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A Thanksgiving Gift You can be Grateful for!

‘Tis the season…to be grateful!

As the holidays roll around, many of us begin to “practice the presents” (pun intended). But in all seriousness, this is a great time to practice the Presence. The Presence is that source of all your feelings of well-being, peace and love; and there is one surefire way to be in consistent contact with it: GRATITUDE!

As my present to you this holiday, here is a powerful and fun practice to bring the most gratitude and Presence into your Thanksgiving experience:

  1. Find a comfortable place to sit or lay down
  2. Begin to breathe in and out in a circular fashion (without pausing)
  3. Allow your focus to center around the heart, as if your heart had a little mouth it was breathing in and out of.
  4. After a minute of practice, introduce the thought-seed of gratitude, and let yourself feel what sprouts from your process. Different people, places, and things that have been of great benefit in your life will begin to arise in your consciousness.
  5. As these things arise allow yourself to feel the gratitude they bring. Feed that gratitude back into your heart and let the next person, place or thing arise that you are grateful for.

Do this for 5 minutes each day (or more if you are inspired!) until Thanksgiving, and I guarantee you will have the most present and connected Thanksgiving celebration you have ever experienced!


Have You Ever Asked, “What is My Purpose?”

Have you ever wondered what is your purpose in life? What is the meaning of it all?

One of the main messages I share through my business of public speaking and spiritual coaching processes, and emotional energy work is how to find more meaning in this collective and individual experience we call “Life.”

I had a client recently ask me if I knew what the purpose of my life was, as she was seeking for her own answers. I replied, yes, I do know my purpose, and that I felt it was applicable to everyone universally.

My understanding of “purpose” or “meaning” in life is informed primarily by my 10 years of experience living the life of a monk in a spiritual order where we meditated on average of about 4 1/2 hours each day. However, in my life in the secular world since those ashram/monastery days, I have seen that this understanding works equally well whether you believe in a spiritual notion of a Creator or you do not.

I believe that the universal purpose of Life, applicable to all of us, is to evolve.

If we take a look at the definition of evolve/evolution, it states “the gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form.” My definition of evolution is “to change for the better.”

We see in the physical world the process of evolution happening over the countless eons; plants, animals and any simple life form moving through the process of genetic mutation to become more complex, or “change for the better,” i.e. adapt to the conditions of the environment to be more functional or more comfortable.

When we overlay a spiritual perspective, we see this evolution gently directed by the invisible hand of our Creator. And we see that the spiritual dimension of evolution expresses primarily through our consciousness. To “change for the better” in our consciousness means to learn to become more connected with our intuitive sensibilities; the “voice of God” within us. It means to become more compassionate, forgiving, loving for the earth and all creatures on it. It means to become more aware and aligned with the natural flow of the Universe, and to act accordingly.

As a result, when we talk about the purpose of life being to evolve, it means on all planes of existence: physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual. When you realize this and begin to act accordingly, you are in alignment with your ultimate purpose.

Now, your interest may be to understand what role you are “supposed” to be playing on this planet. For that, I think that some people are very clear and others are not so clear, or do not have any strong desires to “be” something in particular. The most worthwhile process I have found to understand what role on this planet would fit you best is to examine your passions.

Ask yourself: What am I excited about? What makes me enthusiastic? It is interesting to note that the word enthusiasm comes from the Greek roots en + theos, which in literal translation means “in God.” So when you are enthusiastic, you are “in God,” meaning you are in greater alignment with the Universal Purpose for your life.

For instance, my passions are to see others grow, and to express beauty. For those reasons, I am aligned well with roles on earth that assist others in the process of their own evolution (like a coach and holistic therapist) and roles that bring more beauty into the world (creating visual art and performing music, in my case).

If you are unclear about your passions, or have too many to count, I personally believe that it ultimately doesn’t matter what role you play on the planet as long as whatever you are doing assists you to fulfill the universal purpose stated above. This could be happening whether you are a janitor, or ditch digger, or CEO or President of the USA.

If you want to dive deeper into your passions and purpose, I recommend contacting me ( for a free exploratory conversation on how my spiritual coaching and/or energy sessions using the Transformational Breath(R) process can help you. These are powerful tools to assist you align your energy with the flow of Universal Energy, and as you float down that stream, as the song goes, “merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.”

The Emotional Balancing Power of Breath

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices

Life has its  unique stressors, from extreme traumatic events to more pervasive lifestyle considerations, such as performance anxiety.  Whether the personal challenges you face are severe or small, there is a powerful remedy available through breathwork techniques.

There is a direct relationship to the way we breathe and the emotional states we find ourselves in. When we understand that each emotion we experience has a corresponding breath pattern, we can begin to use our breathing to release negativity and trauma, and increase our alertness, peace, and general feelings of well-being.

The process offered by Breathflow Wellness is simple: accessing and harnessing the natural healing power of our innate life-force energy by utilizing specific patterns of breathing (known as the Transformational Breath®) to maximize oxygenation of the body and brain. Oxygen(O2), being our #1 energy source, creates many beneficial results when it is introduced in abundance to the body system. There are many ways to increase O2, including hyperbaric chambers, ozone therapy, supplementation, etc.; however, the easiest and most empowering method for achieving results is to put the power into the hands of the individual by teaching them to learn to breath more effectively and how to use these techniques to balance and enhance their experience of life.

Oxygenating the body and brain has a powerful effect on the nervous system and consequently the emotions. The power of Transformational Breath is that it works on the subconscious root of any stored trauma or negative issues. By practicing a particular pattern of breathing that reinforces healthy emotional responses, one can clear the held energy of past traumas, and be more effectively present to deal with new challenges as they arise.  The end result of Transformational Breath is to unlock deeper layers of our potential, which can come in the form of intuitive insight, greater creative flow, and general feelings of well-being and clarity of deeper life purpose.

Take Home

One of the greatest aspects of using breathwork for healing and thriving is that it is readily accessible to us—anytime and any place. One simply needs to find a quiet space to practice the technique of Transformational Breath for 5 to 15 or more minutes.

It is easy to learn how to do the technique and participate in the daily practice of “100 Breaths to Joy,” a 5 minute session that can be done at a time most convenient to you. There is also the possibility of doing a longer session on your own after the technique is mastered and old habits of dysfunctional breathing become more apparent and easier to release.  It is recommended to have a number of facilitated sessions before this is attempted, so that you don’t fall back into old dysfunctional patterns before you have fully anchored in the pattern of healthy, deep, circular breathing.

For more information on Transformational Breath, visit

Personal Empowerment

Nothing like taking the initiative to delete the game app “Candy Crush” off my smart phone. A definite feeling of empowerment as I hit the uninstall button and watched the powerful time-suck evaporate from my life!

Connecting with the Universe

This came thorugh a friend who follws emails called “Daily OM” (sorry I don’t have a link to it). This one is from January 16, 2013> I thought it was fitting for soemone focused on the breath as our primary tool for self-transformation:

Opening a Closed Connection

Consciously Reconnecting

by Madisyn Taylor

If you feel abandoned or cut off from Spirit, know that it is always there for you waiting for you to plug back in.

There may be times when we feel like our connection to the universe is closed. Maybe things don’t seem to be going well in our day, or our lives, or we may feel out of our element. The truth is, the universe is always there for us. We know that we create our experience with our thoughts, and this is another way we need to make a conscious decision about how we want to experience life. It is up to us to do the work of making the connection, because nobody can do it for us, though sometimes the universe may send us wake-up calls.

You can think of it as getting some fresh air. We are always breathing and the air is always around us, surrounding us, moving through us. But we may need to step outside of where we are in the moment—physically, mentally, or emotionally—and make the conscious choice to take a deep breath in order to feel the air coming in and going out. Whether this means stepping outside physically or merely shifting our thoughts, it is only our perception that changes; the air remains the same.

It is just as easy to reconnect with the universe. Using the same technique as a breath of fresh air, a deep breath can bring us back to our center. As we inhale, we fill our bodies with the oxygen needed to replenish our most basic physical needs, allowing the air to circulate within us. Exhaling, we release the stale, the used, the potentially toxic air, removing any blocks that may keep us from going deeper into the stillness that lies at our center where we connect to the universe. Feeling closed off does not need to be a negative experience. When we become conscious of it, we can think of the wholeness of a closed circuit, which allows electricity to connect and flow properly. Our bodies work the same way, and when we make that connection in our minds, it can help bring us back to the connection we seek.

The Story of the Virgin of Guadalupe on 12/12/12

On 12-12-12 I attended a celebration in Encinitas, CA at Cafe Ipe, the site where the now-famous “Surfing Madonna” mosaic now resides after being removed from its original site under the train bridge on Encinitas Blvd.

The Surfing Madonna, for those who still do not know, is an artistic glass mosaic representation of the Virgin of Guadalupe riding a surfboard and delivering the message to “save the ocean.” She came to us through Mark Patterson, artist and Encinitas resident (and personal friend, though I was surprised myself when I found out it was him who had created this powerful and controversial image!).

The celebration was happening to promote and raise funds for the activities that have sprung up as a result of the popularity of the image and her message. This movement is dedicated to saving the ocean, and I encourage you to find out more.

But why was this all happening on 12/12/12, when so much else was going on to commemorate the supposed auspiciousness of the date? Well it turns out I learned something about the original Virgin of Guadalupe (the one who wasn’t on a surfboard)…

Here is the story as told to me by Mark Patterson (another account can be found on Wikipedia):

In the region around Mexico City, on December 10 many years ago, the Virgin Mary appeared to a common peasant. He went to the religious official to tell him of this miraculous apparition  but he was greeted only with disdain and was laughed out of the church. Dejected, he went home. He was beside himself and cried to the Virgin as to what to do. She returned to him on December 12 (12/12) and said, “Return to the priest and tell him you have seen me again. when he responds open your cloak wide and he will believe you.”

The peasant did not know how this would be possible, but armed with his faith he returned to the church. When the priest saw him he shouted, “You again what do you want?” The peasant replied, “I have seen the Virgin again.”

“Why should I believe you this time?” scoffed the priest. As directed by the Virgin, the peasant opened his cloak and out fell hundreds of red roses. Being the middle of December it was not the season for roses to be growing. The priest recognized the verity of the peasants story and brought the miracle of the Virgin of Guadalupe to the attention of all the land.

So goes the story from many years ago, plus or minus a few details. A story born again last night for me… But the story doesn’t end there, because the Virgin has returned, this time to Encinitas. And this time riding a surfboard. No less controversial in Her apparition, and has the potential to be no less miraculous if we but heed her message…

“Save the Ocean”

The Significance of 12-12-12

Happy 12/12/12! One of those crazy dates that supposedly has some significance. And soon approaching is 12/21/12, the end of the Mayan calendar. What is its importance…?

I come from a very spiritual background, having been a monk for 10 years and a Transformational Breath Trainer for 6, going on 7. As a spiritual straight shooter, my bottom line is this: the significance or importance of ANY date is really how you make it significant for YOURSELF.

These dates offer us a chance to bring some importance on a collective level, but all of that begins with the individual. If you are frenetically engaged in life-in-the-fast-lane-as-usual 12/12/12/ or 12/21/12 or any date for that matter will pass you by just like all the rest: trying to catch up, trying to keep up with the Jones’, trying to earn that next dollar, trying to make everyone happy…and the day will end just like all the others: incomplete, frustrated, exhausted.

Whether spiritually you believe these dates are significant in some way or not, I encourage you to embrace the opportunity to make them significant to you. How? Make time in your day to consciously let go of distractions, obligations, effort, frustration, grudges, resentment, etc. (This is different from “taking time out of your day,” which rarely if ever happens!)  Find a quiet space where you can dive into your own being for 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 1 hour…however long you reasonably can.  (Note:  feeling guilty or stressed about the things you are letting go of for a few minutes is the wrong application of “reason”!).

In that conscious space, practice gentle, conscious breathing, such as the Transformational Breath(r) technique. Allow yourself to tune in to the inner wonder of your being and see how the external world is merely a holographic image of what is going on inside you. Open to the wonder of your being and let yourself receive whatever is available. You may receive a powerful insight…you may experience a sense of deep connection…or simply feel peace, or being completely present to the fullness of your life…you may find yourself in a flood of thoughts of everything you still have to do (in that case, we need to do some work together) — but notice that you are floating, not drowning. Whatever your experience, receive it in a spirit of gratitude, and honor it as part of your ever-evolving experience of life.

Then you will know the significance of 12/12/12.