Breathing for Peace

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I breathe in All That Is –

awareness expanding

to take everything in.

 

From the unnamed vastness beneath the

mind, I breathe my way to wholeness and healing.

Inhalation. Exhalation.

 

Adapted from Donna Faulds

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Donna Faulds, a poet and a yoga practitioner, guides us here to become aware of our breath as an instrument of awareness, acceptance and peace.

 

If we believe that all war begins in our own hearts and minds, then we can turn our gaze inward to create space in both to let go and come home to our true nature, which is love, grace, kindness, and humility.

 

This is who we are when we’re born. This is who we are beneath all the lies, deception and manipulation of our addiction. This is who we strive to return home to in recovery.

 

Science has confirmed what mystics and sages have known for millennia. That our breath has the power to heal, restore and reveal our truest nature. It has the power to change the way we see reality. It has the power to calm our fears and reduce our anxieties.

 

When we experience ourselves through the veil of desire, fear and unexamined beliefs we turn on ourselves, cause distance from our own heart and inflict self-harm – emotionally and/or physically. When we experience others through this same conditioned lens, we react in similar ways that cause both emotional and physical harm.

 

How is it that you and I, out of fear and desire, create a sense of separation from ourselves and thus, others? And how, in this time of uncertainty and fear, can we awaken from this trap of judgement and live from our authentic, sober nature of lovingkindness and wisdom?

 

I believe the most effective and efficient place to begin is with our own breath. The word “breath” is synonymous with “spirit”, “soul: and/or “life force.” in some of the oldest languages and faith traditions on the planet. Our breath is our life force, our soul, our life line to our spirit.

 

So it is in these challenging times when we’re feeling anxious and fearful, we can turn our gaze back to our breath and simply notice this life-giving miracle with each breath. With each inhale and each exhale we have the opportunity to see the gift in each moment, no matter what is happening outside ourselves.

 

I offer this profoundly simple meditation that I’ve adapted by the late Thich Nhat Hanh. I use it daily. I share it with my clients and mindfulness practitioners. It’s hugely healing, and everyone can do it. No need to be a yogi, monk or serious meditator.

 

In the Kingdom of God

Breathing in, breathing out.
Breathing in, breathing out.

 

Breathing in, I’m aware of my eyes.

Breathing out, I smile to my eyes.

 

Breathing in, I smile.

Breathing out, I release.

 

Breathing in, I smile.

Breathing out, I let go.

 

Breathing in, I smile to my difficulties.

Breathing out, I release.

 

Breathing in, I go back to the present moment.

Breathing out, I know this a wonderful moment.

 

Breathing in, I am alive.

Breathing out, I know I’m alive.

 

Breathing in, wonderful moment.
Breathing out, I know this is the only moment.

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