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Celebrates and instructs in the healing power of breath.
Faced with unrelenting stresses from daily news, relationships, health, and financial conditions, and unsatisfied with the temporary and side-effect-riddled relief that pharmaceuticals provide, millions are finding measures of peace and positive energy through mindful breathing practices. In this book, Stanislav Grof, Neil Douglas-Klotz, Sharon G. Mijares, Sonia Gilbert, Sheldon Kramer, Ilse Middendorf, Michael Sky, Puran Bair, and other well-known experts and international workshop leaders take up a wide range of Western, Eastern, and Middle Eastern breathing practices, describing the historical development of these techniques and philosophies, and providing examples of modern practices, stories of healing, and specific exercises for application.
“…shows us what a profound tool for well-being, healing, and creativity our breath can be when used consciously … this book is highly concentrated—a lot comes through in each short chapter. It is not excessively complex or technical. It speaks to the professional and to the layperson.” — AHP Perspective
“Breathing is taken for granted in today’s busy world, yet it is vital to all sentient beings. The Revelation of the Breath approaches the topic from a variety of perspectives, all of them contributing toward an appreciation of one’s breath not only for survival but for transformation. I suspect that readers of this incredible book will never breathe in quite the same way again.” — Stanley Krippner, coeditor of Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Experience
Sharon G. Mijares is a practicing psychologist and teaches at National University and Brandman University. She is the coeditor (with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa) of Psychospiritual Clinician’s Handbook: Alternative Methods for Understanding and Treating Mental Disorders; editor of Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom: Psychological Healing Practices from the World’s Religious Traditions, and coauthor (with Aliaa Rafea, Rachel Falik, and Jenny Eda Schipper) of The Root of All Evil: An Exposition of Prejudice, Fundamentalism, and Gender Imbalance.
Table of Contents
Foreword Seyyed Ali Kianfar Shah Nazar Uwaiysi
Part I: Eastern Breathing Practices
1. Ancient and Modern Yoga: A Science of Breath, Healing, and Enlightenment Sharon G. Mijares, Ph.D.
2. Tibetan Buddhism and the Breath Michael Essex, M.D., and Timothy Laporte, M.A., with Drupon Samten Rinpoche
3. The Breath of the Tao and the Tao of Breathing Benjamin Tong, Ph.D.
4. Breathing Respect: Breath and the Martial Way of Aikido Darrell Bluhm, Shihan
Part II: Western Breathing Practices
5. Character Armoring: Walls Between Oneself and the World Vincentia Schroeter, Ph.D.
6. Birth, Rebirthing and Learning to Breathe Michael Sky
7. The Healing Potential of Holotropic Breathwork Stanislav Grof, M.D., and Kylea Taylor, MFT
8. Freediving: Learning Not to Breathe Orion Garland
9. Buteyko: A Method for Healing with the Breath Russell and Jennifer Stark
10. Breathexperience: A Somatic Science and Art of Living Juerg Roffler with Ilse Middendorf
Part III: Middle Eastern Breathing Practices
11. Jewish Mysticism: Kabbalah and the Breath Sheldon Z. Kramer, Ph.D., and Maura Richman, M.S.
12. The Holy Breath: Breath in the Cosmology and Spiritual Practice of the Aramaic Jesus Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D.
13. The Divine Vibration in the Breath—A Song of Life Sonia Gilbert
Part IV: Further Explorations of the Healing Power of the Breath
14. The Natural Breath: A Dialogue between Western Somatic and Eastern Spiritual Approaches to the Body Awareness of Breathing Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D.
15. Be Wary When You Breathe: Respecting Its Wisdom, Power, and Beauty Sharon G. Mijares, Ph.D.
16. Children Learning to Breathe: An Education for Our Future Ken Friedman