Welcome to July!
It's mid-winter and a wonderful time to bunker down and enjoy the comforts of home - a time for family, for rest, rejuvenation and contemplation in preparation for new growth in the spring. Previously, the passing of the shortest day has often left me a little betwixt & between - excited we're now heading towards summer, and reluctant to face the real winter weather. Well, I guess the confusion was an obvious hint...it's neither 'good' nor 'bad', it just is. Sometimes life is such that we require additional skills to get to a place of acceptance and peace, and to move forward with enthusiasm. This month we are bringing you some of these skills - we have a focus on breathing, and if you are in Hawkes Bay we invite you to join in the launch of the first of our book reading groups, learning and practising 'The Work' from Byron Katie's book 'Loving What Is'.
So in this newsletter we include:
The Importance of Breath
Breathe consciously. Many people breathe shallowly, thus keeping the body tight, stagnant and working harder. When you breathe slowly, deeply and consciously you can feel your body, tune into your intuition, calm your mind, relax, and help purify the blood. You also experience an increase in energy and wellbeing as the breath circulates energy around your body. Inna Segal 'Principles of Health'
....give yourself some room to breathe and notice that you automatically begin to ‘be’ that which you naturally are. Stress is only fear and fear comes when we forget who we really are. Melissa Bult Taking The Pressure Off
We must slow down and pace ourselves so we avoid the emergency mode of breathlessness and exhaustion, and the less than loving behavior that goes along with it. Sonia Choquette Breathe: Your Ticket to Fly
Most people’s overall stress levels are way too high, so much so, that your body actually physically changes your dominant breathing pattern to cope with the load. Ben Warren's 10 Secrets
So why not pay attention to your breath right now? Ask yourself from where it comes and to where it returns.....You can check in on your breathing at any time at all, since you are always being breathed now, and ponder for a moment this essential miracle of yourself...Dennis Lewis Breathe Into Being
Join Us at Our Book Club Launch
"Who would you be without your story?"
In an exciting collaboration with Carol Neilson - LifeEnergiser + Transformational Coach, we are launching the first of our Book Reading groups here in Napier, with "Loving What Is", the work of Byron Katie. Katie's work is acknowledged world wide by people like Wayne Dyer, Oprah and Eckhart Tolle..
Eckhart Tolle says, “Byron Katie’s Work is a great blessing for our planet.” Time magazine calls Katie “a spiritual innovator for the new millennium.”
Starting on the 27th July ... the reading group will be facilitated by Carol and will use 'The Work' as a gentle inquiry into life, the world and relationships. It is NOT a therapy group - more an opening to learning and practicing what we are reading with a facilitator who is familiar with 'The Work'. If you're like us sometimes it helps to have a little accountability to ensure we take the action suggested by the information! So, please book before 20 July to ensure a place in the group.
All Book Club Books will be available through us - Get our SPECIAL DEAL on this book now!
Are you an 'Idol' fan? This man had to overcome more than just a few obstacles to reach his dream...get the tissues out for this one!
Inspirational Movies Coming to Havelock North
We are pleased to be combining with Doris & Urs at Breathe to bring inspirational movies to Havelock North. Our first screening is planned for August 19th so watch our Events Calendar for more info.
More for the Mind, Body & Soul
Mike's in town! This is the last chance to book to see Mike Handcock here in Napier next Monday 11 July presenting 'Awesome Success' It is a brilliant opportunity to learn his principles of success in business and life. This guy walks the talk so BOOK NOW
What's Shona been Reading?
I recently picked up the book “Traveling At the Speed of Love” that has been sitting on my shelf for a while and I was drawn to a particular chapter (3) entitled ~ Breathe: Your Ticket to Fly ~ which is also the title of the article Sonia Choquette wrote for our web page and the topic she discusses in this youtube of breathing tips. This message comes to me at a time when I have noticed myself holding my breath/unable to breathe/and recognising the shallow breath that is not serving me so well…Time to take action and follow Sonia’s basic tips for conscious breathing. I am sure you are aware that “breath” is the basis of and the energy for your life’s journey so time for me to take this on board and place more importance on learning to breathe effectively. If you are looking for some ideas we have loads of meditational/breath CD’s on our shopping pages and local meditation groups which you can find listed on our events pages.
I have observed that without adequate breath I am in survival mode….with breath, I am in spirit and in the flow. Today, no matter what, take your time, breathe, and notice the world around you. Send us your tips via our Facebook page – we’d love to hear from you.
Other Upcoming Events
Meditations (remember to breathe ), retreats, The Mystical Heart, Abraham Hicks evenings..... Find out more on our Events Calendar.
Be sure to make time for BREATH, FUN and LAUGHTER this month and Be "inspired to question....empowered to choose"
Maree & Shona