The chaos of this modern world has pushed our schedules to the max. The workday greets us with a toxic sea of rush-hour traffic with no end in sight; and we have a myriad of deadlines to meet and contracts to sign. Qigong and meditation educator Dennis Lewis believes the time has come to break away and simply breathe! In this refreshing and easy-to-use guide, author Dennis Lewis instructs how to restore calmness and clarity.
A long time practitioner of Taoism, Advaita and the Gurdjieff work, Lewis shares his knowledge of natural breathing to bring readers face to face with their true and present self. He demonstrates how focused breathing disbands physical and emotional knots and restores physical, mental, and spiritual levels.
Breathe into Being offers purposeful breath through exercises that are short and attainable, while maintaining rich, insightful content. Learn how so many of us unconsciously hold our breaths, and how to correct this surprising and unhealthy tendency! Discover the body’s various breathing spaces and how to most effectively work with your diaphragm. Determine where your structural tensions lie and how to sense the spine and re-connect with your center of gravity. Both body and mind emerge refreshed and at peace, bringing spiritual vitality and awareness throughout. Whereas most books on breathing explore breath work as a means for achieving some future goal, Breathe into Being proves an invaluable tool for managing those real-life instances ‘in the present moment’ when mounting emotional stress and tensions can peak so suddenly.
A refreshingly simple, straightforward, and enjoyable exploration of the connections between body, breath, awareness, and presence. This user-friendly guidebook will help you be more embodied and awake.
—John Welwood, author of Toward a Psychology of Awakening
Breathe into Being is a most practical, user-friendly yet profound guide to awakening, with simple exercises that blow away the conditioned mind’s veils, allowing one’s inner light to shine forth. I highly recommend it.
—Leonard Laskow, M.D., author of Healing with Love
Dennis Lewis has written a very wise and highly readable book about one of the most fundamental insights of the great spiritual traditions: the breath is a mediator between mind and body, and is a bridge to the transcendent. This is a marvelous guidebook in cultivating awareness and living in the now. All valid spiritual instruction is simple and unadorned—as simple as breathing, as Lewis makes clear in Breathe into Being.
—Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions
We all know that breathing is essential to life. But this book helps us to discover its immense importance not only to physical life, but to the very meaning of what we are and what we can become.
—Jacob Needleman, author of Why Can’t We Be Good? and The American Soul
Breathe Into Being is both a fun and a must read, a fountain of practical wisdom for self-exploration that is delicious on the tongue of the soul while quenching our thirst for the knowledge of enlightenment. It is perhaps the most important self-help book — in the deeper sense of that expression — to come out in the new millennium.
—Glenn H. Mullin, author of The Fourteen Dalai Lamas: A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation
Dennis is a master teacher who stands fast in the profound truth that when we welcome this moment just as it is, life works. How simple. How overlooked. How astonishing and wonderful. The secret he reveals: all that we need do is attend to our body’s natural function of breathing in, and breathing out. Nothing more is needed. Listen to Dennis. Breathe. Be still and awaken into living your alive, joyful and harmonious Presence that Dennis so beautifully reveals.
—Richard Miller, PhD, author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga (Sounds True) is president of the Center of Timeless Being and co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists