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Conscious Breathing
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IBF Newsletter June 2017

IBF Newsletter - June 2017

IBF Newsletter June 2017
IBF Newsletter - June 2017

Breath & Inspiration

Dear IBF members and readers,

With the northern hemisphere being bathed in the light of the longest days of the year and GIC2017 in Austria rapidly approaching, you may also be noticing a surge in energy. I certainly am! This can show up differently for all of us, sometimes we experience it as greater clarity or deeper love, sometimes it will draw our attention to old pains or ego parts first before the new vibration can freely flow through us and ground. Whatever your experience, we hope you know that you are celebrated and held by a community that shares a deep awe for all of life, including the seemingly opposing aspects, so beautifully represented and united in the breath, inhale and exhale.

Another way this increase in energy is noticeable is in the incredible richness and variety of our newsletter which features:
  • GIC 2017 update: environmental sustainability and calendar of musical events
  • “Feedback: a tool for development and well-being”. A Psychologies Magazine published article from Fabienne Doyen and Daniëlle De Wilde.
  • Update from the IBF Scientific and Research Group
  • Update on GIC 2018 in France
  • News from the IBF_UN group
  • "Breathing Together Rises – Do As One, Omnibreath & IBF” by Rabia Hayek
  • “Ropebreath” by Gabriella Ishara Giunta
  • "The Merkaba - Breathing in light and love” by Robin Lawley

And if you haven’t done so already, please share your thoughts about the IBF’s future direction and tell us about your needs and interests in our survey http://www.ibfnetwork.com/IBF_survey. The survey will run for only a few more days until Friday 23rd June 2017.

With love,

IBF Chairperson
GIC 2017 - Austria,  August 4-11, 2017 
Set an example for sustainability on the planet and come to GIC 2017

At GIC 2017, we want to promote IBF as an ecologically-minded organisation and to present Austria as an environmentally conscious country.

You will find containers for litter recycling in many places, so please use them accordingly during the conference week.

The bags with your welcoming package will not only have a trendy design, but are produced from recycled material by a company which employs handicapped persons to offer them a second chance on the job market.

You will receive reusable glass water bottles in your bag to avoid using plastic ones. We ask you to take your water supply from the tab in the hotels – this is high quality water, which comes from the surrounding mountains, so there are no transport costs involved in your water consumption.

Your name badge will not contain any plastic, but it will be made of arolla (Swiss) pine wood, and will offer you a nice fragrance every day.

When you give us your arrival dates, you will get detailed information about getting to the conference venue. We recommend choosing public transport (the Austrian railway gets its electricity from hyrodelectrical power stations), which is the best way to travel from an environmental point of view.

We are providing vegetarian food at the conference, as the production and consequently the consumption of meat is one of the main drivers for carbon dioxide emissions on the planet. 
The natural swimming pool of the river Schwarza is your environmentally friendliest way to bathe in fresh water.
Join us for this marvellous breathing event of the year in a beautiful natural setting and register for GIC 2017 at http://www.ibfnetwork.com/gic/2017/registration/.

Here is a list of the musical events planned for the conference:
Adventures in Rhythm and Sound
ABARGA (Bernhard Weiss and Christian Koch)
Aug 5th, 20:30

Songs About Life
Aug 6th, 20:30

Songs and Shamanic Ritual Music
SUNNA (Nicole and Klemens Robe)
Aug 7th, 20:30

Free your Soul - Feel the Spirit / Mantras and Healing Songs
Julia Pointner (and all who want to join)
Aug 8th, 20:30

Mystic Silence of Om
Claus Durstewitz
Aug 9th, 20:30

Feedback: a tool for development and well-being.

Article published in Psychologies Magazine [www.psychologies.be] May 2017 in the dossier 'Unleashing your creativity'  by:
Fabienne Doyen,
Breathworker and senior coach at BAO Group
Daniëlle De Wilde,
Senior coach at the BAO Group, Director of the BAO Elan Vital Institute,
National Coordinator and council member of the International Breathwork Foundation 

For many of us, work is much more than a source of income. It is a place for professional but also personal development. We (re)discover ourselves, we surpass ourselves, we grow, ... notably by the actions we take and the feedback that emerges.
"Feedback" is the feedback on experience, a sort of balance sheet or opinion coming out of an event.
When given in an adequate and constructive way, the positive or negative feedback that others give us about our actions will provide us with an opportunity to modify our behaviour in order to achieve our personal goals and the satisfaction of our needs at work whatever they may be: recognition, conviviality, evolution, security, quality, a sense of belonging, respect, trust, ...
Modern organisations have understood this and emphasised this practice, which is essential for the development of skills, but also for the establishment of a harmonious working climate.

The instrument of an open and authentic corporate culture

We know that genuine feedback, given with heartfelt and benevolent intentions, is a source of well-being at work.
Communicating to someone the effect of their behaviour on us requires specific skills in terms of consciousness and self-control. It is not obvious for everyone to consider colleagues as sentient beings, bearers of hopes and fears, people with the same intrinsic values despite having different hierarchical roles.
Sending a message as to what we would like the other person to change, without their taking it as a reproach, rejection or depreciation, may seem difficult. And to congratulate someone or give an honest compliment coming from the heart coherently for some of us is not easy either. On the other hand, to welcome the feedback - positive or negative - that our companions give us can prove equally complicated.
Giving and receiving feedback is an art ... and we are all artists in the making!
We feel 'comfortable' with those who work like us but, paradoxically, it is those who function differently that help us evolve the most and therefore are guarantors of our development. By sharing what we have in our heads and hearts, we can learn so much about ourselves through others. And vice versa!
But when can we take the time to talk together, to 'meta-communicate' to learn from these differences, in these times of endless haste where the mantras 'Not the right time', 'Too busy', 'Deadline' are deafening? When can we put a STOP to constantly talking about urgent things we need to do? When can we seize the opportunity to offer breathing space to set the record straight, to share what is happening in us when we face recurring and pressing problems and work together to prevent and anticipate what could be avoided?
Welfare organisations are now using professional trainers and coaches to implement timely and systematic feedback models so that open communication becomes an integral part of the corporate culture.

A feedback that saved a life!

Ian is responsible for a team of some 300 people. A few weeks ago, he shared a very personal experience during a team coaching session. He told us that three years ago, receiving feedback - and accepting it - had saved his life!
At the time, anxious to do his job perfectly and to satisfy everyone, he was on the brink of exhaustion. He was not aware of his condition, despite his troubles with sleep, digestion, constant ruminations and growing irritability. He already had a divorce behind him, and with his 3 children and his new wife (3 children too), he was living the life of a blended family (composed of 8 members) with a Dad laden with great responsibilities and traveling professionally. Gradually, his children saw him fall back into old habits that had made him lose sight of the importance of the family and social aspects of his life, yet essential to maintaining a good balance. But the machine was running and the situation at work and at home deteriorated more and more ...
It was his long-time secretary who had the courage to tell him how he was going too far and that it had a negative impact on everyone. “It was an electroshock ... and a real gift”, he said. A chance to start on a better basis, think about his behaviour and look for solutions to handle the pressure.
A sophrologist in her free hours (a "multipotentialist" like many assistants), his precious secretary had advised him to practice exercises of conscious breathing and cardiac coherence as regulators of stress. It is a very simple but very effective method, which has been popularised by David Servan Schreiber and the Heart Math Institute. David O'Hare, another expert in this field, suggests breathing 365: breathe 3 times a day, 6 breaths per minute, for 5 minutes. There are even mobile apps for training. Ian explained that the changes were apparent from the 4th day: better sleep, less eating, more relaxed ... And he is not the only one to achieve substantial results after only a few days of 15 minutes of conscious breathing!

The body as a feedback tool

Ian found the means in body exercises to regulate the pressure he felt and to avoid the negative effects of his condition, thanks to the advice of his colleague.
But our body is not only a means of attaining well-being, it is also a wonderful feedback tool. Our body, that great ally that contains our soul, our emotions, our passions, is always at our service by means of a system of permanent feedback. Through the nervous system, the brain sends information to our organs and our organs inform our brain of our emotional and physical state. If we are going in the wrong direction, multiple bodily signals send us feedback: headaches, back pains, stomach pains ... Our body is the vehicle of our intuitions: as the knot in the belly invites us to take care before we know why, or those little tinglings in the spine that tell us that we are on the right track. Kinesiologists are also well aware of this: they use muscle testing (the body's responses) to understand where their patients' difficulties lie and what route to follow to improve things.
Yes: our body speaks to us ... but who wants to hear, must listen!
One of the most important keys in connecting to the information delivered by the body is the Breath. Breath, this bridge between body, soul and spirit, is the supreme proof of the immense innate wisdom that is within us. As we go about our various occupations, we forget to consciously use the activating power of the inhale and the ability to relax the exhale, coherently and in balance, so that the heart and head are aligned. Practicing conscious breathing is the royal way to develop self-listening and feedback from our bodies.

Good news

More and more organisations are developing a feedback culture that promotes well-being at work. And even if we do not have the chance to be part of such a professional environment, the good news is that we can choose to develop our well-being ourselves through a culture of personal feedback, by sharing our feelings and expectations with our peers and by inviting them to do the same, and then by installing this culture of feedback in ourselves, just through the power of the Breath. We already know the immediate benefits of inspiring deeply, yawning freely, or sighing deeply, imagine how we can contribute to our physical, emotional and mental balance by using all these natural reflexes consciously. And imagine your impact on your colleagues, your family, your friends, who have at their side a coherent, serene partner, connected to their heart with a clear head!

IBF Scientific and Research Group

The idea of creating a working group to facilitate dialogue between the medical world and conscious breathwork communities was born in South Africa during the IBF Global Inspiration Conference 2016. This group brought together IBF members interested in the scientific basis of Breathwork. It started in autumn 2016 and has already met seven times (monthly) since last September. 

A period of reflection and open discussions made it possible to specify the scope covered by this workgroup, first called the "Medical Group". The research initiated by this group aims to meet an increasing need to provide scientific evidence in order to present all the benefits already found in Breathwork.

Renamed the “IBF Scientific and Research Group” (SciReG) in the spring of 2017, this competent team (see Member Biographies) now pursues the following aims:
  • Exploring & collating existing results from research
  • Offering scientific results to breathwork communities
    • for different audiences, e.g.:
      • IBF (individuals, professionals, organizations)
      • Schools
      • Companies
  • Setting up Breathwork as a credible mainstream modality
  • Delivering scientific validations of healings and the transformational potential of Conscious Breathwork
  • Giving credibility for Breathwork in the field of psychotherapy
  • Conducting new research  & publishing articles
To achieve these objectives, the existing team allocated tasks to be carried out by sub-working groups:
  • Communication: The goal is to define clearly what will be delivered, to whom (individuals, professionals), in what format (documents, video, graphics, etc.) and via which channels (database, social networks, breathing schools, blogs, etc.)
  • Existing Breathing techniques: We aim to explore how existing techniques can be categorized according to breathing parameters in order to better classify and understand research findings (see ‘Scope of Breathwork Pilot’ below)
  • Social & Psychological aspects: The purpose of this theme is to describe breathing patterns (habits) and give some experiences of breathing (phenomenology)
  • Research already done: The purpose here is to make a structured inventory of the research already carried out in Conscious Breathing.
This theme alone leads to many aspects that need to be detailed, of which we have already begun looking at:
  • Basic respiratory physiology: How does conscious breathing affect breathing mechanics, O2 & CO2 changes, what effects does it have on the brain?
  • Autonomic Nervous System: How does conscious breathing affect the body, parasympathetic and sympathetic systems and hormone releases?
  • Therapeutic benefits: What research evidence is there to support the benefits of conscious breathing?
Now that a structure and the road map have been defined, the time has come to communicate, to carry out actions and to solicit breathworker communities to move forward. And to welcome to those who want to join us!
Actions from the group:
  • Publication of papers (Breathing - Aligning mechanics with chemistry by Peter M. Litchfield Ph.D)
  • GIC 2017 in Austria: This privileged annual meeting will give the opportunity to share some fruits of the “IBF Scientific and Research Group”:
    • Scope of Breathwork:
      • A pilot questionnaire will be delivered during GIC 2017
    • Physiology & Experiential study:
      • A pilot study will be run during the workshops
    • Research database developed:
      • A statement of our research and the information gathered will be shared
    • Please come and talk with us!