Gentle Breath Meditation and Reconnecting to Me

I was first introduced to the Gentle Breath Meditation 6 years ago. It has been the foundation from which I have learned to have a deeper connection with myself just by stopping (a choice) for a few minutes and allowing myself to choose and feel my gentle in-breath and out-breath. 

From this foundation I have learned to be with myself in my daily movements and present with my touch. It is not a time to escape but to connect and feel my body and my breath, to take responsibility to breathe in gently and detach, and then to breathe out gently. It is not an escape or bliss or hiding but a re-connecting to the loveliness that I already am. I have developed the same quality of stillness and awareness I feel in the gentle breath meditation in my movements as I work or play.

The gentle breath brings me back to me in work, home and in my daily living. It has also helped me to reassess what is really going on before I act… to question – am I in reaction to something, am I observing, am I absorbing? It has been a huge support.

As I breathe in gently in connection to me, I feel me and can then feel all that is outside of me which is not part of me. This has helped me to feel that what goes on around me does not need to be absorbed or taken on, just as the gentle out-breath allows me to feel the quality that I can then choose to let out to the world, and ultimately be in the world.

The gentle breath technique is a reconnection to my gentle, tender divine self that has filtered into my daily action, movements and living. I now have a greater awareness of self-responsibility and am aware of how I am being in this world, as well as being able to feel how others are being and having the ability to observe that.

  • It has filtered into how I express and behave in the environment where others are.
  • It has helped me to take responsibility for my actions, to be more considerate and not impose myself on others.
  • It has been a huge practical support in my reclaiming of myself – something others now feel.

All of this has stemmed from the Gentle Breath Meditation technique as taught by Serge Benhayon.

By Johanna Smith, Bachelor of Education

145 thoughts on “Gentle Breath Meditation and Reconnecting to Me

  1. ‘It has helped me to take responsibility for my actions, to be more considerate and not impose myself on others’, is a biggie. In that we are not breathing down other people’s necks and expecting them to do the same as you, is massive. It’s a big imposition, and around the world many are doing this to each other.

    If we are taught from a young age to not impose or to breathe our own breath, slowly more and more people can be responsible for themselves. It is incredible, the power of the Gentle Breath Meditation.

  2. Johanna, you have nailed it with sharing what a filtering effect the gentle breath has – it begins just as a breath but then spreads or filters into all that we do – how we open doors, how we move and how we speak, and all decisions we make from there, bringing gentleness and deep care to all we touch.

    1. Henrietta not only does it filter into all we do, but it also filters around us. It isn’t something we physically see, but we can physically feel it rippling to others.

  3. Thank you Johanna for this simple and powerful reminder of the gentle breath and how transformative it is in our lives when we embrace it.

  4. The ripple effect of the gentle breath is stunning – We get to feel the body, build awareness, re-connect more deeply to ourselves and from there move and do things gently, feel what is needed and what is not needed, know our responsibilities and know what to bring to ourselves and others in each moment. What other manual of living life do we need?

  5. “This has helped me to feel that what goes on around me does not need to be absorbed or taken on, just as the gentle out-breath allows me to feel the quality that I can then choose to let out to the world, and ultimately be in the world.” Your words here highlight how our breath can support us to be in the world and changing it by virtue of our loving presence, or in the world and being changed by everything around us. Great blog, thank you.

  6. It was really lovely to read this and feel how simple it really is to connect to the loveliness of being with myself. When the reality of the world is harsh we may like to take us out and away, but it is actually in bringing us back in full that we find our stillness and joy.

  7. The gentle breath mediation may look like other meditations, but it is the only one I had tried that is about developing our inner connection, body and soul. Before the gentle breath technique, meditation was a way to cope with the intensity and disappointment of life.

  8. The Gentle Breath Meditation brings our awareness to our body which allows us to feel the truth of how gently we have been moving and living in our everyday life. A true blessing and a reflection all in one, and oh so much more.

  9. ‘The gentle breath technique is a reconnection to my gentle, tender divine self that has filtered into my daily action, movements and living.’ Well said Johanna, there is so much to discover when we connect more deeply to ourselves, the Gentle Breath Meditation is a true support in every way.

  10. Such a simple technique and yet it’s life changing and I can attest to both. The ability to be more present with ourselves and feel all around us allows more space for all of us, more response, less reaction.

  11. Thank you for the reminder of how powerful our breath is – I’m going to try a mini experiment today – how do I feel at the end of the day if I focusing more on my breath and less on my thoughts.

  12. When we have a clear and tangible marker of knowing who we are, the love we are, we then move and respond with this quality and have a greater awareness of what is of this quality and what is not.

    1. Spot on Carola, and when we know and have awareness of what is of this quality of gentleness and what is not, then it is much easier to make decisions and choices and also not get affected and bogged down by that which is not at least of that same quality of gentleness.

  13. The Gentle Breath Meditation is the simplest form of meditation I have ever experienced and by far the most powerful and practical I have ever tried.

    1. Same here, The Gentle Breath Meditation is the simplest form of meditation I have experienced, and yet is so powerful, ‘It has filtered into how I express and behave in the environment where others are.
      It has helped me to take responsibility for my actions, to be more considerate and not impose myself on others.
      It has been a huge practical support in my reclaiming of myself – something others now feel.’

  14. Very beautiful to feel the possibility of living life in meditation. It is about re-connecting with something that is already here within us, feeling and claiming ours to live out.

  15. The Gentle Breath Meditation brings us back to feeling the truth within our body and opens up our awareness with the realisation that our whole way of being is so much more than how we choose to live and express ourselves.

  16. To be aware of the different qualities of our breath brings a whole new dimension and understanding to a vital bodily process that we all too often take for granted.

  17. The quality of my breath affects how I am, for example, whether I am able to stay steady and observe certain situations or if I crumble and absorb things around me.

    1. Super powerful Chan – the gentle breath is like a super power that allows us to stay steady in life and observe and then act and make choices upon choices that are supportive.

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