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

547 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? Try it – think of something joyful and notice your breath, then think of something sad and feel if it changes.” Such a simple little exercise, but one that is so significant when it comes to how we are feeling and consequently how we go about our day. What a wonderful and precious gift the Gentle Breath Meditation has been and continues to be for so many people.

  2. I would agree with you Joel that we seem to breath without taking any notice of how we are breathing at all, it is so automatic. And not breathing can be very traumatic as someone who used to have panic attacks not being able to catch my breath was very scary this was the dark spiral that took me further away from myself and being able to breath. I carried a paper bag around with me wherever I went as breathing into this would bring me back.

  3. Not allowing love to flow in to us and back out is akin to holding our breath – a great stagnation that not only smells, it paralyses for it goes against our most natural breath.

  4. Our every breath offers us the opportunity to know the depth of who we are and all we are connected to as Sons of God, as such every breath offers a reflection of the degree in which we have surrendered to our Soul and live with Soulfulness.

  5. The gentle breath meditation is such a great support so easy to use, and I find it a great way to reconnect especially when I am traveling or at work.

  6. Moving on from the free Gentle Breath Meditation™ audios
    The healing modalities offered by Universal Medicine supports us to actually feel what is going on inside our bodies, so that it’s not ever about getting better but healing the ill so that the true you can emerge out of the false ideals and pictures we build our lives on. Is it possible we have built our lives on a bed of sand so there is no true foundation to stand on?

  7. The Gentle Breath Meditation is such a simple yet profound tool that supports us to stay connected to who we are. What a wonderful technique this would be to introduce as part of the national curriculum.

  8. Imagine if there was such a thing as world breath day – not as a fundraiser or charity or public holiday, just a day of awareness to ones own rhythmic breath. And imagine if everyone in the world participated… I think it would be a very very different day for many and we would all feel the impact.

  9. “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.” What a powerful observation to remember and choose in order to remain discerning and non-judgmental and thereby enabled to see the truth of what is being presented rather than being subservient to world around us.

  10. “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.” Such a profound truth that if truly explored brings a paradigm shift with one’s relationship with the world.

  11. Wow Joel, I do not think I have read this since it was first published and reading it again I am blown away with the simplicity and directness with which you show that the Gentle Breath Meditation™ may appear the same yet is vastly different; the how and why breath itself is so fundamental; and that choosing how you breath is self-empowering.

  12. Thank you Joel for reminding humanity about our breath, by being more aware of the quality of our breath this can change how we feel, how we respond to situations, to people and to ourselves. It can seem like a very minor detail but the impact is huge.

  13. Joel we need a team of you to take along to every school and share what you have shared in this blog. Imagine if when we were young we were given the tools to be all of who we are, with no reduction just the magnificence of our being shining out. The Gentle Breath™ as taught by Serge Benhayon is the baseline for breathing who we truly are. It’s totally life changing.

  14. If the difference in the quality of your breath is the key factor with living with exhaustion or not, why this basic truth not made an important fact we learn across society?

  15. There isn’t a price in this world which can give us more than what the connection from our soul does.

  16. Breathing is an involuntary action that we engage all the time in while we live. Our breath, yet, can only reflect us in a deep way. Our breath reflects where is our body and being at. Although the mechanics is shared by everybody (even if some do it through the mouth and others through the nose), the quality of our breath is a reflection of the quality of the order we have inside us. The way a dis-ordered body breaths in and out, is different from a more ordered one. This brings the issue of order to the fore and, thus, the importance of techniques that help us truly to make order inside us; an order that truly talks to our divine particles.

  17. Introducing the Gentle Breath technique to people offers them a golden opportunity to stop and start to let go of any tension in their bodies. Its a very powerful thing to do and i have found the response is always that it is deeply relaxing and calming for the body.

  18. “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” – Absolutely, and it’s untrue that we are at the ‘mercy’ of life because in fact our movements, how we breathe, walk, talk and hold ourselves is much more powerful than the external influences we are under.

  19. This blog is pure gold. I love the way and ease you write allowing the reader to ‘get’ something. I mean how often do we stop to think about our breath and how and why it changes!!! Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine have been teaching this since 1999 following from a lineage of truth and wisdom regarding the connection (or loss of connection) innately within. Definitely worth exploring more .. we are worth it ‘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.’

  20. The breath is a marker of how we are living indeed – and I notice in sessions how I am very aware of it, and the practitioner supports me to come back into my body and breath my own breath rather than in reaction to life. The Gentle Breath Meditation is an amazing bridge into supporting the breath.

  21. It is significant that we allow the outside world to alter and effect our breath without realising the impact on our body and experience our day living from emotional reactions. In choosing to breathe our own breath we are able to claim back our inner quality and know ourselves on a far deeper level which establishes a strong foundation to engage with life but not be at the mercy of it affecting us.

  22. I can remember the many moments I have not surrendered to my body and let go of my attachments and investments in life. My breath is vastly different then when compared to what it feels like when I actually do start to surrender and let go. Shows how much we actually control our breath.

  23. I still keep coming back to my breath when the going gets tough so to speak and even when it doesn’t.

  24. When I walk next to people in the supermarket/shopping centres etc I see that people are having a hard time to breathe in any way gently. This is telling us the general state of our overall health, which is not very good at all.

  25. What is breathing you if you do not breath your own breath?
    But what is it ..to breath your own breath?
    It is the breath we did as a child, very simple, just the connection within our body is felt when breathing which confirms the connection with God and to express this on earth.

  26. “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.” I feel like this needs to be emblazoned across the world as so much of us is seeking outside of us, when the true power for change remains within us.

  27. Within our reach every moment of every day… the opportunity to let go of the unease, hurt and struggle we so often carry in our days… a breath away to re-connect to a quality and quiet within us that is our natural and normal way to be.

  28. Our breath is something we are often not aware of, in terms of its quality and rhythm. This blog is an awesome reminder that the quality of our breath is highly important and it matters which quality of energy we are breathing in, is it fiery or pranic? Something I forget to check in throughout my day. This blog is an awesome reminder to breathe our own breath, I reckon if we can master this consistently it could change our life and perhaps the world too.

  29. Having tried many forms of mediation over the years, I always believed it had to be practiced for a long time and to sit cross-legged for me to experience a deep state of calm. I realised what an illusion this was because when I began practicing the Gentle Breath Meditation it was clear how simple and yet powerful these 5-10 minute meditations were.

  30. ‘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’. Beautifully said Joel.

  31. “…… is there a difference between something that makes you feel better and something that helps you feel you?…” I would say yes, there most definately is a difference. When we do something to make us feel better we have to go outside of oursleves to get it and it does not last, but when we do somehting that helps us feel ourselves, we literally get to feel it for ourseves and there can be no denying what we feel. Therefore we have a marker in our bodies that we can refer to if and when we do lose that connection with our innermost.

  32. ‘is there a difference between something that makes you feel better and something that helps you feel you’ This is key Joel as the world is filled with options to feel better but as it never lasts we become like junkies, always craving for the next feel better moments, adding more and more until we find a state in which we can say ‘i am ok now’. Only this state is infinitely fragile and dependent on everything outside of us. If we breathe our own breath and come to our our own, we will feel the ultimate full-filment.

  33. There is so much to appreciate about our bodies and how they keep working for us to the best of their abilities regardless of what we do to them and what we expect them to do for us. So something as simple as the Gentle Breath Meditation can be hugely beneficial to everyone as it offers the opportuntiy to stop and appreciate the amazingness that we all have at our fingertips.

  34. Incredible piece of wisdom shared Joel. If we hold all wisdom within, then connecting to such wisdom is the only movement to be in.

  35. I love this Joel because of how beholding you are of us, i.e. humanity. Agree, we do need to talk about our breath because it is so foundational for everything we are and do.

    1. So true Elizabeth, this is something I realise I forget to do, check and be more aware of breathing my own breath. This certainly is the foundation for everything that we do and a way to support us to express who we are, so simply yet deeply powerful.

  36. A powerful instrument to get to know your breath and feel what other breathe you have been taken in your life away from your actually breath. Very interesting exploring. And an enrichment to come back to your breath.

  37. We are so used to carrying tensions in life that it is an adjustment to live without them and when we genuinely do not have them we will often re-create them as there is a perception that life is supposed to be challenging when it truth it doesn’t need to be.

  38. I have introduced the Gentle Breath Meditation to a group of elderly people recently, and they have all been amazed at how relaxed they feel, even after a short time. The simple breathing technique is so much more than just that, as it offers us an opportunity to really stop and connect deeply with our own bodies, and consequently feel how utterley lovely this is. Something that most of us rarely do in these current times, as our lives are so ‘busy’.

    1. This is amazing Sandra and this shows so powerful it is to breathe our own breath. The effects your group felt in such a short time is incredible but can you imagine how everyone feels if we all choose to breathe our own breath and do so consistently?

      1. Absolutely Chan. When we embody the Gentle Breath and it naturally becomes the way we breath, it is remarkable as to what else changes, not only is our bodies and how we feel, but also in our lives and what goes on around us. It cannot be underestimated.

  39. I have tried many meditations over the course of my life with many leading me down winding paths in many different directions but the one path they didn’t lead me down was the one back to me. This was the difference I experienced during my first Gentle Breath Meditation. It reconnected me to me with a few gentle breaths and that felt like the most beautiful homecoming. Those first five minutes of this very simple and practical meditation were the valuable stepping stones to making some incredibly healing changes in my life.

  40. “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.” This has been my experience as well Joel, in that I have never felt so deeply connected to my body with any other ‘breathing technique’ than I have when doing the Gentle Breath Meditation. And the beautiful thing is that we can connect to it in a moment, and needs nothing other that our own willingness to make a choice to connect to our own breath.

  41. “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.” What a contrast to what we have been led to believe meditation to be about. Far from the idea of removing ourselves from life for a certain amount of time, true meditation supports us to live that level of connection we find within ourselves as much as possible.

  42. I love the playfulness in this – on such a topic that is actually life changing. Yet because our bodies will do all they can to breath and will do it whether we like it or not – do we ever really pay attention to what we are breathing in and out?

  43. Well said Joel. This is the theme that we keep coming back to in the Voice workshops… asking people to let go of the old experiences of breath meditation and to feel something that opens the door to ‘ feeling you’ as you say.

  44. “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 in my experience very much the case, when I feel overwhelmed often I am not aware of my breath. When I then do and breath consciously more gentle the overwhelm fades away.

  45. Humanity has bad breath because we spend way too much time in motion (the out-breath of God) and nowhere near enough time in Stillness (the in-breath of God). By not living in a way that honours both expressions equally (the motion and the repose), we upset the natural balance and order of things and thus create a way of life that is way out of sync with the ‘breath that breathed us forth’, i.e. the flow of life and the rhythm of the Universe. To compound this situation further the vast majority of us are not ‘breathing our own breath’ but instead are taking in great lungfulls of poison simply by absorbing other people’s emotions, problems etc. which only serves to throw the equation even more out of whack. This line bears repeating: “Most people breathe in reaction to the world.”

    1. Great comment Liane, and the Gentle Breath Medication teaches us how to breathe our true breath, without any form of reaction to the world but in deep connection to the love within us and all around us. The quality of our breath is so important, what we breathe in and breathe out affects us and the rest of humanity.

  46. It really is worth trying the Gentle Breath Meditation to see how it can change the connection we have with ourselves or even establishing one if we don’t already. I had never really taken much notice of my breath unless I was short of it, but now having been made aware of it we can turn any activity into meditation just by being aware of our gentle breath while we do it.

  47. “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.” I can vouch for this as I have been exploring this over a few years now. When I find myself being challenged, i remind myself to return to my own natural rhythm of breath. It is super simple yet I keep forgetting it as well. A loving work in progress. But one I continue as when I breathe my own breath, and not the one of a situation, I feel much more steadier and able to deal with what is in front on me.

  48. I love how you describe the preciousness of the breath, it know when I pay attention to my breath and how delicate it actually is it reminds me there’s a beauty to life so much greater than just what we can see.

      1. Yeh we tend to forget our breath is such an amazing tool that we have at our fingertips every moment of the day.

      1. So true Meg, it allows us to bring a Livingness to our lives that is extraordinary. And lets not forget the man on the moon who would also benefit from a deepening stillness that can be obtained from the “The Gentle Breath Meditation.”

  49. I love this Joel it is so cute but tackling a very important aspect of life, we settle for function rather than the preciousness of life as it could be.

    1. There is no such thing as ‘hell’ but a life lived in function without coming anywhere near the full magnitude of who we are and what we are capable of when we connect with our Soul, comes pretty close.

      1. Well said Liane and since earth is the only place in the Universe where we live less then the full magnitude of who we are and where we come from one could say we are in a kind of hell and so we need to ‘get the hell out of here’.

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