Water Wind Earth and Fire

Water  Wind  Earth  and Fire

“With each breath taken in or expelled, one should pray mentally, by saying a word of the Our Father, or of any other prayer which is recited. This is done in such a manner that one word of the prayer is said between one breath and ...

Author: Christine Valters Paintner

Publisher: Ave Maria Press

ISBN: 9781933495507

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Organized around "The Canticle of the Creatures" by St. Francis of Assisi, Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire is the first book to consider the ways in which praying with the natural elements can enliven Christian spiritual life. Teacher, artist, and Benedictine oblate Christine Valters Paintner offers concrete suggestions and guided contemplative exercises; for instance, she suggests that readers take time to "watch the sunrise or sunset and breathe in the beauty of the fiery sky. Contemplate what those beginnings and endings have to say in your own life." Readers benefit from Paintner's extensive training in theology and Benedictine spirituality, as well as her unique work in bringing the expressive arts to spiritual direction.
Categories: Religion

The Library of Choice Literature and Encyclopedia of Universal Authorship

The Library of Choice Literature and Encyclopedia of Universal Authorship

but our expiring breath the earth , the weight of bodies on his sur . Is Freedom's breath of life ! " face will be diminished in the ratio of the square of his radius — that is , in the ratio of " They come - like autumn's leaves thoy ...

Author: Ainsworth Rand Spofford


ISBN: PRNC:32101054956857

Category: Literature

Page: 448

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Categories: Literature

The Imperial Guide to Feng Shui Chinese Astrology

The Imperial Guide to Feng Shui   Chinese Astrology

'The assertion that earth is born in branchShen and is dependently born in branchYin is based upon the respective positions of ... In the first month of spring, the vital breath of heaven descends and the vital breath of earth ascends.

Author: Thomas F Aylward

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 9781780283319

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 244

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Translated from classical Chinese texts for the first time comes this authoritative guide to two of China's most enduring ancient arts.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Spirits of Blood Spirits of Breath

Spirits of Blood  Spirits of Breath

because he did not count the earth stop, from which they started.220 In fact, there were two Blood stops (west and north) and two Breath stops (south and east). Important in all this is that the Winnebagos are a Siouxan people, that is, ...

Author: Barbara Alice Mann

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190456474

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Before invasion, Turtle Island-or North America-was home to vibrant cultures that shared long-standing philosophical precepts. The most important and wide-spread of these was the view of reality as a collaborative binary known as the Twinned Cosmos of Blood and Breath. This binary system was built on the belief that neither half of the cosmos can exist without its twin. Both halves are, therefore, necessary and good. Western anthropologists typically shorthand the Twinned Cosmos as "Sky and Earth" but this erroneously saddles it with Christian baggage and, worse, imposes a hierarchy that puts sky quite literally above earth. None of this Western ideology legitimately applies to traditional Indigenous American thought, which is about equal cooperation and the continual recreation of reality. Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath examines traditional historical concepts of spirituality among North American Indians both at and, to the extent it can be determined, before contact. In doing so, Barbara Alice Mann rescues the authentically indigenous ideas from Western, and especially missionary, interpretations. In addition to early European source material, she uses Indian oral traditions, traced as much as possible to their earliest versions and sources, and Indian records, including pictographs, petroglyphs, bark books, and wampum. Moreover, Mann respects each Indigenous culture as a discrete unit, rather than generalizing them as is often done in Western anthropology. To this end, she collates material in accordance with actual historical, linguistic, and traditional linkages among the groups at hand, with traditions clearly identified by group and, where recorded, by speaker. In this way she provides specialists and non-specialists alike a window into the purportedly lost, and often caricatured, world of Indigenous American thought.
Categories: Religion

Breath of Life

Breath of Life

By the time we become aware of the world around us, we have already been breathing since before we can remember. ... “The Eternal God formed the human [adam] of dust from the earth [adamah], and blew in its nostrils breath of life ...

Author: Rabbi Rachel Timoner

Publisher: Paraclete Press

ISBN: 9781557258991

Category: Religion

Page: 180

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This essential introduction to Judaism’s notions of spirit as they relate to God is designed to inform both Jews and Christians who are studying what it means when we say that God is spirit. Exploring the Hebrew Bible, Midrash, and other rabbinic writings, Rabbi Timoner uncovers surprising insights about how God as spirit influences Jewish ideas of creation, revelation, and redemption. Written with an accessible and engaging voice, full of stories and relevant teachings, Breath of Life speaks to lay readers and scholars alike, as it pursues a new perspective on Judaism’s sacred texts. This book promises Christian readers meaningful insights on their own notions of God as Holy Spirit while giving Jewish readers a new look at their own tradition. "In easy but deceptively profound language, Rachel Timoner deftly savors the essential unknowability of God, the ubiquity of Torah and the mystery of redemption. She’s given us an immensely literate and serious, contemporary Jewish theology. Breath of Life is a spiritual tour de force.” -Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Scholar in residence at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco, and author of many books including Kabbalah: A Love Story "Any reader keen to cultivate a robust spirituality should read this little book. Jews and Christians may discover here something to talk about—scriptures we share and a quality of God we have in common.” -John R. (Jack) Levison, author of Filled with the Spirit; Professor of New Testament, Seattle Pacific University
Categories: Religion

Vital Breath of the Dao

Vital Breath of the Dao

Please see the chart below for details: Chinese Cosmology Heaven Head Shen Spirit Visualization Regulate the heart Humanity Qi Breath Organ systems Life force Regulate the breath Earth Limbs Jing Essence Body Regulate the posture ...

Author: Zhongxian Wu

Publisher: Singing Dragon

ISBN: 9780857013422

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

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Immersing the reader in Daoist philosophy and its impact on life, this new edition of Vital Breath of the Dao by Master Zhongxian Wu is a fully illustrated guide to qigong, a way of physical and spiritual cultivation, and a way of life. The book includes the historical background, practical application, underlying principles and techniques of Daoist cultivation practices to bolster health and intensify spiritual connection to universal energy. Lineage holder Master Zhongxian Wu uses storytelling and a wealth of practical examples to introduce powerful qigong and internal alchemy methods and offers previously unseen personal stories to deepen his explanation of Daoist philosophy.
Categories: Philosophy

Secret Power of Tantric Breathing

Secret Power of Tantric Breathing

Some of these are described here: a) The nature and time of flow of the breath elements: The breath of the earth element is slow, slightly warm, makes a deep sound and has a central flow which seems to stem from the chin.

Author: Swami Sivapriyananda

Publisher: Abhinav Publications

ISBN: 9788170173403

Category: Breathing exercises

Page: 114

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The Book 'Secret Power Of Tantrik Breathing' Explores The Secrets Of Alternate Breathing. After A Short Discussion On The Physiology Of Breathing And Its Effect On The Mind And Emotions, The Book Then Goes On To Survey, On The Basis Of Authoritative Sanskrit Texts Of 'Siva-Svarodaya', How The Breath Alternates Between The Right And Left Nostrils With The Change In Mental States. It Suggests Many Practical Methods That Help In Harmonising The Two Breaths To Achieve Mental And Physical Balance. The Last Chapter Deals With Yogic And Tantrik Meditations Which Result In Good Health, Calm Mind And Controlled Emotions.
Categories: Breathing exercises

Secret Power of Tantrik Breathing

Secret Power of Tantrik Breathing

Shanmukhi mudra After the mind has become concentrated, if you see a yellow or golden square and your mouth becomes filled with a sweet taste, this is the flow of the earth element. If a white crescent appears along with an astringent ...

Author: Swami Sivapriyananda

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781594779220

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 152

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Explores the secrets and benefits of alternate nostril breathing practices • Includes breathing techniques to help overcome infertility, bad luck, and illnesses • Explains the interactions of the vital energy of breath with the chakras and energy channels (nadis) There is an intimate relationship between breathing and our emotional states. When we are nervous or excited, our breath rate increases. Conversely, if we alter our rate of breathing, we can alter our emotional state. The ancient civilization of India developed methods for changing the emotions and states of consciousness through yogic meditation and pranayama (breath control). Secret Power of Tantrik Breathing teaches the advanced pranayama system of svaraodaya, which is based on the fact that we normally breathe freely through only one nostril at a time. In a healthy person, breathing changes roughly every one and a half hours from one nostril to the other, with each nostril imparting different qualities to one’s mental and physical state. The left nostril is cool, soothing, passive, and feminine in nature; the right is warm, energizing, active, and masculine. When the breath remains in one nostril for longer than normal, mental and physical illness can result. The goal of svaraodaya is to harmonize the breath from each nostril with the life task needing to be accomplished. This book explains how to practice this breath control and how the vital energy of breath interacts with the chakras and energy channels (nadis) to create overall balance and harmony. It also includes svaraodaya breathing techniques to help overcome illnesses, infertility, and bad luck; make predictions; and attain liberation from the cycle of rebirth.
Categories: Health & Fitness

Manual of Mindfulness of Breathing

Manual of Mindfulness of Breathing

In ultimate reality, there exist in the out-breath and in-breath only these four primary elements of earth, water, fire, and wind. It is when the eye of wisdom penetrates and perceives these primary elements that one can be said to ...

Author: Ledi Sayadaw

Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society

ISBN: 9789552401947

Category: Buddhism

Page: 33

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Gives clear and simple instructions on how to develop meditation on the breath.
Categories: Buddhism

Hades or the Intermediate state of man

Hades  or  the Intermediate state of man

told so . abode in any organisation of the breath of life is it duration . ... We are not told that man became the breath of life , or became spirit , which is the same thing . ... Man was not transubstantiated : earth did not ...

Author: Henry CONSTABLE (Chaplain of the City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Chest.)


ISBN: BL:A0023492271


Page: 167

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