Breathe into Being: Awakening to Who You Really Are

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Quest Books, May 19, 2009 - Self-Help - 115 pages
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Following up on author Dennis Lewis’ previous books on breathing, this represents his most straightforward, nurturing approach to the subject. Divided into brief, accessible chapters, the book features short, simple breathing exercises that lead readers to a profound awareness of their essential being through the miracle of the breath as it manifests in the body. Lewis presents breathing as an ever-present gateway to awakening to the true self. Based on his extensive teachings and workshops as well as his engagement with various traditions including Taoism, Advaita, and the Gurdjieff Work, Breathe into Being helps readers awaken to a larger perspective to receive new, direct impressions of the truth of their lives. Readers also become conscious of their bodies as a sacred temples that can lead to the source of all being; release constricting physical and emotional tensions; and enhance breathing itself in new self-created conditions of comfort, openness, and ease of being.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Mystery of Ourselves
A Sense of Infinite Potential
Working with Your Breath Begins with Awareness
Check in on Your Breathing
Our Breath Connects Us with All of Life
Our Breath Connects Our Inner and Outer Worlds
Becoming More Aware of Your Jaw and Throat
Relaxing Your Jaw and Throat
Awakening Your Center of Gravity in the Breathing Space of the Belly
Allowing Your Belly to Expand and Retract on Inhalation and Exhalation
Finding Your True Center of Gravity with the Earths Help
Sensing Your Weight Being Supported by the Earth
Tension in Your Pelvic Floor Muscles Impedes Your Connection to the Earth
Constrictions in Your Pelvic Floor Muscles Impede Your Breathing

The Freedom of Simple Presence
We Can Only Find Meaningand Happiness Now and Here
Learning to Live in the Present Moment
What Do You Really Want?
The Longing for Relationship
Following Your Inhalation and Exhalation
Being Inspired and Expired
The Importance of Breathing through Your Nose
Breathing and Walking
Carbon Dioxide Regulates Our Breathing
The World of Sensation
Densities of Sensation
Finding a Comfortable Erect Sitting Posture
Going Deeper through the Sensation of Your Breath
Becoming Free from Your Automatic Thoughts and Emotional Reactions
Contradictory Motivations
SelfSensing and the Breath
Breathing Inside the Sensation of Yourself
Following Your Breath into Silence
Sensing the Welcoming Presence
What Was Your Original Face?
Living with the Questions
Returning to the Unknown in Ourselves
Looking toward the NoThingth at You Are
Noticing that You Often Hold Your Breath
Frequent Breath Holding Reveals a Fundamental Disharmony
Following Your Breath through the Transitions in Your Life
Your Body Has Many Breathing Spaces
Observing the Tension in Your Eyes Face and Throat
Becoming More Aware of Your Eyes
Relaxing Your Eyes
Squatting to Become More Aware of Your Pelvic Muscles
Working with Your Perineum to Open up Your Breathing
Breathing from Your Pelvic Floor
Living in Front of Ourselves
Sensing Your Spine
Hug Yourself
Organic Relaxation
Awakening the Spine
Stretching Breathing and Opening from Your Core
The Vitruvian Man Position
The Smile of Compassion
Smile Stretch and Breathe
A Rejection of What Is
The Childhood Breath
the Spiritual Muscle
How the Diaphragm Works
How Your Belly ImpactsYour Diaphragm
Learning to Listen to the Functioning of the Diaphragm
Filling a Cup that Is Already Full
Exhaling Consciously
The Emptiness of Presence
Common Obstacles to Working with Your Breath
Releasing Constrictions and Increasing Energy in the Upper Chest and Spine
Being Lifted by the Breath of Presence
We Are TwoNatured Beings
The Conscious Body
Connecting Heaven and Earth
Awakening to Who You Already Are
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A former businessman (co-founder and former president of Hi-Tech Public Relations) and a long-time-student of Taoism, Advaita, and the Gurdjieff Work, Dennis Lewis teaches the transformative power of presence through Authentic Breathing®, qigong, meditation, mindfulness, and self-inquiry. He leads workshops throughout the United States, at venues such as Esalen Institute, The New York Open Center, The Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and various qigong conferences. He is co-editor, with Jacob Needleman, of two books: Sacred Tradition & Present Need (Viking) and On the Way to Self Knowledge (Knopf). Both books were published in the 1970s. His book The Tao of Natural Breathing: For Health, Well-Being and Inner Growth was first published in September, 1996, and was republished by Rodmell Press in May, 2006. His two-cassette audio program entitled "Breathing as a Metaphor for Living" was released by Sounds True in September 1998, and then re-released on CD in April 2005 as "Natural Breathing". His most recent book Free Your Breath, Free Your Life: How Conscious Breathing Can Relieve Stress, Increase Vitality, and Help You Live More Fully was published by Shambhala Publications in May 2004. His writing has also appeared in numerous publications, including Yoga Journal, Gnosis, Parabola, Somatics, Library Journal, Manas, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is a member of the National Qigong Association.

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