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Change is in the Air


Greetings from Betsy Thomason and Karen Brown

Burr! one day. Sizzle! the next. Change is in the air, like it or not. Sometimes change happens in a split second; sometimes change is long and drawn out. 

In this issue of the OutBreath Institute Newsletter you’ll read about two fly fishermen who are committed to the BreatheOutDynamic system. 

Do you have a BODs story? Please share it with us.

After presenting a Just Breathe Out author talk in August at Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry VT, I received this email from John Morawski, one of the attendees:

I had an interesting and challenging life-happening approximately 4 hours after I attended your Just Breathe Out talk. I just got home from voting in the Vermont primary. As I walked tiredly towards the house thinking about whether to take a nap or do something else, a stick went into one of the holes in the front of my croc and stopped my foot abruptly. I took a nasty fall which I believe broke or at least severely injured my ribs. I had another fall like this a few years ago, and this time was similar, with sharp pain that made it hard to breathe. What I learned from your outbreath talk and reading Just Breathe Out helped me tremendously over the next few weeks. The pain of inhaling forced me to focus on exhaling. Just getting in and out of bed was excruciating, so breathing out as I arose or lay down was the key to less pain.

My pinwheel has become a good friend! 

Thank you so much.

Best to you,

John Morawski, Vermont Fly Fishing Guide
www.outdoorswithjohnmorawski.com

Thanks to John for the fly fishing photos.

Change is in the Air

Greetings from Betsy Thomason and Karen Brown

Burr! one day. Sizzle! the next. Change is in the air, like it or not. Sometimes change happens in a split second; sometimes change is long and drawn out. 

In this issue of the OutBreath Institute Newsletter you’ll read about two fly fishermen who are committed to the BreatheOutDynamic system. 

Do you have a BODs story? Please share it with us.

After presenting a Just Breathe Out author talk in August at Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry VT, I received this email from John Morawski, one of the attendees:

I had an interesting and challenging life-happening approximately 4 hours after I attended your Just Breathe Out talk. I just got home from voting in the Vermont primary. As I walked tiredly towards the house thinking about whether to take a nap or do something else, a stick went into one of the holes in the front of my croc and stopped my foot abruptly. I took a nasty fall which I believe broke or at least severely injured my ribs. I had another fall like this a few years ago, and this time was similar, with sharp pain that made it hard to breathe. What I learned from your outbreath talk and reading Just Breathe Out helped me tremendously over the next few weeks. The pain of inhaling forced me to focus on exhaling. Just getting in and out of bed was excruciating, so breathing out as I arose or lay down was the key to less pain.

My pinwheel has become a good friend! 

Thank you so much.

Best to you,

John Morawski, Vermont Fly Fishing Guide
www.outdoorswithjohnmorawski.com

Thanks to John for the fly fishing photos.


 

 

FLY FISHING and the BreatheOutDynamic system

John’s fly fishing story reminded me that I know another fly fisherman—my cross-country ski buddy, Gordon Larson from Spokane WA. He had learned the BreatheOutDynamic system years ago when we were skiing at Snow Mountain Ranch at 8000 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park, Granby CO. You can read Gordon’s BODs story in Just Breathe Out—Using Your Breath to Create a New, Healthier You.

 

Recently Gordon told me that he uses BODs when he’s fly fishing on his favorite rivers, including the Clark Fork in Montana. 

I use BODs everyday and everywhere, in all my activities. I can rapidly calm myself and get into a mindfulness state. This is key in fly fishing. I must observe the water and surroundings to see what might be going on with the fish and their habits. Then finally I start casting. 

Fly casting is a really fun activity that requires proper timing and observation. BODs gives me a rock solid foundation from which to do this, and to improve other stuff that I love to do, like running, biking, skiing, driving, and even going to sleep! 

At age 78, 19 years retired from my ophthalmology practice, I’m gratefully enjoying so called "retirement" to the hilt. I’m 6’1” tall and have always weighed about 160 pounds. All my physical activities, including fly fishing river trips, help me manage my insulin-dependent Type 2 diabetes. 

I’ve been fly fishing on remote rivers for several decades, searching for those mostly unseen critters. At this point in my life, actually catching the fish is rather incidental. It’s just being out in the wilds that matters.

Photo top right: Gordon and his pooch Banjo, secure and safe in their drift boat.  Photo bottom left: Clark Fork of the Columbia River in Montana.  Photo credit: johnwalkerguitars.com


LIMITED-TIME OFFERS

Just Breathe Out, the e-book version, is available at no cost—you just have to ask Betsy! Email her at betsy@justbreatheout.com and mention this offer. You’ll receive the e-book version of Just Breathe Out in your inbox. Feel free to share this offer with others. 

LOOKING for GIFTS?

Are you looking for a unique gift for the special people in your life? Consider giving Just Breathe Out, the gift that says I value your life and the quality of your life. Then you can have fun doing BODs together,

BODs SUPPORTERS

We need your help reaching people and organizations in your community.  Road trips in New England, the Eastern Seaboard, and the Midwest are on the 2019 calendar.  Help us expand our reach. Invite OutBreathe Institute to speak in your community.

 

THANKS to OUR SUPPORTERS 
for helping to promote Just Breathe Out and sharing the wisdom of the BreatheOutDynamic system.

ORGANIZATIONS

Biodynamic Book Club, Westwood, NJ

Friends of Sterling Forest, Tuxedo NY

Griswold Family Association, USA

Meadows Bee Farm, Windham VT

Neighborhood Connections, Londonderry VT

Office of Radu Kramer, MD, Oradell NJ

OPTV, public cable TV, Oradell NJ

PKRG ,public cable TV, Park Ridge NJ

Ski for Light, Minneapolis MN

Weston A. Price Foundation, Washington DC

West River Community Project, West Townshend VT

BOOKSELLERS

Bennington Bookshop, Bennington VT

Bartleby’s Books, Wilmington VT

Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction VT

Everyone’s Books, Brattleboro VT

Northshire Books, Manchester VT

 

LIBRARIES

Montvale Library, Montvale NJ

Moore Public Library, Newfane VT

Park Ridge Library, Park Ridge NJ

Rockingham Public Library, Bellows Falls VT

Wardsboro Public Library, Wardsboro VT

Wayne Public Library, Wayne NJ

 

OutBreathe Institute, LLC is registered in the state of Vermont. 

Betsy Thomason, Founder and CEO

Karen Brown, VP of Research

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The Latest from Betsy Thomason, Author,
Just Breathe Out

Newsletter Spring 2018 Vol. 2 No. 2 

Spring into Motion

It's May already and everyone’s eager for quintessential Spring days. We’re itching for a change, for movement.

Movement is a huge part of what it means to be human. Our bodies, brains, and spirits thrive on movement.

 There are many types of movement:

   
  • changing your mind

  • ebb and flow of water—puddles, lakes, streams, oceans

  • air circulation—breezes and breathing

  • physical body—walking, dancing, and breathing

  • internal organs in motion

  • heartbeat and blood flow

  • breathing

  • and yes, bowel movements

What are you doing to keep your body and mind in motion?

Do you realize that your outbreath (not your inbreath
) provides energy for all kinds of activity?  Breathing is about your outbreath, not your inbreath. That’s why the BreatheOutDynamic system—BODs—is revolutionary. It puts you in motion.

Are you ready to learn and practice BODs every day so that it becomes part of your muscle memory?

Start learning BODs with Betsy’s book Just Breathe Out—Using Your Breath to Create a New, Healthier You. Betsy offers the e-book FREELY to anyone who sends an e-mail request. Just Breathe Out is also available in paperback and iTunes/Audible formats. The National Library Service at the Library of Congress makes it available FREELY in braille and audio versions for people with vision impairments and inability to hold a book.

Here’s what Betsy Thomason and Karen Brown are doing to stay in motion:

 NEWS from Betsy

I’m on the move—from northern New Jersey to southern Vermont. I’m becoming lean and mean as I pack up my home of 32 years. I’ve been sharing lots of goodies with church rummage sales, friends, and even strangers. It is daunting to discover a ton of forgotten stuff in the back of closets. Some of it belonged to my parents and grandparents. BODs have helped me stay focused and relaxed when the wave of overwhelm hits from time to time. On the physical side, packing and lifting boxes is so much easier when I engage my belly muscles for the outbreath. My daily exercise—Body & Brain Yoga Taichi, and a walk, all combined with BODs—are keeping me confident that this uprooting of home base will transplant well in Vermont. Now after packing for a few weeks, I’m enjoying the idea of starting fresh in Vermont. I’m ready for adventure, and it’s happening in spring.
 

Contact information for OutBreath Institute remains the same.

betsy@justbreatheout.com
karen@outbreathinstitute.com
http://www.justbreatheout.com/

http://www.outbreathinstitute.com/
551-265-7561


Karen and I continue to reach out to communities of all ages who wish to learn and practice the BreatheOutDynamic system as explained in Just Breathe Out—your illustrated, how-to-breathe guidebook. While the book introduces you to this revolutionary concept, OutBreath Institute’s interactive talks, workshops, and retreats help you incorporate BODs into your daily life. Then, you can manage pain and stress, overcome anxiety and weakness, and conquer addictions—all without medication.

What are you doing to move forward in your life?

 

 NEWS from Karen

Perpetual motion describes everything in our universe, including ourselves.

As we go through life, there are times when we seem to be invincible. We go forward with gusto for life, feeling in synch with our world. Our pendulum is swinging at top speed, and life is good. I’ve been there.

But, life is cyclic, and that rapid moving forward cannot always be sustained. We all find ourselves at times in a place that’s difficult to navigate, and the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel” is very dim. That’s where I am right now with the late effects of childhood polio.

My autonomic nervous system is out of balance, and I have bouts of low blood pressure. While my doctor and I are finding the right approach to my well-being, I’m using BODs to help my emotional self get beyond my frets and fears.

Regardless of where we are in life, integrating BODs into our daily routines to keep us moving forward is a brighter, better, and healthier way. BODS maximizes our bodies’ stamina and keeps us in sync with the world. I speak from personal experience.

BODs let me put down my heavy load and gain perspective on life. BODs conserve my precious physical and emotional energy so that the light at the end of the tunnel can once again grow brighter and brighter.

No matter what life hands us, we can confidently walk through even the most difficult and fearful times with grace and empowerment. Every cycle, every swing of the pendulum, is part of our own unique life journey. Each of us can choose to navigate towards growth, happiness, and contribution. 

How are you navigating the difficult times in your life?

 

Newsletter May 2017 Vol. 1 - #1


 Greetings from Betsy Thomason

Building the OutBreathe Institute Team
 

Meet Karen Brown, retired RN medical researcher, who lives in Philadelphia with her 22-year-old cat, Hodie. She is joining me to create the OutBreath Institute team, as Coordinator of Community Outreach. Karen shares her story in Chapter Two of Just Breathe Out—Using Your Breath to Create a New, Healthier You. Here in this newsletter, she delves in even deeper, to explain why the BreatheOutDynamic system (BODs) has been so significant for her well-being.           

Meet Karen Brown, RN
Since the age of two, my reality has been in constant conflict with the rest of the world and especially with the supposed experts—everyone from school teachers to athletic coaches; even my childhood dancing instructors; and the intimidating medical community. Thank God my mother ran interference for me because she believed me, and believed in me.
 
Why did my world go crazy? Well, one day I was a healthy two-year-old. The next day I was slammed with paralytic polio that has intruded upon and dominated the rest of my life, with leg braces, splints, thirty-five surgeries, and a ventilator to help me breathe during sleep.
 
Out of this devastating turn in my young life, I’ve learned something valuable from Betsy Thomason’s book Just Breathe Out. Her message has led me out of that chaos into a serene, independent, and healthy life. That “something” is learning to honor to my body.
 
I’ve have discovered three steps to honoring my body, all related to learning the BreatheOutDynamic system (BODs), as explained in Just BreatheOut, Chapter 3:

  • First Step: You become aware of your body talking to you. The outbreath focus quiets the noise of negativity so you can listen deeply and discover your own personal truth. 
  • Second Step: You learn the meaning of different body sensations. Now you can interpret their meaning. You feel the ah ha, the excitement of self-awareness.
  • Third Step: You give voice to your body. It speaks to you in the doctor’s office, helping you educate the doctor about what’s really going on in your beautiful body.

In the past four years, I’ve been experiencing more joy, hope, and satisfaction with my life. I credit BODs with giving me a new lease on life. The active, spine-stretching outbreath has restored my stamina, cognitive function, and provided pain relief—all measures of healing.
 
As I join the OutBreath Institute team, my mission is to help others move from pain and suffering or despair and distraction to a place of personal truth and healing. Could this be you? What’s your story? What’s your vision for your future?
 
You can reach me at karen@outbreathinstitute.com.                                
Karen Brown, RN

 

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Newsletter Sept. 2017 Vol. 1 - #2

Greetings from Betsy Thomason and Karen Brown
 

Sleep

Are you getting good zzz’s?

Hidden Truths about the impact of sleep on daily life; BODs—the readily-available, non-toxic answer.

Sleep—it’s your most important daily activity. Who knew? Sleep allows your brain to interact with each of your organs and bodily systems. The brain essentially resets things so, when you wake up, everything is in sync and ready to go. 

TRUTH #3  In this 21st century culture, most of us live in overdrive.

We are all revved up, whether from nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, energy drinks, sodas, sugar in all its hidden forms, stress, or the blue light of electronic devices.

This revved up state, also called overdrive, hyperarousal, and fight-or-flight response, affects how we sleep, the quality of our sleep, and our ability to restore full function every day. So many people use pills, potions, and pillows to improve sleep but actually these can make the situation worse because they do not address the root causes.

Are you waking up feeling tired? 
While fatigue is a result of not enough quality sleep, fatigue is a symptom of a deeper, root cause.

Are you waiting for the weekend to catch up on sleep? 
Actually, there is no catching up. Daily, everyone needs 7-9 hours of quality sleep. 


Are you a shift worker with changing work schedules? 
Your circadian rhythms are disrupted, making quality sleep and restoration impossible.


Do you eat or drink alcohol two hours before bedtime? 

If so, this turns your metabolism switch back on, just when it needs to be turned off.

Do you or your children use electronic devices in the two hours prior to bedtime? 
The blue light lowers melatonin levels and disrupts the body's internal clock.


Are you stressed to the max and having difficulty maintaining a healthy weight? 
Stress and chronic low quality sleep affect your ability to detox and restore yourself. When stressed, your nervous system releases hormones that keep you in overdrive, prevent burning of fat, and increase your appetite.

TRUTH #2  Low quality sleep and pain are poor bedfellows.

An internet search indicates that existing pain can interrupt sleep, and poor quality sleep can cause pain. Drugs are not the answer for the pain or the sleeplessness. Read on to Hidden Truth #1 for the readily-available, non-toxic start to solving your issues with pain, sleep, or obesity.

TRUTH #1  The BreatheOutDynamic system—BODs—is your readily available, non-toxic answer to your pain, sleep, and obesity issues. 

Your outbreath assists your autonomic nervous system in maintaining equilibrium, allowing you to get a good night's sleep, optimizing the restoration process.

How do you access your autonomic nervous system? 
The simple answer is to focus on your outbreath. This gives you access to the parasympathetic part of your autonomic nervous system, the part that relaxes you, helps you to maintain equilibrium.

How do you learn to access the parasympathetic nervous system?
The deeper answer is found in Just Breathe Out—Using Your Breath to Create a New, Healthier You, authored by Betsy Thomason. If you need convincing that the outbreath is the answer, read Chapter 1: Inspiration from the Outbreath—BreatheOutDynamic system Stories. Learn what other people have to say.

If you already understand that the outbreath is the relaxing and powerful part of the breathing cycle, jump to Chapter 3: Learn The BreatheOutDynamic system—the Two-Step Basics.

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Newsletter Oct. 2017 Vol. 1 - #3

 Greetings from Betsy Thomason and Karen Brown

FACING ADDICTION: Fresh Start—Using Your Inner Resources

Are you having difficulty overcoming addictive behavior, or do you know someone who is? 

Did you know that the power to free yourself from addiction is built into every cell of your body? 


The standard medical approach to overcoming addictive behavior seems elusive; for instance, using one drug to overcome addiction to another. But, the truth is the power to overcome addiction is built into all of us.Accessing this inner resource requires two actions:

 1.      Commitment to changing the ingrained behavior

 2.     Learning and using the BreatheOutDynamic system.

This pathway to commitment and learning leads to freedom

 from addiction—restoring yourself to a new, healthier you.

The way our culture views addiction and lack of impulse control has been evolving over the past 20 years. Back then, the focus of addiction was on substances—alcohol, drugs, and nicotine—which cause physical dependence and a stigma of shame. 
Today, we look at addiction in a very different light. Addiction is any repetitive behavior that has a negative influence on your life. In addition to alcohol, drugs, and nicotine, addiction can include food, gambling, work, sex, computer games, social media, pornography, shopping, hoarding, and self-mutilation.
 
No matter what the behavior or its root cause, there is a non-drug road to freedom from addiction: the BreatheOutDynamic system (BODs). As explained in Just Breathe Out—Using Your Breath to Create a NewHealthier You, BODs is simple in concept, but requires commitment to practice and daily use.
 
The solution to addiction eradication lies within yourself. To get a head start, embrace, love, and respect your body. Remove anger and stop blaming your body for your addictive behavior. Your body has not “betrayed” you. In fact, your body is holding the healing answers

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