As Autumn vibrancy saturates the beautiful Canadian Rockies, a book opens in my hands One Drum: Stories and Ceremonies for a Planet by one of my favourite authors, Richard Wagamese.
As Richard outlines 'The first Ceremony; The Sacred Breath' from Anishinaabe First Nations teachings, I am once again in awe of congruity among varying paths to self-understanding.
The Sacred Breath asks us to breathe a slow, relaxed exhale as long as we comfortably can while acknowledging “I am one with Creation.”
The philosophy of yoga invites us to dissolve our perceived sense of separation through the exhale.
I haven’t yet found a spiritual system that doesn’t incorporate conscious breathing as a foundational practice.
Now, modern science explains why and how the way we breathe directly affects all aspects of wellness, from anxiety to disease.
There has never been a more exciting time to start a breathing practice!
What happens when you breathe better? Here's what Linda and Joyce noticed: It happens to be an extra busy time for me. The Breathe Better Now program has been so helpful, calming, steadying. I realize that while I think I "know" certain things about the breath, there is more and more and more to experience and I'm grateful for these experiences. -Linda Chamberlain, Alaska
Since practicing breathing techniques with Julie, I notice I have more energy. The first moment I realized this was in my morning routine of carrying tea up to our bedroom. In the past, I would arrive at the top of the stairs breathlessly. Now I have breath and energy to spare. I haven’t changed anything else, other than adding regular breathing practice of 15 minutes per day. It's great to feel better and more energy, just from this! - Joyce Keith, Canmore AB What will you notice? Sign up for the Free Breath Better Now program.