Breathe into Being Awakening to Who You Really Are

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-19
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These short, simple breathing practices will lead you to a profound awareness of your essential being through the miracle of the breath as it manifests now in your body. While most books on breathing explain how and why you should work with your breath to achieve some future goal, Breathe into Being explores how breathing itself is an ever-present gateway to awakening to who you really are in this present moment. A natural extension of Dennis Lewis's previous books, this new one has grown out of his engagement in various traditions over the years such as Taoism, Advaita, and the Gurdjieff Work-traditions whose fundamental aim is to discover and live the Truth. It also reflects his extensive work with individuals and groups and conveys how he actually teaches in a workshop setting. Breathe into Being will help you: 1) Awaken to a larger perspective in which you can receive new, direct impressions of the truth of your life. 2) Become conscious of your body-not as the one you think you know so well-but as a sacred temple that can lead you to the source of all being. 3) Release constricting physical and emotional tensions. 4) Enhance your breathing itself in the new conditions you create of comfort, openness, and ease of being.

Author Biography

Dennis Lewis is author of The Tao of Natural Breathing and Free Your Breath, Free Your Life. He teaches the transformative power of presence through Authentic Breathing(R), qigong, meditation, and self-inquiry and leads workshops nationwide. See http://www.dennislewis.org.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Mystery of Ourselvesp. 9
A Sense of Infinite Potentialp. 13
Working with Your Breath Begins with Awarenessp. 14
Check in on Your Breathingp. 15
Our Breath Connects Us with All of Lifep. 17
Our Breath Connects Our Inner and Outer Worldsp. 18
The Freedom of Simple Presencep. 19
We Can Only Find Meaning and Happiness Now and Herep. 21
Learning to Live in the Present Momentp. 22
What Do You Really Want?p. 24
The Longing for Relationshipp. 25
Following Your Inhalation and Exhalationp. 26
Being Inspired and Expiredp. 27
The Importance of Breathing through Your Nosep. 28
Breathing and Walkingp. 30
Carbon Dioxide Regulates Our Breathingp. 31
The World of Sensationp. 32
Densities of Sensationp. 34
Finding a Comfortable, Erect Sitting Posturep. 35
Going Deeper through the Sensation of Your Breathp. 37
Becoming Free from Your Automatic Thoughts and Emotional Reactionsp. 38
Do Less and Listen Morep. 38
Contradictory Motivationsp. 40
Self-Sensing and the Breathp. 42
Breathing Inside the Sensation of Yourselfp. 44
Following Your Breath into Silencep. 45
Sensing the Welcoming Presencep. 46
What Was Your Original Face?p. 47
Living with the Questionsp. 48
Returning to the Unknown in Ourselvesp. 49
Looking toward the No-Thing that You Arep. 50
Noticing that You Often Hold Your Breathp. 51
Frequent Breath Holding Reveals a Fundamental Disharmonyp. 52
Following Your Breath through the Transitions in Your Lifep. 53
Your Body Has Many Breathing Spacesp. 54
Observing the Tension in Your Eyes, Face, and Throatp. 56
Becoming More Aware of Your Eyesp. 57
Relaxing Your Eyesp. 58
Becoming More Aware of Your Jaw and Throatp. 59
Relaxing Your Jaw and Throatp. 60
Awakening Your Center of Gravity in the Breathing Space of the Bellyp. 62
Allowing Your Belly to Expand and Retract on Inhalation and Exhalationp. 63
Finding Your True Center of Gravity with the Earth's Helpp. 64
Sensing Your Weight Being Supported by the Earthp. 66
Tension in Your Pelvic Floor Muscles Impedes Your Connection to the Earthp. 67
Constrictions in Your Pelvic Floor Muscles Impede Your Breathingp. 69
Squatting to Become More Aware of Your Pelvic Musclesp. 70
Working with Your Perineum to Open up Your Breathingp. 71
Breathing from Your Pelvic Floorp. 72
Living in Front of Ourselvesp. 74
Sensing Your Spinep. 76
Hug Yourselfp. 77
Organic Relaxationp. 79
Awakening the Spinep. 80
Stretching, Breathing, and Opening from Your Corep. 82
The "Vitruvian Man" Positionp. 83
The Smile of Compassionp. 85
Smile, Stretch, and Breathep. 86
Negativity: A Rejection of What Isp. 88
The Childhood Breathp. 89
The Diaphragm: the Spiritual Musclep. 91
How the Diaphragm Worksp. 93
How Your Belly Impacts Your Diaphragmp. 94
Learning to Listen to the Functioning of the Diaphragmp. 96
Filling a Cup that Is Already Fullp. 98
Exhaling Consciouslyp. 100
The Emptiness of Presencep. 101
Common Obstacles to Working with Your Breathp. 102
Releasing Constrictions and Increasing Energy in the Upper Chest and Spinep. 104
Being Lifted by the Breath of Presencep. 106
We Are Two-Natured Beingsp. 108
The Conscious Bodyp. 110
Connecting Heaven and Earthp. 111
Awakening to Who You Already Arep. 114
About the Authorp. 122
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