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A Breath May Save Your Life

February 5, 2011

The concept of a Breathing Room comes from the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen master teacher and promoter of peaceful and mindful living.  In Peace is Every Step, Thay (a title that means Teacher) writes,  “We have a room for everything — eating, sleeping, watching TV — but we have no room for mindfulness.  I recommend that we set up a small room in our homes and call it a “breathing room,” where we can be alone and practice just breathing and smiling, at least in difficult moments.”

The articles and exercises in the Breathing Room are meant to create a breathing room space in our lives wherever we are; at the kitchen sink, the computer desk, the elevator, the freeway commute, at the beach, or in the silence of the yoga studio.

The power of focused breathing cannot be stressed enough.  It is a simple tool, accessible to anyone and everyone.  Children take to the method with ease and a smile.  Addicts, athletes, seniors, cancer patients, parents, teenagers, truck drivers, engineers…all can learn the simple act of attention to the breath and the ensuing relaxation and rejuvenation of the parasympathetic nervous system.  Peace of mind.

  • Breathing in, I am aware of my in breath.
  • I am happy to be here in this moment.
  • Breathing out, I am aware of my outbreath.
  • I am in the right place at the right time.

You’re always welcome in the Breathing Room.

Wishing you room to breath, a.

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