Breathing is not something that we ever need to do we need only allow it to happen inside us. The breath is never ‘my breath’ it does not belong to us. It is in some way greater than us, and it brings us life.
This is a conviction that has slowly grown on the author through almost forty years of practising body prayer and meditation. Breathing meditation brings diverse benefits. It will help you to relax and to sleep better. It will also help you cope better with stress and tiredness. Through it you will learn to pray in more holistic ways; you will move towards your spiritual centre and become more open to God’s call to friendship and intimacy. As well as offering a series of exercises in deepening your skills in breathing, this book covers the constructive use of breathing in movement, healing, stillness and general well being.
About the Author
Louis Hughes was born in Dublin in 1942. He obtained a Physics degree from University College in 1963 before joining the Dominican Order, with whom he studied in Tallaght and Rome (Licentiate in Theology from the Angelicum, 1971). He was based at St Charles’ Seminary, Nagpur in India, 1972-1978, lecturing in theology and philosophy. He also began the practice and study of yoga, integrating Indian techniques for body training, breathing and centering with Christian meditation. Since returning to Ireland he has taught body-mind spirituality. He has also researched and lectured extensively in New Religious Movements, particularly those of Indian origin.