is now world wide.  It provides an affordable, accessible way for people to experience breathwork with a trained therapist.  Read about the breathing circle movement and the evidence for the effectiveness of breathwork in Positive Health Online and on PsychCentral.

Use Your Breathing to Manage Your Emotions

For anyone who has difficulty managing emotions, a study carried out by staff from the University of Quebec and the University of Louvain demonstrated that breathing is one of the most effective ways to manage strong feelings.

The study, entitled Respiratory Feedback in the Generation of Emotion (Philippot & Blairy, 2002), involved two groups of volunteers. Group 1 was asked to produce four emotions (joy, anger, fear and sadness) through the use of memory, fantasy and by modifying their breathing pattern. During each emotion, scientists monitored and analyzed the volunteers’ breathing patterns – speed, location in the lungs, volume of air.  They used their findings to draw up a list of breathing instructions to go with each emotion.  Their findings might surprise people who believe emotions are set in stone and outside our control. Read more

The Global Inspiration Conference – Radical Awareness Through Breathing

Next month I’m giving a keynote speech at the annual Global Inspiration Conference.  And because it’s taking place in Ireland, I have the added bonus of a trip home.  I’m talking about Radical Awareness, the kind of awareness that comes when we meditate, breathe deeply, pray…or it just comes spontaneously.  Science calls Radical Awareness altered consciousness.  But before Western psychology as we know it developed,  states of Radical Awareness were called mystical and they were quite “normal”.  And a Gallop Poll from 2002 showed that over 80 million American adults have had a profound experience of awakening that influenced the course of their life. Read more

Rebirthing: Breathwork For Transformation

 

Yoga Therapy Ireland Issue 52

Yoga Therapy Ireland Issue 52

Article on breathwork for personal development published in Yoga Therapy Ireland.  Scroll down to page 12.  Rebirthing:  Breathwork for Transformation in Yoga Therapy Ireland