Peace is Fundamental

Peace if Fundamental

You can have love without peace

You can have clarity without peace

You can have compassion without peace

You can have wisdom without peace

But, instrinsic to peace is love, clarity, compassion and wisdom.

These qualities of our true Nature can arise naturally from peace itself. 

And then they are pure, untainted.

Peace is fundamental to all of them. 

Written by Kris

Light at the end of the tunnel

There is light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes the tunnel seems deep, dark, and long even if being in that space only lasts a day. In that tunnel the mind can be very bothersome as it conjures up so many stories and scenarios as we face ourselves and the situations in our lives that need attention.

I’ve found how important it is to recognize the ego part of my mind and the part of my mind that is my friend and is trying to give me information as to how to move forward into more clarity, realization and understanding. Not sure I could experience the depth and breakthrough that comes after diving into these places without meditation. To give myself time to rest in the silence.

I meditate in a number of ways, all are so helpful. I love the silence of meditation and I love breathwork! Each take me beyond the mind and help so much as life unfolds.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like it, but we always do come through to the other side with more understanding, awareness, clarity, heart opening love.

Remember to take time each day to focus on your breath. breathe in, breathe out, breathe in breathe out. Focusing on your breath even for 1 minutes brings one back to the present moment, melts away what is bothering oneself and clears the space to be open, relaxed, and less burdened by the mind.

Savanna

Starting 2020

I’ve decided to post something on our blog site most days in 2020. Notice I didn’t say commit to every day because that might not be what I do. My goal is to post inspiration. Maybe in the form of what comes to me and maybe in the form of posting other inspirational quotes or information about breathwork. Or, I may even post some of my writings that I have done while we have been traveling over the last 5 years in our camper. So here goes, my first writing of the new decade!

I like to listen to “The Moth” on Pandora when I take my walks in the morning. As I listened, this one speaker said these words within her presentation,”‘progress, not perfection”. It seemed to be the exact thing I needed to hear today, Dec. 31, 2019, to guide me through my life journey in 2020 and beyond.

How often have I heard from so many friends and teachers, and even talking to myself, that there is no “perfect” way. No perfect way to be a person, no perfect way to show up, no perfect way to do something, no perfect way to be.

I’m ready to take this burden off my shoulders. My spiritual desire it to find peace within. On every level, materially and spiritual, I just had one of those ‘aha’ moments this morning where it landed deep – the journey is about progress. Keep going, never give up, do the best you can, don’t try to do everything right. I’m ready to relax the effort – yet give fully of myself in my endeavors and not seek any longer to reach some place that I have called ‘perfection’.

What might “progress, not perfection” mean to you.

Until the next writing, be well and remember to take a few moments during the day to breath deeply and allow yourself to relax.

Savanna

Take time to Breathe

“When you realize you’re thinking, just acknowledge that. Then turn your attention to your breath flowing in and out, to your body, to the immediacy of your experience. Doing this allows you to be present and alert, and thoughts have a chance to calm down.

With this practice, it can be helpful to gently breathe in and out with the restlessness of the energy. This is a major support for learning to stay present.” Pema Chodron

Fire of Transformation

As residents of Colorado Springs we have all collectively undergone a trauma with the devastation to life, property and nature of the recent wildfire. Everyone was impacted to a greater or lesser degree and, as a result, everyone’s life has changed proportionately.

Not in any way to minimize the pain and suffering that this event has caused, nevertheless life is change, and there is another perspective  from which to view the recent events. In the personal development field, change is often metaphorically referred to as ‘ the fire of transformation’. Here we are having the literal experience, metaphor becomes reality.

In the face of such disaster, we naturally re-evaluate our life’s priorities. What is really important to us suddenly becomes very apparent as we are faced with the transient nature of all things, maybe the loss of all belongings. This kind of self-questioning leads to inner growth, transformation. This in turn leads to outer change. Who knows what kind of Phoenix will arise out of these ashes?

And transformation has been clearly experienced by the local population in the unprecendented coming together to offer support and condolence. Rick Harvey, the incident commander, said that in his 30 years experience as a firefighter, he has never before witnessed such community cohesion and support as demonstrated in the Springs and the surrounding areas. A Red Cross worker told me today how easy his job was made due to the strength and purpose of the local charities.

I know that, after experiencing the incredible response of our city to the catastrophe, I feel safer to be a part of such a community should future upheaval occur, whether man-made or natural. There is something special about this place.

The Power of Breathwork – A Personal Account

“I began breathwork in November of 2009. I was intuitively drawn to it without really
knowing what it was or what it could do for me, so I had no expectations. I just knew I
needed help and trusted this might be something that could work.

Badly broken on all levels – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually after a
traumatic death in my family I came to breathwork with the intention to find peace and
healing. I have and so much more.

Breathwork gave me back my body. It had been held captive for about two years in
grief, anxiety and anger. I think Iʼd been holding my breath all that time, afraid to breath, afraid to feel, afraid to be in my body. Breathwork began the process of healing me. Each session took me to a deeper level of myself. I never knew beforehand where I would go or what I would find and afterward I was always surprised and grateful. It unwound me, layer by layer, session by session.” – Deb K.

 

Each Full Breath We Take

I am continually in awe of the benefits and impact conscious breathing and breathwork offers to humanity.  Hope you enjoy this article from Jim Morningstar’s “The Complete Breath” by  Jessica Dibb, Co-director of the International Breathwork Training Alliance and the Chair of the IBTA Ethics Committee.

Each full breath we take has a beneficial impact. If we take that full breath consciously, with awareness, the benefits are exponentially increased. We can develop a practice of breathing this way. We can even cultivate skill in the way we allow our breath to be modulated by our experiences, and the ways that we encourage a full deep breath in every moment – in the presence of all of the vicissitudes of a human life. We can come to understand and experience that within each breath we breathe dwells the possibility for greater health, healing and wellness, personal growth and development, creativity, developing intelligence and wisdom, accessing intuition, and evolving and building a healthy world together.

When we are in the womb we feel, we sense, and we grow. What makes it possible for us to feel, sense and grow outside of the womb is breath. It is the most critical physiological function for life. Breath is one of the most transformative forces for life and one of the most powerful medicines on the planet.

Right now you and I are sharing the same experience – that our life began with a single breath, that our life is maintained by a series of breaths, and that the last thing that we do in this life is to take a breath. Right now you and I are sharing the air that we breathe. This air has been breathed over time by trillions and trillions of creatures, human and non-human, including all the people that humanity most admires for having helped make the world a better place.

And right now you and I have the same experience that without any conscious effort on our part we are breathing. And that breath is supporting the efficacy and vigor with which every cell in our body functions, and it is animating every moment of our life. Simultaneously this most critical, essential, and powerful physiological function can be affected in its rate, depth and more by our conscious volition. The implications of the meeting of the unconscious and conscious aspects of breathing, the effortless and efforting dimensions of breathing, for regulating a healthy and harmonious relationship between the sympathetic nervous system and the autonomic nervous system, and for creating opening and flow between the conscious and unconscious mind are thrilling and promising.

At the beginning of the 21st century there is expanding recognition that the source of much illness and disease is lack of oxygenation. How fortunate we are that there is wisdom from ancient times to today that can teach and guide us in consciously harnessing the full benefits of our breath. It is our most potent nutrient, and our most potentiated vehicle for awareness and self-actualization – and it is free and available every moment. From the simplest of breathing techniques that encourage relaxation and stress-reduction, to progressively enhanced techniques that promote cortisone regulation, stimulate immune functioning and hormonal regulation, to neural regulation and integration, and finally to intensive breathing techniques that help humans to penetrate the deepest parts of themselves, access their greatest gifts and fully flower as a being – breath is a surprising, delightful and awesome blessing.

Envision a world in which every baby is so loved and supported that there is little or no restriction or constriction, or holding of the breath due to anxiety, fear or unnecessary suffering. Envision that these relaxed, breathing childrenʼs bodies are then taught early in life about the significance, power and potential of deep and healthy breathing. Imagine a world in which these children are taught to breathe optimally and even expand their knowledge and capacity to breathe. Imagine a world in which all adults are supported and guided in retraining their bodies to breathe fully. Could we, as a species, as individuals, be healthy? Could we then meet each other with more relaxation, confidence, and awareness of the other? Could we then work together to keep our air, earth and water clean and vibrant? Could we then recognize our common humanity- and need to love and be loved? Could we build a healthy world that we can collectively relish together?

 

Benefits of conscious breathing

“Each full breath we take has a beneficial impact. If we take that full breath consciously, with awareness, the benefits are exponentially increased. We can develop a practice of breathing this way. We can even cultivate skill in the way we allow our breath to be modulated by our experiences, and the ways that we encourage a full deep breath in every moment – in the presence of all of the vicissitudes of a human life. We can come to understand and expereince that within each breath we breathe dwells the possibility for greater health, healing, and wellness, personal grwoth and development, creativity, developing intelligence and wisdom, accessing intuition, and evolving and building a healthy world together.” – Jessica Dibb, “The Complete Breath”

To experience Breakthwork Breathwork Meditation with Kris and Savanna Cassidy visit our website www.breakthroughbreathwork.com