Christian De La Huerta
JUST KEEP BREATHING
This is a tale of two pandemics. One that requires we distance from one another in order to stop its spread. And the other that requires we unite in order to stop its spread.
But these dueling pandemics have something in common. COVID attacks our lungs, and “I can’t breathe” has become the symbol and battle cry for the now global protests against systemic oppression and injustice toward marginalized communities.
As a breathwork practitioner for 30 years, this has profound meaning for me. Breathing, of course, is what animates us and keeps us alive. It is the process by which the body refuels and recharges itself with oxygen and life-force and has tremendous healing and transformative power.
The breath is a constant, the common denominator in every type of meditation practice and in many spiritual paths. In fact, in most spiritual traditions—and several secular languages—the same word can mean breath or spirit, depending on context. In that sense, we can say that shortness of breath is a shortness of spirit. In ancient Greek, pneuma meant both breath and soul. The word pneumonia means an inflammation or infection of the lungs. Can we conclude then that as a society we are soul sick—that we have an infection of the soul?
In the United States, the country most impacted by both pandemics, we are in the midst of a dramatic reality check and wake-up call: What is our role in these extraordinary times of crisis and opportunity? How are we showing up in response to the dramatic transformation—the death/rebirth—we are witnessing? And do we truly stand for the values of liberty, equality and justice for all?
As we explore these questions together, we uncover our greatest potential—the strength of unity and a collective “Us.”
Christian is an award-winning author, respected teacher and leader in the field of self-development and personal transformation. The first of a three-part series titled Calling All Heroes, his new book, Awakening the Soul of Power, will be released in the Fall of 2020. Here is an early endorsements for his book:
“… Christian has created a blueprint for self-awareness that will make each of us a hero or heroine in the battle to not only change personally, but in the process to help the planet evolve. Another remarkable book from a remarkable man.” David Mixner, Civil Rights Activist and author of Stranger Among Friends.