Peaceful Breathing

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A method for deep, conscious, harmonized breathing  

In my experience, peaceful breathing is the most effective method of clearing out the past and accessing the deepest levels of our being. Why? Because breath and spirit are intricately — and inextricably — connected. Our emotional history is connected to our breath. Our consciousness expands with each breath, and our bodies are recharged by it. In short, breath is a gateway to our full, divine life. Peaceful breathing can dissolve old traumas, bring us into a state of love, and open the gateway of our creativity.
— Masami Saionji

Breath is an indispensable part of life. When we breathe, we take in fresh oxygen that our cells need and breathe out carbon dioxide so it does not become too concentrated in our blood. In the same way, we can also use the breath to refresh and replenish our spirit and soul.

The peaceful breathing approach introduced by Byakko combines deep, harmonized breathing with positive words and phrases. The practice may require some effort at first, but over time we can make conscious, peaceful breathing our daily habit.

How to practice Peaceful Breathing

1. Inhale deeply through the nose, while mentally reciting the words:
I am a divine being.
(If you wish, you can use the Japanese phrase Ware Soku Kami Nari.)

2. Hold your breath for a few seconds (no longer than is comfortable for you) and focus on a positive thought, or a goal that you want to accomplish. Some examples are:
It’s absolutely all right!
I can definitely do it!
I am completely at peace!
Everything is sure to get better!
Accomplished!

3. Exhale slowly, mentally reciting the words:
All humanity is divine.
(If you wish, you can use the Japanese phrase Jinrui Soku Kami Nari.)

We invite you to try this simple yet powerful way of attuning yourself with your true divine nature and infinite life energy. Use this breathing technique as many times as you wish at any time during the day, making it a regular practice for yourself. Share it with your friends and loved ones. Feel free to use the phrases above and to adapt them as needed.

Note: A modified version of the Peaceful Breathing technique is introduced in Masami Saionji’s book Think Something Wonderful and on the accompanying website.