#69
October 2010

Breathe: 15 minutes of intentional breathing twice a day.

Breathe with appreciation, making no attempt to control your breath. Allow and appreciate. Notice how you feel when you're done with your 15 minutes of breathing.

Drink: 8 glasses of water a day.

Practice intentional drinking -- drink with awareness and appreciation. Taste the water, feel it going down. Enjoy.

A letter

I want to share with you this letter from a member of the Breath and Water Club. I share it with you as encouragement to continue or return to your Breath and Water practice.

Dear Jett,

I turned 70 this year, and I've been spending some time reviewing my life decade by decade. I've been looking for patterns, wondering when and how I learned the destructive ones I had for so long, and when and how I replaced them with beneficial ones.

I've noticed that after I turned 50 I began gradually to live my life on my own terms. Then during the last 10 years, the years of my 60s, I really began to feel happy for the first time in my life. It's in the last 5 years that my life really settled into a kind of constant contentment. I went from being a woman of constant sorrow to being a woman of constant joy. I'm eager to see what my 70s will bring.

Then I realized something. I've been practicing Breath and Water for 6 years, ever since you suggested it in 2004. I believe there is a direct correlation between your teachings and my increasing happiness.

I love my 15 minutes of "intentional breathing" in the morning and evening. Thanks to it, I begin my day in peace, and regardless of how intense my day is, I end it in peace. There was a point not long after I turned 60 that I thought I was growing old. I thought that my body was falling apart and that I'd be using a walker in 5 years. Then you started the Breath and Water Club. Now I walk 3 miles every day, and I have a bounce in my step. Breathing and water, such simple things, but what a blessing they have been to me. Now I'm 70 and I don't think I'll feel old for another decade at least.

This is to say thank you for everything you offer. And I'm thanking myself for taking you up on your offers.

P.S. I don't drink any coke or coffee at all any more! None. And you know how I used to survive on that stuff. I'd pop open a can of coke first thing in the morning and drink it while I was making my first pot of coffee. Now I drink water. How groovy is that?