What Is Breath?

~ The Source of Life Energy ~

You do not need

to leave your room.

Remain sitting at your table and listen.

Do not even listen, simply wait. Do

not even wait, be quite still and ordinary. The world will freely offer itself to be unmasked, it has no choice.

It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.  

Franz Kafka

The breath

is the principal power needed in healing.

All the various manifestations of the magnetic

current which come from the tips of the fingers, from the glance, and from the pores of the skin are indirect manifestations of the breath. It is the strength of breath which gives magnetic power in all its different aspects. Weakness of breath causes weakness of mind and body, and strength of breath is strength to both. One cannot lack energy and magnetism if one's breath is full of energy. Therefore before developing any other means of healing the power of the

breath should first be developed.

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Remember: always try to breathe

through your nostrils, and not through your mouth, because air must contact the olfactory nerves to stimulate your brain and put it into its natural rhythm. If you don't breathe through your nose, in a sense you're only half alive. 

Robert C. Fulford, D.O.

Abide in an infinitely spacious place, devoid of trees, hills, dwellings.

Let your gaze dissolve in empty space, until your mind relaxes.

In the empty space which separates two instants of awareness,

radiant spatiality is revealed.

Vijñânabhairava Tantra

All healing originally resides in the human breathing system.

Rudolf Steiner

Because no cancer cell exists,

the respiration of which is intact,

it cannot be disputed that cancer could be prevented if

the respiration of the body cells

would be kept intact.

Otto Warburg,

1966 Nobel prize


The breath is the horse,

the mind is the rider.

Tibetan saying

The major miracles of yogis

are in the reduction of respiration and accumulation of carbon dioxide. For thousands

of years the yogis were looking for “prana”,

which is somewhere in food, air, etc. It turned out that carbon dioxide is prana. Here is the main source of life - carbon dioxide. If you accumulate it, you become a “superhuman”; if you lose it,

you suffer.

K.P.Buteyko, 1969

Moscow State University

Over the oxygen

supply of the body

carbon dioxide spreads its protective wings. Johannes Friedrich Miescher, MD, 1885

70% of our nutrition comes via the breath. Gurdjeff

I've learned

that there's nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling their breath

on your cheeks.


I am the Breath that Nourishes Life ~  Owau no ka ha ka mauli ola

Ancient Hawaiian Ho'oponopono


is excitement

without the breath.  Fritz Perls

The golden rule

is that

Breathless people

always overbreathe

Torodial life flow

is a dance of breath and energy in and out and through the body, the trees, the cosmos. Microcosms of the macrocosm.

The smoke of my own breath echoes, ripples...

I sing the body electric.

Walt Whitman

The soft overcomes the hard;

the slow overcomes the fast.

Let your workings remain

a mystery;

just show people the results.

Lao Tzu


is like a non-specific homeopathic remedy for the psyche.

Mind movement needs

breath movement; mind moving

fast needs fast movement in breath. According to Ayurveda,

which measures life in breaths,

your life will be shortened if your breathing is too fast, as when you

are in anger or in fear.


To use your breathing

to nurture mindfulness, just tune in to

the feeling of it... the feeling of the breath

coming into your body and the feeling of the breath

leaving your body. That's all. Just feeling the breath. Breathing and knowing that you're breathing.

This doesn't mean deep breathing or forcing your

breathing or trying to feel something special, or

wondering if you're doing it right. It doesn't mean

thinking about your breathing either. It's just

a bare bones awareness of the breath moving

in and the breath moving out. 

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Ailei Ioli


Breathe in the Flowers

Are you looking for me?

I am in the next seat.

My shoulder is against yours.

You will not find me in sutras, not in Indian shrine rooms, nor in synagogues,

nor in cathedrals: not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding around your own neck, nor in eating nothing but vegetables.

When you really look for me, you will see me instantly - you will find me in the tiniest hours of time. Student, tell me, what is God?

He is the breath inside the breath.

Kabir 12th century

Persian Sufi

The perfect man 
breathes as if 
he is not breathing. 
4th century BC

It is our quiet time.
We do not speak, because the voices

are within us.  It is our quiet time.
We do not walk, because the earth is all within us.
It is our quiet time.
We do not dance, because the music has lifted us

to a place where the spirit is.
It is our quiet time.
We rest with all of nature. We wake when

the seven sisters wake.
We greet them in the sky over the

opening of the kiva.

Diné (Navajo)

True life should

not be measured by the number of breaths we

take, but rather by the moments that take our

breath away.

There are two graces

in breathing:

drawing in air and discharging it.

The former constrains,

the latter refreshes.

So marvelously is life mixed.

Thank God then when he presses

you, and thank him again when

he lets you go.


There's a way of breathing

that's a shame and suffocation.
And there's another way of expiring

a love breath that lets you

open infinitely.


Take deliberate pleasure in your breathing!

If A equals success,

then the formula is  

A =  X +  Y +  Z. 

X is work. 

Y is play. 

Z is keep your mouth shut. 

Albert Einstein

I am

A hole in a flute

That the Christ’s breath

moves through -

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