I did a presentation this week in Kripalu, a yoga center in the Berkshires that offers workshops training & events for self-development & growth. I participated in a Breath-Body-Mind teachers training. Just as I arrived, a young woman Michelle was sharing about her breath & meditation work with kids. She was animated and funny & authentic. She said that kids respond best to you when you’re yourself. I felt encouraged to do my presentation that evening as a performance art piece. The energy I followed was joy. The joy of the breath in the moment, which lives in every breath we take. The question is how to connect with it, especially when you feel distressed, and are disconnected from your heart. The joy in the breath can be accessed through opening the heart to it. And once you open your heart to your breath in the moment, the joy of breathing – joie de vivre flows. And it’s infectious. When I later saw a video of my colleague Dr. Brown teaching breathing to refugees in the Sudan who have been through horrendous atrocities, and I saw the children smile, I recognized that joy of being alive, and standing in awe of the miracle that is life, regardless of circumstances to conditions. How wonderful it would be to make it available for all people, especially people who are living in challenging circumstances and under catastrophic events. It is available in each breath we take 20.000 times a day.
Samuel Jakob Kirschner, voice of the b r e a z e