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Recently, I looked through previous teaching materials attempting to clear out more area for storage. I came across a 1995 issue of Austin Alternative Health Magazine. When I opened it a photo of me completely filled the front page which caused me to gasp with an OMGoddess! response. After which I thought, OK let’s see what this article (now over 20 years old) has to say.
Surprisingly, I actually “approved” of almost all of it just the way it was, as being relevant to us in THIS current age. I began to think about the eternality of life, and the deep and abiding gratitude I have for my path guiding me, and sometimes plopping me down right in the middle of this BREATH journey as both a vocation and avocation. After a number of days letting this article and the memories that were triggered sort through me, I began to have a visceral response of desire and longing to again sound the bell for Intentional Breathing practices.
Here is some of the content from that 1995 article:
All forms of awake and aware breathing are beneficial to us. We may engage in formal breathing practices for many reasons– laboring in childbirth, preparing for and running a race, singing, acting, speech giving or meditation. One big reason, and sometimes a side benefit of an intentional breathing practice, is to help remove any giant STOPS to our natural breathing rhythms, going all the way back to taking our first breath at birth. If you think about it, we have a natural range of motion in our ability to inhale and exhale oxygen, which is mandatory for our physical systems to not only survive but thrive. As I watched myself and others breathe, I wondered why we seemed to use such a small portion of that range in our day to day lives. I used to call shallow breathing “lizard” breathing and then tried to move up the scale to comfortably reach normal Great Big Human breathing.
When I became increasingly involved in assisting families during pregnancy, birthing and bonding, I realized that first impressions truly are our foundation for healthful living. Even now, as adults, we easily tend to benefit when first impressions are strong, good and healthy.
I continued to study, learn and practice many forms of conscious breathing, including Rebirthing. At the time I was in rebirthing training, being officially certified meant having the unanimous agreement of the 200 people in the training. There were seven people who received that designation. I was one of them. My journey since then has taken me through thousands of hours of intentional breathing facilitation including twelve years traveling every month to share the importance of connecting breath, birth and health. In the 90’s, I wanted to up-level my learning about excellent breathing and asked myself, who are the greatest breathers on earth? Immediately, dolphins and whales came to mind. They are air breathers like us, AND unlike us they live 24/7 in the ocean.
Soon I met someone at one of my presentations who had spent thirteen years with dolphins as a marine biologist. The next thing I know, I was invited to accompany her to observe and “meet” that pod of dolphins. As you might imagine, it was a life-changing experience and certainly the place to learn more about conscious breathing. I found myself offering several trips a year bringing people for breathing adventures inspired by the same pod of territorial dolphins. They certainly are “masters of breathing” in my book and have inspired humans throughout time. If you feel inspired also, this may be a good time to start or renew a conscious breathing practice. Here are some suggestions. Designate a slot of time, say ten minutes or more, each day if possible. Then, sit or lie down, and observe the in breath, the out breath and the pause between the two. Let that practice of noticing be your focus and return to the observation of your breath anytime you notice you were elsewhere. When the time is up simply open your heart to giving and receiving gratitude until you are ready to gently bring your attention to your day’s activities.
Rima Star, consultant, author and educator, founded Ebb and Flow Integration Therapy, a pathway of intentional breathing inspired especially by birth, aquatic mammals and numerous amazing humans. She is the founder of O3 Skincare which makes the super benefits of ozone oxygen available for daily health care. Oxygen on the inside and super oxygen on the outside is her contribution for healthful living. Learn more about her work at: Rima@RimaStar.com, 512 420-0068 and Star Rima Beth FB page.Read More
I am very excited to announce that I have posted a new blog on Natural News titled, Super Oxygen – What is it?
I would be greatful if you would take a look at the blog and share it with your family and friends!Read More
Three years ago, I began a business I humorously call putting “oxygen in a jar” for people’s health and wellness. The light bulb experience for this idea came to me when I was fully involved in running my massage, breathwork and birth school, Star Institute in 2005. At the time, a friend and student, introduced me to an ozone-oxygen system which I used to funnel O3 oxygen into a table sauna for my clients.
Further, the light bulb experience that connected me with even knowing about ozone-oxygen in the first place came from helping my mother find healthcare options in 1984, when she had cancer. Somehow,I learned there were many effective health results from the use of ozone-oxygen in Europe. I naively assumed I could find these options available in the U.S. Wrong. That is one of the first times I really realized the U.S. was not necessarily The Best in all types of healthcare.
My mother made her transition that summer one week before my second daughter Orien was born. The birth of my first daughter, Mela, my father’s passing and then my mother’s, lead me to writing The Healing Power of Birth, (1986) and very possibly saving my life.
Years later, in 2005, the health benefits of ozone, and the means to use it, appeared in my life and I was actually able to use it for myself and others. The vision that came to me was, “put this O3 oxygen into an oil (that golden jojoba you like so much will do just fine). Let people have access to this for daily, preventative skincare. My internal critic responded,” maybe one day when I happen to have an extra minute, I will!”
That moment came in 2011, when I perceived that “I had a minute.” A further part of my original vision was that launching a business selling these “oxygen in a jar” products would help to fund the publishing projects near and dear to my heart–helping to birth peace on earth through gentle, conscious birth, parenting & living.
So dear friends, colleagues, students, former students, clients, companions on this journey—in honor of my third child’s birthday–Hank Star, May 6, 1987–I”m announcing that I now know that these two projects–“oxygen in a jar” and Rima Star author,teacher, and coach– ARE the ebb & flow of my heart out into the world. Being involved in either one of them IS being involved in both. That realization brings a new level of coherence and integration into my daily life–it’s not either or, it’s both! Amazing.
In celebration of this “rebirth” I am:
Thank you for being and for all the good you share in the world.
That was the question asked of me when I was a guest in a friend’s birth class. My response, “I’ve been waiting 33 years to hear someone say that. It’s music to my ears!”Read More
A great massage story from one of my child’s first “sleepovers”–
My children grew up thinking that infant and child massage was a regular part of bedtime–a parenting skill common to all parents and families.Read More