One Breath Chicago promotes a new way of living that's meant to slow us down to listen ~
It's intended to awaken our consciousness to the power we each hold to heal ourselves and make our communities and our humanity better through self-care.
It is meant to generate a movement of people who utilize conscious breathing as a source for a healthy and more balanced way of living.
Chicago is a resilient city filled with resilient people. It's smart business when we stand TOGETHER in the face of adversity to attack big problems. COVID-19 is one of those things that our generation has never seen and it means we must have a coordinated and united approach to how we solve our problems to help each other heal.
Another one of those big problems we're facing is the fight for justice and racial equity. One Breath Chicago - can help to lead the way in how we care for ourselves by using our breath; but it can also lead us forward in how we affirm humanity. The care that we offer to others through the breath is the spirit of Ubuntu-which speaks of togetherness and a caring for our neighbors, strangers and those who don't look like us. We believe that a concerted effort to engage the breath by all Chicagoans will go a long way towards healing and making this city a greater place for all to thrive in; because it's our compassion for self that enables that kindness and care towards each other. We all deserve to experience sound mental and emotional health and the One Breath Chicago Campaign is intended to help us get there.
One Breath Chicago is Resilience for our city - It's an opportunity for us to heal together. We may not be able to individually change the world or the nation; but in Chicago we can lead the way using billboards, signage, artwork, workshops and messaging that infuses a new and positive ray of hope to those around us. It is through the conscious vehicle of our breath we will break through the noise happening around us, allowing us to shift the narrative to transform our physical, mental, and emotional, state and lead to greater health and more harmonious living. One Breath Chicago is indeed resilience for our city, allowing us to calmly lead through conscious action.
Go ahead - Lead the way! Share this practice with others and let's all heal together by consciously breathing daily at 3PM.
1. Inhale deeply & hold...
2. Inhale deeply & hold...
3. Inhale deeply once more - hold...
You are free to repeat these steps multiple times throughout your day but we simply want to make sure you are checking in with self; becoming aware of your state of mind and heart. Breathing flips the switch on our troubled nervous system. It can take us from feeling anxious, stressed, angry and traumatized to a calm, relaxed state and offer us more harmonious living.
I got around to talking to Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Marah Languedoc, who is a Therapist/Mental Health Clinician by education. I asked her a few questions about what to expect and how to cope as we experience loss, being daily quarantined, and its impact on our mental health. Languedoc works and have worked with individuals with chronic mental illnesses; essentially helping them improve their lives, develop better cognitive and emotional skills, reduce symptoms of mental illness and cope with various life challenges. While many of us may or have never experienced mental health concerns, it's possible that COVID-19 could impact us in some way due to its nature of isolation and distancing from the people we love. Here is what Languedoc had to say:
Q: As our world shifts, taking its toll on all of us, why does a focus on mental health matter?
A: Absolutely! This is a complete change in society. Our normal is no longer normal. This pandemic has caused an overwhelming amount of stress, anxiety and fear and even feelings of powerlessness for many people. This significantly influences our quality of life and therefore addressing and managing our mental health during this time is even more important. Mental health is essential to personal well-being.
Q: Is the concept of deep breathing a practical aid in helping us cope with symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, anger or even help us cope with loss?
A: I once read that “the process of breathing is the essence of being.” Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the nervous system which assists in getting to that calm state. It’s truly one of the best ways to lower stress in the body and help us cope with the anxiety, anger and so forth.
Q: As a Practioner and Counselor, what is your best advise to your patients or a general appeal to Chicago residents?
A: As a practitioner, my advice to my clients and the Chicago residents is to not neglect your mental health. It is ok to not be ok. Get active if you can, utilize resources, and don’t be afraid to seek counseling when you need that extra support. Your mental health is important.
Q: Some people will want to go beyond just breathing and will need to talk to a professional. What are some recommendations for spaces that nurture clinical and holistic health in Chicago?
A: I am a huge advocate for therapy. There are many options to meet your needs. I know that not everyone may be able to make it to an office or want to go to an office. Tele-therapy is a great alternative. It provides therapy through live video connect, through your computer, your phone. Through every day technology. There’s also call therapy. You can speak with a licensed therapist over the phone.
" It is ok to not be ok"
A whole community can be impacted by engaging in the simple, yet effective act of deep breathing. We can transform our daily living through promotion and activation of breathing as a natural response to treating our traumas and calming strife, fear, and anxiety.
The One Breath Chicago Team
Doing great work is enhanced when a community of invested partners collaborate; bringing fresh insight and strategic perspectives to a project. The Breathe Chicago Initiative is one of those projects that benefit from such partnerships as we see value to a collective of ideas and services coming together under one umbrella to ensure that our city is on the path to healing, breathing and being well.
Light of Loving Kindness is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, whose divine purpose is to promote Hope, Health, Healing, & Wholeness through hands-on workshops, resiliency services, and education as it relates to the scientifically proven benefits of integrative holistic solutions and mindfulness-based interventions (MBI).
Light of Loving Kindness is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, whose divine purpose is to promote Hope, Health, Healing, & Wholeness through hands-on workshops, resiliency services, and education as it relates to the scientifically proven benefits of integrative holistic solutions and mindfulness-based interventions (MBI). for your wellness needs.
We serve people from all walks of life. There are no exclusions to those seeking Hope, Health, Healing & Wholeness of mind, body, soul, & spirit.
Learn more @: www.lightoflovingkindness.org
The Utopia Connect Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) public organization that aligns people, purpose, and passion in order to create unique communities where people are “Well”, and everyone is “Adding Value”.
We connect people to opportunities within Chicago and we engage the whole community by catalyzing people to become their best selves.
Our ultimate goal is to help shape a city that is safe, clean, resourceful, and progressive.
Learn more @: www.utopiaconnectfoundation.org
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Christine Lustik, Mindfulness teacher and owner of Mindfulness in Organizations, LLC promotes the practice of mindful breathing and speaks of it here as a grounding technique. Lustik says, "The One Breath Chicago campaign has the opportunity to fully change for the better, how everyone interacts with and works with each other. Resilience does not mean there aren’t hard times, but it means we come out of them stronger and more connected. The One Breath initiative is a great way to connect all residents of Chicago and teach them all a tool they can use as often as they need to do so to help each person be a little less reactionary and a little more purposeful about finding a positive response to situations.
The breath is our early warning system telling us when we are calm, anxious, or anything in-between. If we can practice connecting to the breath and creating that habit, eventually it will be our automatic grounding technique for when we feel pushed off center. It’s like our own 1-minute emotional and mental reset button!"
Christine Lustik, PhD runs her own ... in and was kind enough to gently walk us through a breathing exercise right here below. Please join us and destress by taking 3 breaths at 3PM daily.
Breathe Chicago - Your body and mind will thank you!
Take your first breath here now!
- Resources -
To further support healing across Chicago, here are some additional resources and recommended services
you can enlist for immediate or continued support.
*Note: If you are in need of immediate help and would like to speak to someone,
please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Upcoming Workshops & Resources
Jan 3rd, 3PM CST:
Your Breath & COVID: How deep breathing can affect your immune system
Jan 10th, 3PM CST:
Your Breath & Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma
Jan 17th, 3PM CST:
Your Breath & Self-Care
Jan 24th, 3PM CST:
Your Breath & Anger Management