Breathing Into Peace

by Leslie Sann

I keep trying to catch up with my breath while my breath patiently waits for me to slow down.
~ Martha Ringer

Conscious breathing is a powerful, soothing influence. We use the breath to call ourselves present into peace. Calming down is one of the most, if not the most, important skill we can learn. This is the reason I am about to complete the soon to be published book, Calm Down Lift UP, and have created the companion Calm Down Lift UP online learning program.

One reason I love teaching BreathWork is because it is an expedient way to calm down. From “calm” we have access to the well of our being, filled with tools and resources. We don’t have to figure out anything before we get to the moment. We can trust, in every moment, that everything we need is available.

Using breath to calm is a graceful and easy process for getting out of our head and into our lives. From this place you have access to creative resources beyond your mind’s ability to imagine. Inspiration reveals itself. Innovation and invention are birthed. Problems are seen as possibilities and you design actions to bring them into reality.

You can breathe yourself into peace.

You can do it right now.


  • Observe the breath.
  • Listen to the sound as the air moves in and out.
  • Let the sound be a calming influence.
  • I n h a l e  into your belly.
  • Let the breath expand up into your upper chest.
  • Release the breath — and then i n h a l e.
  • That’s it.
  • Feel the pleasure of your lungs expanding and contracting.
  • Let the pleasure and the sound relax you even more.
  • You got it.
  • Notice the quiet in between the sounds — let the quiet expand.
  • AHH.
  • Better – yes?
  • Calming down, coming present into “now.”
  • Life happens.
  • Now what?
  • B r e a t h e.

We are more creative when we are calmly focused on what is possible. We are always in the middle of life happening. It serves us to calm down, so we can meet “what is,” with creativity and power.