As a friend of mine said, it’s September, the time when all good studying begins. So if these autumn days cause an inclination to study, you'll find plenty to ponder in this review of the last four years of the Breath and Water Club. Yup, in December we will have been studying and practicing together for four years. Wow.
But before you go there, I want to share something with you.
I've spoken with two couples, one a husband and wife, and one a wife and wife. They each, independently from me and from each other, came to a similar decision. From now on, whenever they feel like picking a fight, or complaining about the other, or wanting the other to change, or feeling under-appreciated, or any of the disturbances we can bring to our relationships, they have agreed to try something different. From now on, whenever a disturbance arises, regardless of its origins, both members of the couple will take the time to tend to their internal environment.
For example, if Pink is feeling grumpy with Green, she may tend to her internal environment before she even says anything. If Green feels like Pink is trying to pick a fight, rather than engaging in the fight, or attempting to forestall it, or pointing out to Pink the error of her ways, Green will retreat and tend to her own internal environment. Whenever they find themselves at odds, they have agreed to pause and each tend to their own internal environment.
Results so far are encouraging.
Enjoy studying from the archives of the Breath and Water Club!
THE BASIC PRACTICE:
15 minutes of intentional breathing twice a day. Intentional breathing means breathe with awareness – no effort, no rules, no shoulds. Just enjoy your breath.
8 glasses of water a day.
Get a good night's sleep every night until the next newsletter.
Practice intentional eating for one meal a day.
DEEPEN YOUR BREATHING PRACTICE
Breathe for 30 minutes, focusing on the air in your nostrils.
During your breathing time and during your day, practice filling yourself with the energy of gratitude.
IMBUE AND IMBIBE
Practice intentional eating.
LET IT BE
Just breathe. No effort.
GENEROSITY, THE MANIFESTATION OF GRATITUDE
Practice generosity of body, mind, and spirit.
I WILL DIE
Know you will die. All else is mystery.
I DON'T KNOW
Recognize what you think you know so that you can stay with the truth of what you do know.
Open up to your birthright.
Other things to practice and think about:
Hug Your Heart
5, 5, 5 –
Open Your Chest
The Breath of Wonder (#)
Move From Your Center
Become a Master of Perspective
Hurry Hurry, Worry Worry
Count Your Blessings
Practice What I Preach
Hitch Itch, Dry Eyes
There is a Field
Don’t Bother Me
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