Using Conscious Breathing Tools In Daily Life

by Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
a couple of days ago I shared an article called “Understanding The Alchemy Of Conscious Breathing”. In this piece I explained details about the conscious inner transformation process we can create for ourselves, when we are aware how to navigate our own breath. So today I would like to share some more tools how to apply breathing to your personal practice.

A highly potent energy field to work with is the essence of the Ascended Master Saint Germain. Ascended Master Saint Germanin is the chohan of the sevens divine ray – the violet ray of transformation. He is the master alchemist of the sacred inner fire, who carries the flame of the violet fire for us. This inner fire provides us with the ability to transform, transmute, elevate and shift every emotional pattern inside of us, into higher vibration and devotion to express divine purity.
When we look at the power of transformation that the inner fire of alchemy is holding for us, than it also makes sense to acknowledge how our breathing is the key to master this alchemical process. As we change layer by layer, and transform our momentary state of being into a higher vibrating version of our TRUE SELF, we manifest more and more light into our physical body and become the shining beings outside, that we always have been by soul. Use the prayers below to integrate a higher awareness in your breathing rhythm and physical body.

Master Saint Germain
In the name of the mighty victorious Presence of God, the
I AM,
Christ Consciousness within me,
I call to the beloved Master Saint Germain
and the transforming powers of the violet fire

Violet Flame Prayer
I AM a being of violet fire
I AM the purity God desires.

In general there is not “one correct way” of breathing. There are particular breathing techniques for yoga, for power walking, for swimming, a proper breathing for martial arts, a technique for taichi, playing the trumpet requires different breathing than singing does, and so on. You get my point! Anyway, here are four techniques you can give a try – in case you don’t have a favorite version jet!

#1: for practice in a private environment

  • Sit cross-legged in a quiet room or contained space.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Using your thumb, cover up your right nostril, and breathe deeply through your left nostril for a count of 6.
  • Pause for a count of 2.
  • Remove your thumb, and cover your left nostril with your forefinger, and exhale completely through your right nostril for a count of 6. Repeat 10 to 15 times.

#2: for practice in public spaces

  • Close your eyes if you feel safe to do so.
  • Inhale through your nose evenly and deeply for a count of 8.
  • Pause for a count of 3.
  • Exhale completely through your nose for a count of 8.
  • Pause for a count of 3.
  • Repeat 10 to 15 times.

#3: to help you fall asleep

  • Keeping your eyes closed, and lying flat on your back in bed, deeply inhale through your nose for a count of 6.
  • Pause for a count of 3.
  • Slowly exhale completely through your nose for a count of 6.
  • Pause for a count of 3.
  • Deeply inhale through your nose for a count of 8.
  • Pause for a count of 3.
  • Exhale completely through your nose for a count of 8.
  • Repeat steps, each time increasing the count by two until you stretch your breath out for as many counts as you can—try to get to 12! Once you’ve done this, repeat 10 times.

    #4: for deep relaxation

    For even deeper relaxation while the mind is still very active – try focusing on an affirmation during your inhales and exhales. For example you can think the word “I” on your inhale and “AM” , can, do, feel, (what ever works for your situation – be creative!!) …. on your exhale….. Keep doing that for 3-5minutes and deeper layer can open from inside.

    Once your mind has calmed down you can also switch your awareness to different body parts and their gentle, natural movement that comes with breathing in and breathing out. That will allow the awareness you are creating to sink even deeper into your daily life expressions.
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Dear Ones, I hope this steps can help you feel safe and confident in your self-guidance while we are going thru the intense waves of so many collective changes these year!! Allow your breath to take you into a profound connection with your true self and life it self these days! Keep breathing deeply and have a little faith in yourself!
Blessings an Love!
Edith

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Understanding The Alchemy Of Conscious Breathing

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by Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
the intense energetic movement that the recent New Moon in Cancer with total solar eclipse has unleashed into the awakening process of the human collective is slowly fading and we are more and more able to take in the details for what has shifted for us all individually. The perfect time to regain clarity and direction from our soul’s guidance. Quite a while ago I shared a post called awakening the Inner Alchemist in which I talked about the Ascended Master Saint Germain and the violet flame of conscious transformation, he is providing as a divine quality. This flame is the representation of our capability to change and transform our momentary state of being – into a higher vibrating version of our TRUE SELF), and this fire needs your passionate breathing to stay alive and hungry.
To be more specific: the intensity in which the fire of transformation inside you is burning – depends on your conscious understanding and conscious use of your breath. The thump rule is, the deeper we dive into studying and understanding the magical alchemy that our breath provides, the more alive blissful and inter-connected we feel in our daily life. Simply breathing in and out LIFE ITSELF.

Allow me to explain a bit more about the Alchemy of Breathing. When we decide to go thru the materialization process of becoming human beings, we are in our natural state of pure light and divine bliss. Our divine spirit than spirals down true the different layer of density, what we call dimensions, and begin to form a physical body within the body of our future mother. In co-creation of existence on Planet Earth, this physical manifestation is build from the Elementscalled the platonic solids.  And here lays the surprise and most important secret…. while we are creating our bodies, and our mothers feel matter growing… all that we feel is the stat of divinely blissful, warm water.
So WATER is the first element we materialize on the planet! And that goes further… ever if we are born and our doctor is hitting our but… we still only feel water…. UNTIL we make the first conscious decision on planet earth – to take the first deep BREATH! In the millisecond we do so, it all comes together as one. Our Breath activates our awareness of being a spiritual being expressed in a physical manifestation – our body awareness and sensory self kick in, the EARTH element is born… and that activates the FIRE of LIFE and SURVIVAL….     the same fire you use when you breath in awareness, the violet flame of transformation and ascension, into your everyday life here and now.
That is the true and infinite power of you SIMPLE BREATHING. And it all happens under the supervision of the HOLY SPIRIT within. Remember to be kind and practice self-compassion, what ever is going on!!

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Based on this bigger picture I think it is not hard to understand, that practicing conscious breathing helps improve our well being on a physical level. Which includes pain and symptom release for high blood pressure, migraines, headaches, anxiety, stress, chronic pain, depression, asthma, insomnia, nervousness, self-doubt, concentration loss, muscular tension, bad sleep, and that its a boost for the immune system. But also on a spiritual level we can boost our evolution, by connecting the dots in our mind – when we are in mindful breathing exercise.
Becoming aware of the way we breathe, helps us reconnect to our inner place of peace, in the most challenging situations of everyday life!! Such a simple, build in tool, and such a divine abundance of use for the collective awakening of humanity! So call on the Master Saint Germain and the violet flame for your next conscious step in your personal evolution! You can make it as easy as repeating the prayers below, while reading the text above over and over (make it 3, 7 or 9 or 13 repetitions)!! And try deep breathing the next time you find yourself reaching for a pain reliever, you are feeling stressed out, are depressed, have problems with your sleep or need a momentary extra boost of physical power!

Master Saint Germain
In the name of the mighty victorious Presence of God, the
I AM,
Christ Consciousness within me,
I call to the beloved Master Saint Germain
and the transforming powers of the violet fire

Violet Flame Prayer
I AM a being of violet fire
I AM the purity God desires.

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I Dear Ones, I hope that the intense energy field we are collectively experiencing these days is kind to you all and that you can tap into the profound effect of walk yourselves over the rainbow bridge of breath into a healthy future right now! Just allow your breath to guide you to a beautiful “deeper connection” with your true “higher self”!
Blessings an Love!
Edith

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Understanding Universal Context – The Sacred Geometry Of Yoga

yoga-ashtangaby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
quite a while ago I shared this article about the Alchemy of Conscious Breathing and how it leads us to the Golden Path of Ascension. The teachings of this Golden Path are for many known as the guidance of the second divine ray of the highways of sound and light in the universe, that transmits to us the I AM awareness of our golden Christ Consciousness. Many Ascended Master have walked that path and helped extending the powers of our divine abilities that way. One of this Masters from the Golden Ray, most important for our collective awakening process right now, is the Ascended Masters for World Peace “Surya”. Surya is a God from the Hindu tradition, a world teacher from our sister planet Sirius and representative of the Great Central Sun. His 12 names as Sun God of the Hindus, as the 12 names of the Sun Prayer Yoga Positions.
This is a direct indication that in the profound teachings behind the physical positions, there are 12 keys to ascending our physical body into higher levels of consciousness. When we today create this bridge from the energetic field of Master Surya to the physical expressions of Yoga, we also need to be aware of the shapes and shades of Sacred Geometry that our bodies are building during the exercise. An awareness that leads the Yoga practitioner from the performance of rigid movements, to the deeper layers and blessings of the Yoga Path.

This are two of Surya Messages:
“When the time of World Peace comes humanity will be lifted to new heights of vibration, by the conscious use of Music that is by mankind consciously brought into form.

“ The incoming vibrations, the Music of your Higher-Self, will provide some powerful healing to man’s emotional, mental and physical bodies”.Sac

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In the picture above you can see the sacred shapes of the elements, in 3dimensional form. The one below shows ancient stone balls found in Oxford, in the shape of the Sacred Geometry of the Platonic Solids, which means the knowledge about the elements is around even much longer than any Yoga tradition.

Yoga practices in essence has the sense to integrate this knowledge of the multi-dimensional shapes of our inner sacred geometry, as a method of God Realization. This happens by creating thru conscious breathing a wider space in the physical body, so it can align with our light bodies higher vibration. When we now practicing the “sun salutation” cycle on a regular base, holding the awareness of all this insides in our mind while practicing, we can connect with a profound inner strength, improve our overall health and even experience Cosmic Consciousness that way.

Ashmolean-plato-solidsHere you can see which name is relate to which physical pose, and therefor what kind of energy frequency they are creating in your physical body. Be kind to yourself and don’t expect to much! Go step by step. Start of with just one part of it all. As soon as you are fluent in this part, you can start building up by adding for example the awareness of the divine Names to the mix. When this has settled in you can go on and hum, contemplate or sing the Gayatry Mantra during your conscious breathing and physical movement.

Gayatry Mantra
AUM BHOOR BHUWAH SWAHA,
TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM
BHARGO DEVASAYA DHEEMAHI
DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODAYAT

 

THE TWELVE NAMES OF SURYA THE SUN GOD
Mitraya namah (The friend of all)
Ravaye namah (Praised by all)
Suryaya namah (The guide of all)
Bhanave namah (The bestower of beauty)
Khagaya namah (Stimulator of the senses)
Pushne namah (The nourisher of all)
Hiranyagarbhaya namah (The creator)
Marichaye namah (Destroyer of disease)
Adityaya namah (The inspirer)
Savitre namah (The purifier)
Arkaya namah (The radiant)
Bhaskaraya namah (The illuminator)

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Allow me also to remind you again of the violet flame of transformation and transmutation. The Ascended Master Saint Germain and all the other representatives of the divine violet fire. Integrating the awareness of the violet flame of transformation into the flow of our practice, will increase the impact of our work even more. Be playful, give it a try and watch your divinity unfold within you!!!

I hope this steps by step guide helps you increase the effectiveness of your Yoga practice and inner work! That your understanding and inner peace may spread into your family, friendship circle and community. And that you have fun discovering the many shades and shapes of your own characters sacred geometry!! Keep breathing and have a faith in the process!
Blessings an Love!

Edith

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Master Lemuel – Our Guidance Into Oneness With The Elements

mas + femby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
some month ago I shared in my post “The Alchemy of Conscious Breathing” how our physical body is build of spirit and the earths elements, the platonic solids. In “Awakening The Inner Alchemist in the Violet Fire of Ascension“, we talked about using the inner fire to transcend lower body emotions into higher vibrations. Over the last few days the energy fields of the Twin Flame Couple God and Goddess Meru and Mother Mary have introduced us to the magic of Lemuria‘s harmony with the elemental realms. And now the upcoming Pisces New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse invites us to understand the elements in our physical bodies, and our oneness with planet earth. While the tides and the tectonic plates are changing and turning to a new earth tune, our dance of life is changing with them.

In the realms of the Ascended Masters, it is the loving power of Lemuel that allows us to feel this inner world of the elements the deepest. As he is the guardian of Lemuria’s energy field, the wisdom of the divine blueprint of balance and harmony for our manifestation of the Golden Age of Aquarius on planet earth. If we now can forgive ourselves for all the pain we have inflicted on the planet, we can merge our physical body with our Higher Self, and reach completion. While this deeply spiritual Pisces New Moon is bringing more guidance for our collective awakening process, it is the perfect moment to train our awareness of the elements within us. Below you find material that helps you make a connection.

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CLAIMING LEMUEL’S POWERS
I recognize myself today as the power of heaven
I recognize myself today as the light of the sun
I recognize myself today in the white snow
I recognize myself today as the force of fire
I recognize myself today in the light of the lightning
I find myself today in the speed of the wind
I feel myself today in the depths of the sea
I awaken today in the safety of the earth

One of Master Lanto’s guiding messages to contemplate is:
“Out of reason only, never something truly sensible arose. From knowing alone, understanding has never arisen. Not either – or, but as well as, connect us with the true self. Reverence, devotion and love for life unite us with the forces of nature. In this connection we find all inner powers, and the answer to all our questions”.

INVOCATION OF THE ELEMENTS
Beloved beings in heaven, holy messengers of the divine realms,
send me the rays of truth and the divine protection on my way.
My beloved beings of the earth, you loving guardians of the world,
preserver of the sacred areas and the unspeakable treasures,
send me the refinement of my energies on the way.

Beloved beings of the waters, you powers of all water bodies,
bring me the chalice of flowing love and deep inner calm.

You mighty beings of the air, you riders of the four winds,
send me the sword of clear discrimination.
You loving beings of the fire, you powers of the sacred life energies,
send me the courage and the power,
to manifest the light of eternal life in this world.

You mighty forces of nature, you builder of all matter,
sacred geometries of the elements,
please work with me.fire

Dear Ones, I hope this insides about Master Lemuel’s connection with the elemental forces inside of us, has brought some clarity and reinforcement into your work with your inner fire and the other elements. May your passion burn into this world, the blueprint of what you desire to manifest for the Golden Age of Aquarius on planet earth!! May your love shine bright and be a beam of light for all of us, in this collective awakening process.
Love and Powerful New Roots!!
Edith

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Yoga Practice & The Peace Master Surya

BUDDHA_HOME_by_VISHNU108by Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
in yesterdays post about the co-operation of the current Ascended Masters for World Peace, I mentioned that Master Surya is a Teacher from our sister planet Sirius. The planet often spoken of as the Great Central Sun. Therefor, apart from his role as peaceful leader, Master Surya is in the Hindu tradition also known as one of the 108 manifestations of “The Sun God”. When we today create the bridge from the energetic field of Master Surya to the physical expression levels of Yoga, allow me more than ever to remind you of the Alchemy of Conscious Breathing! An awareness that leads the Yoga practitioner from the performance of rigid movements, to the deeper layers and blessings of the Yoga Path.
In Hindu teachings Surya is considered the only visible form of God, that can be SEEN in the abundant colors of every days life. Surya is our connection to the radiant white light of the “source of life itself”. The Buddhist belief system points out that what human beings experience of “SELF”, is flexible, moving and ever changing. Translating our divine origin into physical manifestation on planet earth, is based on the process of photosynthesis. In this, the physical bodies of human beings are no exception. This awareness gives us access to the powerful “build in tool” of consciously approaching an internal process of Alchemy, by excepting the many blessings of the sun. To practicing the “sun salutation” cycle on a regular base, will connect you with inner strength and improve your overall health. In the Hindu tradition this is widely known as the ancient system of yoga exercises called “Surya Namaskara”.
In the pictures below you can see which Mantra is relate to which pose, and therefor what kind of energy frequency they are creating in your physical body. Be kind to yourself and don’t expect to much! Go step by step. As soon as you are fluent in this part, you can start building up by adding the awareness of the divine Names to the mix. When this has settled in you can go on and hum, contemplate or sing the Gayatry Mantra during your conscious breathing and physical movement.

THE TWELVE NAMES OF SURYA THE SUN GOD
Mitraya namah (The friend of all)
Ravaye namah (Praised by all)
Suryaya namah (The guide of all)
Bhanave namah (The bestower of beauty)
Khagaya namah (Stimulator of the senses)
Pushne namah (The nourisher of all)
Hiranyagarbhaya namah (The creator)
Marichaye namah (Destroyer of disease)
Adityaya namah (The inspirer)
Savitre namah (The purifier)
Arkaya namah (The radiant)
Bhaskaraya namah (The illuminator)

Surya 1Gayatry Mantra
AUM BHOOR BHUWAH SWAHA,
TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM
BHARGO DEVASAYA DHEEMAHI
DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODAYAT

MASTER SURYA PRAYER
“O my Lord, O primeval philosopher, maintainer of the universe, O regulating principle, destination of the pure devotees, well-wisher of the progenitors of mankind, please remove the effulgence of Your transcendental rays so that I can see Your form of bliss. You are the eternal Supreme Personality of Godhead, like unto the sun, as AM I.” (Isopanishad, Verse 16)Surya 2
I wanna remind you again of the violet flame of transformation and transmutation. The Ascended Master Saint Germain and all the other representatives of the divine violet fire. Depending on what your current inner theme is, they are there to help us excess profound dimensional layer to the magical “Work in Progress”, that a spiritual practice is. We need to stay focused and work with perseverance on all the feelings that are coming up, embracing what is there, and than allow it to change…so we can move on from it!
I hope this steps by step “sunshine and bliss manifestation guide”, helps you increase the effectiveness of your Yoga practice and inner work!  That you find others to create your version of a peacefully Golden Age of Humanity. And that your peace may spread into your family, friendship circle and community. Don’t forget to keep breathing deeply whenever you feel the presence of the Master flowing thru you, like a radiant river of divine light! Keep breathing and have a little faith in the collective human population!!!
Blessings an Love!

Edith

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The Alchemy of Conscious Breathing – The Golden Path of Ascension

breby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
do you remember my post about awakening the Inner Alchemist? In this article I talked about the Ascended Master Saint Germain and the violet flame of transformation, he is providing as his divine quality. This flame is the representation of the sacred inner fire of Alchemy (our capability to change and transform our momentary state of being – into a higher vibrating version of our TRUE SELF), and this fire needs your passionate breathing to stay alive and hungry. To be more specific: the intensity in which the fire of transformation inside you is burning – depends on your conscious understanding and conscious use of your breath. And, the more profound your understanding of the Magic and Alchemy your own breath is providing, the more alive, blissful and inter-connected it makes you feel – to simply breath in and out LIFE ITSELF.

So allow me to explain a bit more about the Alchemy of Breathing. When we decide to go thru the materialization process of becoming human beings, we are in our natural state of pure light and divine bliss. Our divine spirit than spirals down true the different layer of density, what we call dimensions, and begin to form a physical body within the body of our future mother. In co-creation of existence on Planet Earth, this physical manifestation is build from the Elementscalled the platonic solids.  And here lays the surprise and most important secret…. while we are creating our bodies, and our mothers feel matter growing… all that we feel is the stat of divinely blissful, warm water. So WATER is the first element we materialize on the planet! And that goes further… ever if we are born and our doctor is hitting our but… we still only feel water…. UNTIL we make the first conscious decision on planet earth – to take the first deep BREATH! In the millisecond we do so, it all comes together as one. Our Breath activates our awareness of being a spiritual being expressed in a physical manifestation – our body awareness and sensory self kick in, the EARTH element is born… and that activates the FIRE of LIFE and SURVIVAL….     the same fire you use when you breath in awareness, the violet flame of transformation and ascension, into your everyday life here and now.
That is the true and infinite power of you SIMPLE BREATHING. And it all happens under the supervision of the HOLY SPIRIT within.

platonic-solids-and-elementsBased on this bigger picture I think it is not hard to understand, that practicing conscious breathing helps improve our well being on a physical level. Which includes pain and symptom release for high blood pressure, migraines, headaches, anxiety, stress, chronic pain, depression, asthma, insomnia, nervousness, self-doubt, concentration loss, muscular tension, bad sleep, and that its a boost for the immune system. But also on a spiritual level we can boost our evolution, by connecting the dots in our mind – when we are in mindful breathing exercise. Becoming aware of the way we breathe, helps us reconnect to our inner place of peace, in the most challenging situations of everyday life!! Such a simple, build in tool, and such a divine abundance of use for the collective awakening of humanity! So call on the Master Saint Germain and the violet flame for your next conscious step in your personal evolution! You can make it as easy as repeating the prayers below, while reading the text above over and over (make it 3, 7 or 9 or 13 repetitions)!! And try deep breathing the next time you find yourself reaching for a pain reliever, you are feeling stressed out, are depressed, have problems with your sleep or need a momentary extra boost of physical power!

Master Saint Germain
In the name of the mighty victorious Presence of God, the
I AM,
Christ Consciousness within me,
I call to the beloved Master Saint Germain
and the transforming powers of the violet fire

Violet Flame Prayer
I AM a being of violet fire
I AM the purity God desires.

IMG_0133In general there is not “one correct way” of breathing. There are particular breathing techniques for yoga, for power walking, for swimming, a proper breathing for martial arts, a technique for taichi, playing the trumpet requires different breathing than singing does, and so on. You get my point! Anyway, here are four techniques you can give a try – in case you don’t have a favorite version jet!

#1: to practice in a private environment

  • Sit cross-legged in a dark, quiet room.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Using your thumb, cover up your right nostril, and breathe deeply through your left nostril for a count of 6.
  • Pause for a count of 2.
  • Remove your thumb, and cover your left nostril with your forefinger, and exhale completely through your right nostril for a count of 6.
  • Repeat 10 to 15 times.

#2: to practice in public spaces

  • Close your eyes if you can.
  • Inhale through your nose evenly and deeply for a count of 8.
  • Pause for a count of 3.
  • Exhale completely through your nose for a count of 8.
  • Pause for a count of 3.
  • Repeat 10 to 15 times.

#3: to help you fall asleep

  • Keeping your eyes closed, and lying flat on your back in bed, deeply inhale through your nose for a count of 6.
  • Pause for a count of 3.
  • Slowly exhale completely through your nose for a count of 6.
  • Pause for a count of 3.
  • Deeply inhale through your nose for a count of 8.
  • Pause for a count of 3.
  • Exhale completely through your nose for a count of 8.
  • Repeat steps, each time increasing the count by two until you stretch your breath out for as many counts as you can—try to get to 12! Once you’ve done this, repeat 10 times.

#4: for deep relaxation

For even deeper relaxation, try focusing on an affirmation during your inhales and exhales. Think the words “I” on your inhale and “AM” , can, do, feel, (what ever works for your situation – be creative!!) …. on your exhale….. Keep doing that for 3-5minutes and deeper layer can open from inside.BreathI hope this steps help to make you feel safe and confident while going thru the intense waves of our collective changes these days!! Remember to be kind and practice self-compassion, what ever is going on!! And allow your breath to guide you to a beautiful “deeper connection” with your true “higher self”! Above as below..  Keep breathing and have a little faith in yourself!!!  Blessings an Love!
Edith

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Putting mindfulness in the curriculum

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Wow, I can’t believe how much fear people express about teaching their children a little bit of mindful awareness. It sounds like, who believes in organized religion, feels threatened by people who choose to think for themselves.  Personally I think, it would be a blessing for everyone if children get attuned to hearing their inner voice as early as possible in life. Let your children breath!!!
Blessings Edith

TREE HUGGERS: Jack Barlow and Lucy Srzich ‘breathing’ with a plant to help calm themselves.
Lucy says a ‘‘lot of people were giggling’’ when they first tried mindfulness.

Jack Barlow wonders if “neophyte” is in the classroom dictionary (it isn’t). He queries if Charles next to him knows there are more than 120 meanings for “set” (he doesn’t).
It’s thoughts like these that “race” through young Jack’s busy mind. But the 11-year-old is doing his best to concentrate as one of 20 students staring intently at a man, perched like a grasshopper, brandishing a golden stick and bowl in a classroom at Westmere Primary school in central Auckland. Legs crossed, arms folded – out of habit, not instruction – they wait for him to stir the stick. A ringing echoes; everyone inhales.

It’s not easy. Sitting completely still never is at that age. Morning tea is 20 minutes away. Yet students must concentrate on their arms, legs and “deep belly breathing.”

1416129208576 (1)“When your mind wanders,” drones instructor Grant Rix, “gently say ‘wandering’.” Then: “notice the sensations in your feet.”

Westmere Primary School has been part of the Mental Health Foundation’s (MHF) Mindfulness in Schools programme for two years. The trials, lasting eight weeks, included five other schools, four from Auckland and one in rural Southland, and the early results are promising.
Teachers kept journal entries on the progress of the 20-minute lessons and a survey three months later assessed the potential long-term impact, with researchers from Auckland University and the Auckland University of Technology studying the results.
“We found it improved students’ self-control, attentiveness, respect for other classmates and enhanced the school’s mood,” says Rix. It was beneficial for teachers too – many reported reduced stress in their personal lives.

descargaRix – the man with the golden stick and bowl – works for the MHF and has been practising mindfulness for 15 years. He developed mindfulness in schools after seeing similar trials overseas.
And the benefits were plentiful, according to Teck Wee, a teacher at another participating primary school, Te Papapa, who reported gradual change in students as the programme continued: “They were thinking more about how their own behaviour affected situations, rather than how other kids’ behaviour was affecting them.”
He recalls one troublesome student who would run, swear, fight, attack teachers and was academically two years behind.
“Mindfulness has given him some anger management strategies and cleared up his thought process. Now where he gets angry he’s not just sorry, but he talks about what he did wrong and what he will do next time.”

So why is mindfulness the latest buzzword among the US marines, rapper 50 Cent, a group of British MPs (all of whom practise mindfulness) and yoga mums alike? It’s less a buzzword, explains Rix, and more about getting rid of buzz.
It’s a tricky concept but at its simplest mindfulness is about focusing on the present. What it’s not about is only reducing stress (because then you’re striving for something). Or emptying your mind of all thoughts (they prefer you to observe your current ones). Or religion.

descarga (1)The technique draws on breathing exercises often used in meditation and Buddhism, but there the comparison ends. The aim is to be more aware of thoughts and feelings.
It sounds deceptively vague and hippie-ish but, stresses Rix, this isn’t about chanting and spirituality.
Not everyone is onside. The Ministry of Education received five formal complaints from parents at Riversdale School in the South Island after their principal proposed introducing mindfulness classes.
Katrina Casey, head of sector enablement and support at the MOE, says mindfulness shares some characteristics with Buddhism but isn’t specifically tied to the religion.
“There has been growing interest from schools in the technique. Earlier this year the Secondary Principals’ Association of New Zealand had a guest speaker talk about mindfulness at their annual conference.
“We do not advocate one behaviour management programme over another and we did not commission the Mental Health Foundation’s programme [it was funded by donations]. However, it’s not uncommon for teachers to encourage students to reflect on their behaviour.”

descarga (2)Other schools, she says, are trialling the ‘My Friends’ youth resilience programme as part of a wider, multi-agency initiative aimed at supporting student mental health and wellbeing.
“Schools have a lot of flexibility on all decisions relating to the curriculum and how they encourage good behaviour. Any school is free to introduce such a practice, if backed by its board of trustees in consultation with the school community.”
The modern mindfulness movement, says Rix, is equally informed by neuroscience and psychology.
“It’s nothing new for a secular society to adopt practices from elsewhere and then to study them scientifically, validate and integrate them into secular context.
“It’s a misconception,” he says of the complaints. “But people are entitled to their own views.”

Various district health boards across New Zealand use an eight-week mindfulness course to treat severely depressed or anxious patients. Evidence suggests mindfulness can improve people’s ability to handle stress and alleviate depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and eating disorders.
Overseas, in 2011 Jacob Piet and Esben Hougaard of Aarhus University, Denmark, published a review of the eight-week course in Clinical Psychology Review.
After six clinical trials with 593 people, they concluded mindfulness-based therapy reduced the risk of relapse for patients with at least three previous incidents of depression by 43 per cent compared to people who received regular treatment. However, there were no significant benefits for people with fewer than three major incidents.

descarga (3)It sounds a simple panacea – safe, relatively cheap, no heavy objects or pills. At times it comes close to channelling New Age waffle, but Westmere Primary’s principal, Carolyn Marino, is a firm believer in the benefits.
“There’s far more anxiety among children than when I first started teaching,” she reflects on her 20-year career. “More children have social and emotional disorders as a result of our society.
“Life isn’t as predictable as it used to be and parents are putting pressure on their children – not necessarily on purpose – but questioning if they’re working hard enough to get that job.”
Marino’s received no complaints – parents who had doubts were swayed after an information evening and now some indulge in mindfulness with their children after nightmares.
“Children live in this digital age where they are constantly being got at and don’t have enough down time to get away from that stimulus. Mindfulness gives them a strategy that helps them be a little more present.”
With so much on our minds at any given time we function regularly on autopilot. We don’t think about the physical and mental process that goes into, say, climbing a set of stairs and rightly so – we’d take forever to get anywhere.

meditateSuch mindlessness is why we often walk into a room forgetting our initial purpose or fail to remember what happened on a three hour journey. Mindfulness teaches us to be present rather than distracted by the past or projecting into the future.
So a mindfulness exercise could be having a shower. Instead of thinking about how your day was or what you need to do, simply notice what’s going on – the floor is wet, the air is steamy, the water hot and so on. Don’t judge if it’s a good or bad shower. Just notice it.
The principles and practice of “mindful leadership” are taught at Harvard; and Oxford University has its own Mindfulness Centre carrying out research into clinical and general health benefits.
Recently the World Health Organisation warned that by 2030 mental health issues will have become society’s biggest healthcare burden.
“This is going to come to a state where [mindfulness in schools] isn’t a luxury – it will have to be a necessity,” says Marino. “I worry about the mental health of our children and the society we’re moving into. The sense of risking failure is very prevalent; the need to be perfect is becoming increasingly obvious in young children.”
Eleven year old Lucy Srzich has taken such a liking for the programme that the time the CD malfunctioned, she led the class.
She was hesitant at first, and some of her friends thought the programme sounded silly. That first session, “a lot of people were giggling,” she says. But she was won over, as were her friends and parents who “researched it and then they were into it”.
Srzich continues to use mindful breathing when she is flustered or angry and needs a moment to calm down.
At the end of 20 minutes’ deep-belly breathing, Rix invites the class to share feedback. “It was just normal, yeah . . .” shrugs one student. Another is more receptive: “I feel like the square around me came out of the ground and floated in the air” he explains, to a flurry of giggles.

imagesA common theme was the light, calm, fresh and relaxed feeling most students notice. If anything, mindfulness is doing wonders for their vocabulary. One explains: “I feel relaxed and calm every time I do this. I notice if I’m feeling worried and I never notice that when I’m playing, then it just builds up until I can’t calm down.”
Another chimes in: “It feels like the world stops spinning; I feel more of the little things.”
Marino took a mindfulness course herself when she was finding her early years as a principal stressful.

“It would be great if every child could be exposed to it as a strategy they could implement into their daily lives,” she argues. “What a great time to start. We try to get kids eating healthier and exercising, setting up those behaviours early on. Young people always seem to be looking into the future or something that isn’t necessarily their reality.
“We often work with our children on anger management strategies around breathing and taking anger out on things that are non-animate – telephone books, for example. This is a nice strategy for kids who might have issues with needing to get back to a place where they can make a sensible decision before they punch somebody.”

92Rix agrees. The biggest feedback from both students and teachers is that it has become easier to identify emotions.
“They’re beginning to recognise how that manifests in their body as a physical sensation and understand what they’re feeling is going to pass. They’ve got this skill where they can drop anchor by paying attention to their breathing and just allow that anger to diffuse in a healthy way rather than lashing out.”
Next year he plans to extend the programme to intermediate schools. The final results of the study will be published early in the new year and Rix hopes they will persuade the Ministry of Education to invest.
It’s not quantitative stuff that can be measured in tests, says Marino, but it’s a building block.
“If you give kids enough exposure and skills they start to build a toolkit and that’s where I see mindfulness sitting. You’re not going to change kids overnight but you can create a shift in how they see themselves or deal with things that come into their lives.”

At the end of the course, children are encouraged to bring in something that will encourage them to practise mindfulness.
Soft toys are popular; one girl brings in a pink fluffy cushion, saying that whenever she cuddles it she practises mindful breathing.
“Others bring in mind jars they have made,” says Rix. “Sometimes a little pebble. Pieces of fruit are popular as well.”
Rix quotes a colleague who worked with a student from a difficult background who had trouble controlling his emotions.
“He was so taken with breathing with the green plants that he came and sat next to the plants I had in the chapel at the end of class, closed his eyes and observed his breathing for several more minutes.
“He asked me if he could take one to keep in his room.”

Source; http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/63216075/Putting-mindfulness-in-the-curriculums