The 52: Lesson 50 — The Way to the Light. It’s with You All the Time


butterflyblueskyWouldn’t you like to have an easy way to measure your thinking and your health? Something that travels with you like a personal physician?  What you are looking for is already there, acting  like your own private measuring device.  It is the  doctor at your side.  Through the hustles and bustles of your life, all you have to do is stop for a few seconds and get a reading. A handy-dandy guide.

Good news!  You have  it with you all the time. It has been there ever since you were born.  It travels with you through thick and thin.  It is there when you are sleeping and when you are awake.  It is one of the most powerful tools for transformation, for remembering the Light and Love within you, for placing your entire life in balance.  It cuts through stress and negative thinking.  All you have to do is remember to work with it.  And, just in case you are not inclined to spiritual or God thinking, it will never fail you.  What could it be?

It is the breath. It is what you are doing right now.  Do you ever  pay attention to it?  Are you conscious of it?  You don’t need to tie a ring around your finger to remind you of spiritual practices or aphorisms.  Your breath is there all the time, just waiting to be noticed and used to help you.

When I began The 52, I promised simple lessons that could guide you to a lighter and happier life.  As the lessons wind down, it is important to return to one that everyone can use.  Everyone!  You are breathing right now,  aren’t you?



If you can control your breath, you can control your life.

Those were the words I heard when I began studying the breath, under the guidance of medical doctors, psychologists, and a swami — all of whom had collaborated on a book called The Science of Breath.  They were renowned for their knowledge of the subject of breathing.  Nonetheless, I didn’t really believe what they said; it was too far-fetched for me then.  You may not believe me as I restate it now, but, trust me, it is a true statement.

Why is the breath so important?  For starters, if you are not breathing, you are not alive.  It is why we say things like “when he took his last breath.”  You need oxygen to live, but that is simple stuff.  We ALL know that, I think.

We yogis also believe that the subtle energy called prana is carried on the breath.  It is a profound energy source that enlivens our bodies on more than a physical level.  It streams through the thousands of nadis (numbering at anywhere from 72,000 to 350.000) and into the ever swirling chakras, the primary subtle energy centers generally associated with their locations all along the spinal column.  This energy purifies and balances us.

But this is more about how you breathe and what you associate with the breath.  When you calm your breath, you calm your body and your mind.  If the breath is shallow, fast, tense, and agitated, it reflects on your mood and health.

Here are some ideas to carry with you all the time:

  • Right now! How are you breathing?  Try to pay attention for half a minute or so.  Let the breath move into your belly, thus creating a deeper breath.  Keep it going.  Don’t pause and “hold” your breath.  Keep it going through your nose, not exhaling through the mouth.
  • Pay attention to the quality of the breath.  If it is ragged and jagged, consciously try to smooth it out. Smooth in and smooth out.
  • Imagine that every breath carries healing and light within it.  Inhale light.  Exhale darkness.
  • Think of the breath flowing through every cell of your body, cleansing, purifying, and bringing peace to all organs and tissues.
  • If you have areas of tension or pain in your body, empower your breath to heal.  Healing energy into the body, pain or anxiety flowing out as you exhale.
  • Give your breath words to accompany it.  Choose an affirmation or sounds.  “I love myself completely NOW.”  ”
    I feel peace and calm throughout my body and mind.”  You choose what you like.

Trust me.  Everyone of these practices will work, if you sincerely try.  In time, you will be able to monitor your condition simply by paying attention to the breath.  This is a simple skill that will bring great change into your life.  It doesn’t require anyone else or extensive training or a trip to the therapist.

How about it?  Isn’t it time to learn to “control your breath” and therefore, “control your life?”

With love and namaste, Deanne

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About deannemincer

Deanne Mincer has been a long time student of religious and spiritual studies. For many years, she was a practitioner of yoga and in the late 1980's she was drawn to share her enthusiasm by becoming a yoga teacher. Her certification, from the Himalayan Institute, was a comprehensive two year program including the study of anatomy, diet, nutrition, Ayurvedic medical practices, the methods of teaching hatha yoga, the science of breath and the study of raja (the royal path of yoga) philosophy. She has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual classes for more than twenty years. In the mid 1990's she became a follower of Siddha Yoga where she experienced a spiritual awakening called shaktipat and her teachings took on a new and freshly informed understanding. As Deanne continued her studies, she learned level one in Reiki and also sutdied with Henry Grayson, Ph.D. where she refined her work with muscle testing and the complex of energy healing methods Dr. Grayson has developed for use with his patients. Dr. Grayson's work is illuminated in his books, Mindful Loving and Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. Deanne teaches group and private classes in yoga as well as stress reduction programs and meditation in many forms (sitting, walking, whirling, meditation in action, and "sleeping" meditation called yoga nidra). She has developed methods of using yoga in treating those with life threatening diseases as in the programs she designed for Gilda's Club and Friends in Deed in New York City. She was a consulting producer on an alternative health program for CNBC's Alive and Wellness, and she has demonstrated yoga on network television. Deanne created the audio DC, Inner Light Yoga with Deanne Mincer and she has spoken widely and demonstrated meditation in many venues. Deanne is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher. She is known for the keen interest she takes in her students' physical and spiritual development. She stresses that each student should work at their own pace in a non-competitive and caring environment. You can read some of the comments her students have shared in the Tesimonials Section of this site. Her teaching is grounded in her own steadfast spiritual awareness - that each of us is a being of eternal light and love and that we can all come to knowing this truth for ourselves. She is eager to help guide you on this joyful path of body, mind, breath and spirit.

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  1. So True!!! Thank you for the reminder!!! Ihave used many techniques over the years and my favorite is the 4-square breath. Inhale 4, exhale 4, hold for 4 and exhale for 4, taking as long or as short as you want for the 4 count. So simple and complete. I am going to do it right now!! xoxoxo

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