Hello Humanity – We Need to Talk About Your Breath

Hello humanity, we need to talk about your breath. I know it’s a touchy subject and I’m not trying to embarrass you, in fact, I wouldn’t mention it at all unless I felt it was super important. This is the type of thing that only a true friend would bring up, so here goes.

For a long while now I have noticed how you breathe. At times it’s heavy, at times racy, at times calm, but the majority of the time it changes in reaction to what is going on around you. You watch a scary movie and it races, you push yourself on the sports field and it gets heavy, you sit with a mantra and it changes again.

Your breath is a precious gift, it is the stuff of life, quite literally, yet you allow the world to dictate its pace and rhythm. This is super significant because it is usually something that goes unnoticed for much of the day but has a dramatic effect on how you experience that day.

Have you noticed that you can’t change your emotional state without changing your breath first? Try it – think of something joyful and notice your breath, then think of something sad and feel if it changes.

People seem to be affected by the world in different ways but the impact on our breath appears to be similar. Most people breathe in reaction to the world.

But it stands to reason that if our breath can be changed by our experience of the world around us, then changing our breath may well change how we experience the world. Crazy concept I know, but it’s something worth exploring.

The word meditation comes up a lot at the moment, with people looking for another way of being with themselves and life. Yet there are so many meditation techniques around that don’t return the breath to you but rather continue the model of changing your breath based on what is around you… You can listen to tinkling music or do a guided journey to help calm you. These ‘seem’ to work and you may feel better compared to how you felt before you sat down to meditate, but aren’t they simply following the model of getting you to respond to a different external stimulus?

I know you’ve grown pretty attached to a few of those techniques, but is there a difference between something that makes you feel better and something that helps you feel you?

The secret is to start as you intend to finish. If the trigger for that connection is something outside you, then the power remains outside you. If the focus for that connection is within you, then the power remains with you. It is that inner focus where the most significant distinction lives. We can try to still the mind by focussing on the mind, or we can still the mind by bringing its focus in line with the movement of the body. If we are focussing solely on our mind, we are not truly bringing more presence to our lives. The mind is fed information from the body, so the true source of awareness and point of presence is the body.

Your breath is precious and how you choose to breathe can have a huge effect on your inner quality, so this is not trying to discourage you in any way: I am just checking in to see if what you are trying is really working.

In my experience of meditation, it doesn’t need to take that long to be meaningful. It simply needs to come from you and connect you to you. The real benefit of meditation is not how long you can sit in meditation, but the degree to which you can live that level of connection in real life.

Connecting you back to you needs to start with something that connects you back to you.

The Gentle Breath Meditation™ has been something that I have found supports my connection to me. It looks and sounds like other meditations but the reality is that it is vastly different.

We can talk later about why it might be different, if you want to know more, but for now, listen to these free Gentle Breath Meditation™ audios and see how you go.

5 – 10 minutes a day is all you need. I would suggest trying it for a week to see what you notice.

By Joel Levin

Related Reading:
Gentle Breath Meditation in Daily Life
Our Breath as a Tool of Connection
Living is as Easy as Breathing

438 thoughts on “Hello Humanity – We Need to Talk About Your Breath

  1. “Have you noticed that you can’t change your emotional state without changing your breath first?” Umm true and if we could catch our change of breath as it happens we would be able to stop ourselves going into the emotional overwhelm we sometimes find ourselves in

    1. I had this yesterday Alison, something unsettled me a bit and I could feel I was out of kilter, a short walk focussing on my breath and balance restored. The Gentle Breath Meditation is such a great tool for life, for living me, staying with me, settled in my body, breathing my own breath.

  2. I agree Joel the gentle breath (GB) meditation is vastly different to other meditations. From my experience other meditations take loads longer, for a start, and lets face it who has the time to sit and meditate for an hour, and on top of that they do not support connection with your body in fact quite the opposite, they take you into your mind. Whereas the GB meditation is max 3-5 minutes and it supports you to re-connect to your body and take this connection into your day.

  3. Such a simple presentation but so powerful Joel – if we can be in an emotional response to something that changes our breathing response, then also we can change how we feel through taking control of how we breathe. And more than that, saying no to being in reaction to life but allowing our breath to stay unaffected and actually build strength in us. Not always easy but certainly something we can build and grow.

  4. Our breath and movements makes a way of living that supports our expression of the divine being we all are, and all this when we put into practice the Gentle Breath Meditation for 5 to 10 minutes a day as you have shared Joel. This level of truth that is presented in this blog should never be suppressed but brought out and discussed openly or put to an open forum so that we can all see this level of connection, which is so easily available.

  5. A beautiful offering Joel, and so profound in its delivery. As when we connect with our breath we connect to the universe by the air we breath and that fact makes us to realign to the rhythm and order we belong to but have chosen to walk away from long long time ago.

  6. ‘Your breath is a precious gift, it is the stuff of life, quite literally, yet you allow the world to dictate its pace and rhythm.’ It truly is amazing that when I focus on my breath and make it a gentle tender quality… the onslaught of the world cannot dictate because my body won’t allow it so. The key is to make my breath a consistent choice so that the world does not come in and dictate its pace and rhythm, rather allowing my breath to dictate my rhythm and pace for me.

  7. I love how you bring it back to the fundamental truth that our breath is precious. When we do reconnect back to our own breath it is something we can call on at any time to reconnect back to ourselves. Being with the tender ebb and flow or our lungs breathing in and out in our own rhythm is deeply settling – and we realise that deep settlement comes from going inwards to knowing ourselves again, and not from seeing something outside of us to quell the unease we otherwise feel.

  8. I love how the word inspire is related to breath. What are we inspiring – inhaling – when we breath. Are we breathing our own connected breath .. or the breath of worldly dilemmas.

  9. It is so empowering to really appreciate the power of our breath, to choose to breathe for yourself and not be manipulated by emotions and circumstances.

  10. Especially in exams and tightly timed activities, focusing on our breathing helps to create a rhythm in our movements and is a great reminder that we are not defined by what’s on the exam paper, or that we need to stress.

  11. I agree Joel, we do need to talk about our breath, and by writing this blog you have started the ball rolling. The quality of our breath will determine the quality of our life, and the best way I have found to bring awareness to my breath is through the Gentle Breath Meditation as presented by Serge Benhayon. This simple yet profound meditation has supported me to observe when I am in harmony with my breath and when I have disconnected from it….an invaluable tool to guide me on my journey through life.

  12. “In my experience of meditation, it doesn’t need to take that long to be meaningful. It simply needs to come from you and connect you to you. The real benefit of meditation is not how long you can sit in meditation, but the degree to which you can live that level of connection in real life.” This is so true, for meditation is not just a practice but a livingness that seeks to be a constant without perfection as we go about our daily lives, thus ensuring a true quality in our thoughts, words and deeds with far reaching effects in our lives and the ripple effects.

  13. ‘The secret is to start as you intend to finish. If the trigger for that connection is something outside you, then the power remains outside you. ‘ This is absolute wisdom here Joel. Wise words.

  14. I notice when someone is angry, their breath is short, sharp and fast. By shifting our breath to be gentle, we can reconnect back to ourselves where we don’t give our power away to anger or other emotions.

  15. ‘The real benefit of meditation is not how long you can sit in meditation, but the degree to which you can live that level of connection in real life.’ and that is what is so beneficial from the Gentle Breath Meditation as it supports the building and holding of this connection.

  16. “Most people breathe in reaction to the world.” It is true I can feel how my breath gets more shallow when I am in reaction to the world but I would not have recognised this as being the case. How we breathe supports us to be in the world but most of us live in anxiousness and exhaustion and so are not aware or even consider how powerful our breath can be.

  17. Simple and life changing. All my life I’ve tried to control the world around me in my attempt to have a world that feels still so I could feel that sense of stillness within that I knew was possible. But in trying to control I triggered great reactions in others, great force in trying to make things happen and I got exhausted and frustrated and checked out form life being too difficult. So, there is still a little bit of me that is incredulous that it is possible, but I am finding it is very possible to be in all sorts of situations where connection with my breath and my body first allows me to stay connected and still and do what is there to be done, but it’s in this quality that is me.

  18. Registering the fact of my breath, connecting to it… and coming back to it with a focus on its gentle quality has breathed new life and vitality into me.

    1. I had this too Fiona, but the more I did The Gentle Breath Meditation consistently the more my breath changed and became gentle consistently over time the exhaustion disappeared and then I began to feel more and more energised. It is powerful in it’s simplicity.

  19. The gentle breath is the first encounter we can have into a way of life that is simple, reaction-free and truly loving. Perhaps it is too simple for some to accept but it is totally worth it. It’s basically a free, easy and simple way of beating anxiety.

  20. So super important and super lovely to be reminded to ‘breathe our own breath’ and stay connected the truth of who we are.

  21. When you were young, did you listen to your parent? When they said it’s time to pack up, did you do so? Or did you play up and carry on? So many of us it seems, just ignored them and pushed the boundaries until trouble came. And so it seems that we still live the same way today. When we are shown that stillness, grace, power and health all flow from the gentleness and beauty of our breath, do we heed this call? Or do we ignore and push on acting just as before? You’d think that we would want a truly rich life and adjust our behaviour to match. But as you show Joel it doesn’t usually work out this way. To return to the true riches we have inside requires some discipline and loving dedication but wow what can come if it is done.

  22. “but is there a difference between something that makes you feel better and something that helps you feel you?” Is it possible that because of the extremely low base level of the world’s true health and vitality, it is therefore very easy for us to sell ourselves to something that makes us feel better. The desire for relief and the short term feeling of relief, can very easily fool us. It is vital that we discern when we come across something that appears ‘better’.

  23. Inspired by this blog, I went all the way back to the audio that was “An Introduction to the Gentle Breath Meditation”. 20 minutes of the most simple, yet the most powerful game-changing gold for all of humanity. I have decided to gently work my way through all these audios. Over and over.

  24. The understanding of how important the quality of my breath is in how I experience life to be is one of the many gifts I have received through the work of Serge Benhayon.

  25. The importance of the quality of our breath cannot be overestimated – it is our most fundamental choice in life that we must not let get bastardised by all that attempts to impose on it from around us.

  26. The beauty of honouring our breath its importance with our connection to ourselves, expansiveness and depth of honouring and quality is second to none in its vitality and stillness it allows us to feel and live.

  27. The question is who are we if we are not breathing our own breath? I feel we are either breathing our own breath and moving in our own rhythm or we are or breathing in the world and moving to the dictates of the energy around us.

  28. There (is) a difference between something that makes you feel better and something that helps you feel you?” This is so true. When we want to feel better it is often about wanting to have relief from a situation whereas when we feel ourselves everything feels great, irrespective of the situation.

  29. ‘The real benefit of meditation is not how long you can sit in meditation, but the degree to which you can live that level of connection in real life.’ Before I experienced the gentle breath meditation I had no idea that meditation could support you to connect to your body and to live this connection in life. All the previous meditation techniques I had explored were focused on how long you could sit and how much you could still your mind, there was no focus on being in the body. The gentle breath meditation changed my life dramatically within a short space of time whereas nothing really changed in the twenty or so years with all the other meditation techniques.

    1. I had this too Mary-louise. All the meditations I did previously took me further away from my body and my connection to life. It is amazing how quickly The Gentle Breath Meditation turned this round and the connection to my body built with increasing energy levels.

  30. I provided a space at work the other day for my team to do the Gentle Breath Meditation. They embraced it and welcomed it. The whole team became really still, and the quality in the room changed. They took stillness and gentleness into their day. It makes such a difference to the whole day when we start in this way.

  31. One of the most simple and basic movements, breathing our own breath and to not connect to the power that this holds is very common. Once I was introduced to The Gentle Breath Meditation I realised how I had lived my life up to that point by breathing in what is going on around me and totally disconnected to my own breath. Being aware of the quality of breath we are taking and how essential this is I have found super Empowering.

  32. A simple but crucial point you make that is usually overlooked when it comes to spiritual practices; that it is not about becoming something but coming back to who you truly are hence the need to start with you to become who you are.

  33. It is important not to take our breath for granted – to keep our awareness of how our breath feels in our body and how that connects us.

  34. After breath comes water and then food all of which are necessary to maintain life. So much focus has been placed on our breath, which is at this plain of existence is something that needs our attention. Could it be that we are moving away from the truth of who we are so distractions and the way we breath and what we drink or eat keep us in the illusion that we can make this a better life?
    Finding a place that shares so much about our whole body intelligence and who we are and where we are going lifts the lid of the pot so it becomes easier to see through the illusion and find our way back to our most divine connection. Finding the balance between how we breath, the fluids we consume and what we eat has never been a dictation but we need to simply listen to our body so “if the focus for that connection is within you, then the power remains with you.” Then no matter what we are doing as you have shared Joel – “Connecting you back to you needs to start with something that connects you back to you.” So every movement especially when it comes to our breath, drinking and food play an important roll in us remaining connected so “the power remains with you.”

  35. One of the loveliest things to feel is the way our breath feels throughout our whole body, when we stop to breath and to feel. I know I have ignored or forgotten it a lot of the time and when I am in this space, I can ignore or override how I am being affected by my every day. Observing my breath is one of the best ways I know to check in with myself during my day, to see how I am travelling and if I am being affect by life or whether I remain connected to a quality that is holding steady during my day.

  36. The danger of the plethora of meditations out there now is the fact they promote calmness but not true gentleness. Whilst it feels great does it feel true? We have to make sure we are not settling for less.

  37. Breathing is a movement we’re making 24/7 and so the quality or rhythm of our breath has to be having a big impact on the whole of our body and being. The Gentle Breath Meditation gives us a very simple way of re-connecting with the way we are breathing and bringing it back to our true rhythm rather than breathing our emotional issues/ reactions or upsets…

    1. Yes it takes it from the personal to the grandness of the connection to humanity. If we are all from one body of love then we could say we have one breath – what are we contributing to that one breath? Could how we breath actually have a positive effect on others by way of inspiration?

  38. It has been a real joy to share with others recently about how it feels to be with our own breath and connecting with our body.

  39. Thank you Joel, for sharing the power of true meditation and the way it allows us to connect to that which lives within us all equally and is a reflection of the divinity around us, it is in the simplicity of the gentle breath meditation that we can return to what is true in us all.

  40. ‘Connecting you back to you needs to start with something that connects you back to you.’ yes Joel and in my experience the Gentle Breath Meditation does this. What a great place to start, something so simple.

  41. How I’m breathing makes a notable difference to how my body feels. My body can be light and fluid when I am connected to my own gentle breath or tight and restricting when I’m taking in and breathing what is around me.

  42. “If the trigger for that connection is something outside you, then the power remains outside you. If the focus for that connection is within you, then the power remains with you.”

    Totally on point here Joel. I have tried so many tips and tricks to bring in more mindfulness, stillness, peace etc…and none of them lasting because I was looking for the trigger outside of me and when I had it worked, when I didn’t, it didn’t.

    But connecting to what lies naturally within, then yes that is 24/7 and the power remains within you

  43. What I so love about the Gentle Breath Meditation is that it is simply about coming back to who we are. And then taking this out and living this in the world. I often hear about people who meditate for hours or imagining they are somewhere else, but as is shared here, is that not just taking us away from humanity and ourselves in a different way?

  44. I’m feeling a little anxious this morning about a conversation I need to have. I’m bringing it back to my breath. Thanks Joel.

  45. Pretty cool subject, how each breath we take has an effect, not to mention, if we “read” our breath, we can feel if we are breathing for us or responding to the world around us. This certainly makes your ears prick up and although I have deeply appreciated the meditations, I have never committed to a little breathe program like what you are suggesting in this blog, I think I might just take up the challenge.

  46. As always as soon as I read the first sentence of this blog I knew who had written it… Our wonderful scribe from the West. My first reaction was… Yes humanity especially when you eat too much garlic… But then I went deeper ☺, and for me this is one of the most wonderful relationships that we can develop… There is so much we can learn feel and appreciate about our breath, its rhythm its flow its stillness and its radiance within our body.

  47. I have noticed my breath and how it is in different movements and different situations and have found it is a marker for me of how affected I am by what is around me. It is a great indicator of if I am absorbing rather than observing what is going on around me. I realise that when I absorb I am actually taking in things that can harm my body so this breathing and awareness of breath, is actually medicine that I can offer myself.

  48. How many of us take breath for granted and never even check where we are at with it. I have found that the more I can connect to my breath when I am working doing a physical task the more joy I can get out of doing that task no matter how mundane it may be.

  49. “Your breath is precious and how you choose to breathe can have a huge effect on your inner quality.” Breathing is another movement unto which we can choose to be aware of how it affects our way of being i,e racy and or stressed, by the quality of our breath in any situations. The ease in which we can simply pause and breathe for ourselves is a meditative movement and one in which we can observe and refine to greatly support our bodies and the quality of energy in which we align too and this is very important for vitality and the joy that life can be, when we choose to breathe for ourselves and not let situations burden our way of being.

  50. The Gentle Breath Meditation is so easy and accessible that some people would say that this wouldn’t work, but it is actually it’s simplicity that makes it practical and real. There is nothing as useful and really connecting then coming back to ourselves through our own breath. It’s worth it to have a try and see that it really works in every place and situation.

  51. “But it stands to reason that if our breath can be changed by our experience of the world around us, then changing our breath may well change how we experience the world.” This is a revelation and one that shows that no matter what happens to us in life we can choose how we respond to it, that is use it as an opportunity to blame others or use it as an opportunity to evolve.

  52. “but is there a difference between something that makes you feel better and something that helps you feel you?” it sounds like a simple distinction but in reality it is miles apart, one is a distraction the other is connection.

  53. I totally agree Joel with this -‘The real benefit of meditation is not how long you can sit in meditation, but the degree to which you can live that level of connection in real life.’ – The many different meditations that I have practiced have not had the longevity of what I have experienced with The Gentle Breath Meditation as taught by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine. This technique has been life changing and never have I ever felt such a quality within. So deeply powerful, practical and straight to point – connection with our Soul.

  54. I have always been amazed of how connected I am after doing this style of mediation and it only takes me a few minutes and I feel so clear. The thing that I have struggled with is actually dedicating a few minutes in my day to commit to myself in this way.

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