Monthly Topic: The Breath
By Stephanie Kristal
This section will offer a monthly topic related to nourishing
and nurturing our inner life. Featured each week of that month
will be simple yet universal meditations, inspirations or practices
drawing upon different traditions, religions and paths that you
can apply on a daily basis.
universal theology is impossible, but a universal experience is
not only possible, it is necessary.” --Course In Miracles
In many languages, the same word for “breath, air and wind” is
used as well for “vital energy, spirit, soul and life.” The animating
principle of life is referred to in the Hebrew Bible in the Book
of Genesis as “neshemet ruach chayim” and in many Eastern traditions
as “ki, chi, prana” translating to “the spirit of life within the
The breath is a universal experience and language of the soul.
Focusing on the breath is to focus on the life force itself. It
is a practice that reawakens us to our true nature as unique expressions
of radiant energy and to our deep interconnection with the life
force energy that exists within all other beings, in nature and
within “all that is”. As we breathe, we draw from the vast reservoir
of energy all around us and we are reminded of our relationship
When you wake up in the morning, before beginning the activity
of the day, take 3-5 minutes to breathe deeply without struggle
or strain. Feel the breath like a slow ocean wave flowing in,
As you inhale, draw from the universal reservoir of energy and
as you do so, tune into the “spirit of life within the breath”.
Feel vital life force energy flowing through you, “breathing you,”
Notice how you are a unique expression of this radiant energy.
As you exhale, deeply relax. Feel yourself releasing, letting
go, returning to the
Source - the universal source of energy – like a wave that arises
from and then dissolves back into the sea.
Feel the peace that fills you as you experience the vibrancy and
wholeness of your being and your deep interconnection with the
vital life force energy all around you of which you are a part.
Let this practice open the doorway of your Soul and set the tone
and pace for your day.
Stephanie Kristal, M.A. is a Hypnotherapist and Integrative
Yoga Therapist with a private practice working with individuals
and couples in Woodstock and Kingston, New York.