The Bloom Living Podcast

The Breath of Love | Lauren Chelec Cafritz SE05 - EP09

September 21, 2020 Thomas DeSchutter / Lauren Chelec Cafritz Season 5 Episode 9
The Bloom Living Podcast
The Breath of Love | Lauren Chelec Cafritz SE05 - EP09
Show Notes Transcript

Our Guest:
Lauren Chelec Cafritz is the founder of Vitality Breath. She is an internationally known breathwork teacher, speaker and author of Breath LOVE. Lauren is trained and certified in Integrative Breathwork and Transformational Breath®, Reiki Level 1, Inner Domain 5 Element Yoga, and Ayurveda.

She facilitates breathwork for executive teams, nonprofits, government agencies, corporations, hospitals, and schools, and hosts breath retreats, conferences and workshops across the country. She is the national representative for the International Breathwork Foundation and is a member of the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance. Lauren has appeared on numerous television and radio shows and in national publications.
Favourite quote: A Breath of Love can take you all the way to Infinity - Rumi

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Thomas DeSchutter:

doing breath work and meditation and finding that truth within ourselves to lead us. And so today's guest, Lauren Chelec Cafritz is the founder of vitality breath. And we dive into the benefits of breath work and how that can lead us through moments of stress moments of integration where we're looking to integrate something that's gone on in our lives. And maybe we're struggling a little bit with it. And if you're anything like me, and that happens on an ongoing basis, where stuff comes up, and there's some work to do to get myself through it. I'm going to let you in on a little bonus alert as we actually do some live examples during the show. One of the things that Lauren is trained in is AI or VEDA, which is the traditional Hindu system of medicine. And it's based on the idea of balance in bodily systems. It uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. So let's talk a little bit about Lauren. She is an internationally known breathwork teacher, speaker and the author of breath, love. She facilitates breath work for executive teams, nonprofits, governments, agencies, corporations, hospitals and schools. And she hosts breath retreats, conferences and workshops across the country. She's been doing this really well, for a really long time. However, are you using the gift of your breath? intentionally using the gift that your breath can be? Here she is. Lauren, shellac, capers. Hey, Lauren.

Unknown:

Hi, Thomas. Are you doing? Okay?

Thomas DeSchutter:

Good. I'm laughing because of our off our off camera stuff that we're talking about? and and you know what I'm gonna dive in? Because I think you you kind of said as in our pre ramble, a really great place that I think we could start to have a conversation. And the reason I think it's a great place is because I fully agree with you that I think right now, people are carrying around a lot of stress, a lot of angst, a lot of uncertainty. And I believe you have some tools, and some ideas that for those that aren't already practicing this kind of work, can latch onto something and begin a process for getting on triggered, you know, stopping the action. So I'm going to turn it over to you with that as a setup to how do you see that? How can people begin to start a process.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

So we take about 8 million breaths a year. And the breath is so powerful to help us lower our cortisol and adrenaline and to help us feel better. And I think right now, there's a lot of these like teeny tiny chest breathers out there. That's keeping them kind of chronically anxious, and so they see news that makes them anxious that keeps the cycle going. And so a lot of times do you want to play for a minute? Yeah, sure. I mean, it's so put to him. on your belly and relax back in your chair. And take ready to take three deep breaths. And as we breathe in, the belly fills up like a balloon. And as we exhale,

Unknown:

the balloon goes back in, and then we take a breath. Let it go. One more deep breath. Let it go with a sigh.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

So when you close your eyes and you feel after even three bras, how do you feel?

Thomas DeSchutter:

Well, for me, I feel relaxed, I feel a little more grounded. And I feel like I'm ready to have a calming, soothing conversation. And I say that with all sincerity, I really felt like there's no agenda, there's no need to do anything other than just be here. And stay connected.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

So the breath is like the superhighway to present moment awareness. So the minute we focus on our breath,

Unknown:

and we let go,

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

it takes us out of our busy minds, and it puts us right here in the present moment. So, right now, so many things are coming, what it feels like coming at us, right? And that there's so many times during the day now where I dropped my breath into my belly,

Unknown:

with my nose, and then let it go.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

And then I can be with what's in front of me in a calmer way. It doesn't mean like we're gonna always be perfect at this, you know, we're gonna, we're gonna lose center. Because someone, a therapist has told me that with all the clients they're seeing right now, it's like everyone's 10% more anxious, just as a baseline. And then you add on money issues going on family health issues going on, and just helping someone come back to their breath over and over again. It's just a way to just bring that conversation to a commonplace.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Nice when you have a saying that I stole from a coach of mine years ago, when life is liking us. And that's, you know, you can get caught up in that life is laughing. And I want to go back a little because you said what I thought was interesting. Off the top. You said chest breathers. Yeah. So I know a little bit about this stuff, but not a lot. So if I were, if I were to understand that crudely, when we're doing this and just staying up here in our chest, is it that we're now almost, we're raising our anxiety when we do that. And that's it. And so when I think about that, if I'm being chased by you know, the saber toothed Tiger as so many people have said, not that they even exist anymore. That would be my body would take over and allow me to do that. So that I can have that raised anxiety. So I can step into that kind of action. As

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

if I you know, the super kid saber saber toothed tiger. So yeah, so a lot of times going into the parasympathetic system, right, the rest and digest system. That diaphragmatic breath is so important. So the belly breath, the reason why I started you, which is just focusing on your belly, so many people have trouble dropping the breath down there. They're so way up here in their throat, that shows us giving them that so a lot of times when I work with someone, I have them put two hands on their belly and just practice breathing their hand up and down. And when I work with little kids, I put a stuffed animal on their belly and have a give it a write up and then write it down. And I have parents do this with their kids before bed at night so that kids can calm their systems down and go to sleep. Right even at rest and digest place,

Thomas DeSchutter:

right? So you use the term the parasympathetic nervous system. Can you talk a little bit about that? Or?

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

Sure, like, that is like, um, let's let me let me wait, let me go way back for a minute. Okay. So we just said earlier that when you take a diaphragmatic breath, the cortisone adrenaline drop in your blood and you start to feel better, right, putting that attention and awareness on your breath. And so a lot of things get triggered when your diaphragm goes up and down. Right? When your chest breathing, you're in fight and flight sympathetic systems going. When you take a diaphragmatic breath, it tells your central nervous system that you're good, all's well. And then the blood chemistry changes and you start to feel better. So, for me right now like I've been on a phoenix television station twice in the morning because on top of COVID, they have fires, they have all sorts there's so many issues going on right now that a couple stations have had me come on in the morning and just kind of help people start off in a much calmer found that foundation so they can go through their day in this more optimistic, calmer, clear, more stable space.

Thomas DeSchutter:

You know, that is that is, I guess, music to my ears in a way the fact that you are now being in fighted onto a television like to watch somebody breve like that. You know I'm a fan of insight timer and I use insight timer every day as my you know go to timer for Meditation and to track my you know what I'm doing? I like I like data. So I like to track what I'm doing and how frequently etc, etc. And I'm so joyous over the fact that I'll stop a meditation and I'll see that, you know, I don't know 8000 people were meditating with me at the same Time. And so how long have you now been doing this kind of work

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

so About 20 years ago. Let's see, well my son is 20. My older son is 25 And before he was born, I would have a lot of anxiety and panic attacks as well. And you know, when I went to my doctor she gave me value but the value couldn't Bring these levels down and I started searching, I started doing yoga. I started doing meditation. And when I came to breath work, I've had a private session and I sat up From my first session at the end, why isn't everyone doing this? It was just like a huge one. Call because during this session I felt Panic type panic attack coming on. And my breath worker The time is saying You know, that's just energy Can you relax with that energy You know, and then I could and then I could watch it spike, I could feel that tightness and that tingling going on inside of me. And then I could keep resting And just keep watching until it left And then I had all this buzzing energy like it felt like I was on a vacation completely calm, but yet fully underdressed. And from that day on, I haven't stopped. I've taken two certification trainings. I'm the national representative for the International breathwork Foundation, a huge global breathwork and to tea. And last year, I brought 300 people to Joshua Tree for a breathwork conference with the top rough workers around the world and people who love breathwork. And it's just so exciting, just to see the interest and people are waking up to the power of their breath. And then they're trying to find people who really you know that they're certified, they know what they're doing, they feel safe with it, and then they can go and play and, and have their own laboratory of like, well, this breath, I feel this way and in this breath, I feel much more energized and this breath I feel calmer. And there's so many different types of breathing techniques. Breath work, Schools You know, there's so it's a huge field to play in.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Mm hmm. The reason I asked the question is because 20 years ago, could you have imagined that you would be on television? Sharing breath? I mean, maybe you imagine it as a goal, but in 20 years ago, nobody was talking about this stuff really,

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

right. I wasn't even telling people I was seeing a breath worker. You know, I I have a master's in journalism and this foot a journalist at the time and I literally couldn't turn my net I had the anxiety and I couldn't turn my neck I had this powerful combo going on. And breath work just completely turned it around. And I think yeah, I mean, most people think oh well breath works. Just gonna help me with my emotional mental stuff going on and they have no I like someone came to me for pretty Session who has anxiety? And at the end of the session, they sat up and they're like, Where did it go? And I said, Where did it go? I kind of painted my back for 30 years and it's gone. Where did it go? So, it you know, it helps mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, my very first session, I felt connected to something greater than myself. And I didn't, you know, I had no idea what that was or, but it was just the inkling just the beginning of this bigger relationship that grew.

Thomas DeSchutter:

And I'm curious, when you say you had this feeling? Where is it in you? Where does that reside? Like, if you were to pinpoint it, where where does it feel like it's coming from?

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

So I'm, I'm, I'm an energy being like when I was little, there's pictures of me. I'm always bouncing around the camera. My dad's like, you never sat still, you know. So they're all the footage of me made people carsick. And when I was laying in that session, it was like a waterfall of energy just rushing right through me. And then I realized that is lifeforce, and I am lifeforce in a body. And it was just like a jam. It was just an understanding

Thomas DeSchutter:

of the saying, life. Life wants more life. Yeah, and that's how I feel. You know, when I do breath work when I do my meditation, that's how I feel. I actually feel like I am stacking on to my life. More lifeforce. And for me, I feel it mostly in my center. That's where that's where I tend to focus is. And I think I've done that because I, I can get lost up here in the old noggin, the old brain work and start over analyzing and thinking that the solutions are in my head and they're not. Like, I've come to know that the truth of who I am is actually deeper within. And, you know, I call those like the butterflies like when I'm nervous, you know, to do a show like today I have, you know, I get excited about this, and there's a nervous energy within me. That's always down in my center.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

Yeah, so I guess it's like a core waterfall. Essential waterfall that just pour through and I used to try to team that waterfall would get caked and I'd be in so and I was kinked in my neck. Right? And when that I'm kinked and the food could bled through and and and I never tried to stop it down after that.

Unknown:

Right. So at first did it kind of scare you is that is that why?

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

One is whoa? Yeah. 20,000 volts going through me What is that? But then you get hungry for it because it feels so good. And it's powerful and you feel clear afterwards. And you know, you just keep going you want more you want to be in that present open flowing space.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Oh, let's take it back a little again. To You know, the current state of where people are at and you know, my personal I love the fact that you are a your masters in journalism and and i think people should just turn their TVs off. Like how helpful would that be? Oh my god, I'm not watching the recycled news. What when you're working with somebody who's maybe not, you know they're interested in this but they're not so open to it What? What's the biggest resistance that you see from Is there a common thread that people are resistant of is it they're not willing to let go? Are they are they fearful? Can you speak to that a little because I have a feeling there's probably a lot of people that end up in the same sort of camp. Have I'm not doing this right or this is Voodoo stuff or something like that.

Unknown:

Can I kick D check about All the above Yeah, okay.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

It's interesting because you know, I'm in February Right before COVID hit before We knew anything that was brought in by medstar to work with 70 doctors, nurses and clinicians and they We're tired already, you know before COVID and so, I taught, you know, I had them stand up, but here's we could do one fun thing. So take a deep breath in and then hold your breath No helmet out while you shake your body

Unknown:

Close your eyes and feel

Thomas DeSchutter:

Wow. Right. I feel tingling.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

Yeah, the thought like just after they did they all giggled and I did something with them. Calling Cookie Monster that I like to do with little kids but you know when you get into these settings like it was that I felt like some Professor aka a college professor will walk into one of those huge auditorium settings where people are sky high. All the way down low, you know I'm very sharp rise and here I am down. At the bottom, and I thought all right, we got to bring some joy and so I had the brief Hands you want to try one more thing?

Thomas DeSchutter:

Yeah This is great. Yeah, it's and for anybody listening if you're driving you need to pull over like this. We don't do this while we're driving an automobile. We

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

Okay, sit breather, hands up in the air. And then breathe out the Cookie Monster. So there's smiles, all the wattage in the room just lit up. They were just giggling and laughing. They're like

Unknown:

a woman doing

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

and then from that space, I could start to help them with balloon brass. Which Have you seen there's been a surgeon that's been on I think he's from England maybe and he was trying to tell people about the covid to take these deeper, fuller breaths. As he's teaching it to them. He gets lightheaded. I'd love it. There's got to be an easier way. So I was teaching people how to get to a full 360 breath and by breaking it into pieces, but it's a lot easier to take a full breath and once you've left you know once Oh Okay, you let go with some stuff.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Yeah.

Unknown:

If you can find it, right.

Thomas DeSchutter:

So it's all it's almost like you got to lighten up first, right? So you allow people to just let go of some of that. axed that judgment that they might be carrying about what this is going to be and sort of become a little bit vulnerable in the silliness, right like, like, so it breaks down a barrier. It puts them in a different space. Because there's some laughter, some joy and then they're able to participate

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

100% because they're out of their heads or in their bodies. Fit while people are driving, you can't do this either. But if you're sitting somewhere, take two fingers and place it on your wrist.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Doesn't matter which hand.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

Nope. Okay. So what you're gonna do is a slow nose breath in and you bring your fingertips up to the crook of your arm.

Unknown:

We get there, exhale it back down.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

And then one more time, but really feel your fingertips

Unknown:

and exhale back down. Does that calm you? I wanted to fall forward.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

Yeah. So I had someone stopped me on the street the other day and she just said I went to a pulmonologist. They got me very scared. Cuz he said I can't breathe, I can't breathe and I said, let me show you how you can read it in the middle of the street. We did this and she took a beautiful lungs slow in and along, so out. She's like I couldn't breathe. And it's because she was probably so nervous for the doctor's appointment. She had that tiny teeny chest breath we were talking about. And I dropped her into her body where she had to pay attention and feel and then her threshold So a lot of times just going up and down our arm gets us out of her head keeps us present where everything's okay. Right Because right now, you know, here in the US we've had six months going into seven of quarantine and, you know, maybe we go see people but there's a lot it's like a little pressure cooker going on. Yeah and so some homes we lose it or sometimes we're not Are your best and we can actually Sometimes, sometimes we can just move our hand up and down our arm with our breath and just lower the stress and then move forward from there. The biggest thing I think right now is just so people, if you fall off, right, if you make mistakes, say something that feels not good, that you that you give yourself, forgiveness, you give yourself permission to mess up right now. And then you give yourself some self care until you're back in that alignment. And breath work is my way over and over again. So it keeps me in alignment or it helps me find it again when I've left it. Yeah.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Yeah, I think he said something really, really important. Not that not that everything else you said wasn't important. Let me preface that. However, the idea of self care the idea of self love And the big one for me was forgiveness. Getting to the place of forgiving ourselves forgiving others and I was having a conference This morning with my wife about the Word Perfect. And I think it's interesting that people associate perfect With the idea that everything turned out the way they wanted it to And my idea of perfect is that the universe on folds perfectly like all The ingredients that Put into whatever I'm doing is there and it can only unfold perfectly based on what is in there. Not my idea of what it should look like? Yeah. And so This idea of perfection to me is interesting because I think everything is perfect But I don't associate the Word Perfect with good Where Most people associate the Word Perfect with that it turned out good and not bad. And yet, you know, I had a business fail. It failed perfectly. Do I know that because it failed it actually be. And so am I happy? No is like was that a great victory in that moment? Absolutely not. However, when I think back now, the lessons I needed to learn the things I didn't know the way that things were going to happen were all part of the stew. And it could only unfold the way it did.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

It was part of the ride. Yeah, um So yesterday I took a hike along I live near the Potomac River and there's this area you can sit and watch the professional kayakers, like some Olympians practice there and, and just regular people like us, you know, can just go

Thomas DeSchutter:

so phenomenal Olympians

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

not only via the polls there and it's rushing water and so I sat on a rock and I watched this one woman I just didn't know who was going to be there and I just wanted to sit there and this one woman kept trying I was sitting by one poles one and two and it's very hard to get up to where I am. So she was coming Coming up stream and she can only hit pull three. She kept track like She failed so many times more than she succeeded. But that failures strengthened her her muscles so that she could succeed and you know with the breath, the same thing, it's You know, like, everyone's like, well is my breath perfect? You know my it's just a full diaphragmatic breath. How am I doing? You know how, and I'm always like, your breath is perfect As it is, that's how it is today and we always have room for growth. And so if we like you, we don't look for the perfect ride or you know, we just look for the ride because it's all perfect. Then we're not afraid to keep putting ourselves out there over and over again.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Yeah. Curious, do you have this is something I get asked frequently is How do you when you're on it? And by audit, I mean you're, you know, you're triggered. Something's happened. You're just in the mess of it. Do you have Like, is there something that you can that that pipes up that stops the action for you? Is there a way like you have Do you have a warning sign that you know is like oh, I'm going here, and then you're able to take a moment Have you Is it is it a treat thing is it's something You've had to practice. I'm just curious how It is for somebody else. Because I get asked this a lot And it's like, I don't really know how to put it in words.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

Okay, so here's my thing. Remember, we're never always going to be able to do it and yet more times than not it's possible to so Emotions are just energy in motion. I'm sure you've heard people say that before. For yeah so we have We've been practicing Breath work for me and helped me become Much more of an emotional master It takes a lot for me to get fully triggered. So think of something this past week that got you Little bit frustrated or angry. Not, don't pick something too big And then when I want to use clothes Your eyes and I want you to take a couple breaths. You know that Slow connected in and out. through the nose, your mouth right now. Allow that situation that come up in your head.

Unknown:

And when you've got that situation

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

no Notice how it feels in your body like I want like Madlib descriptor or

Thomas DeSchutter:

It feels tense. Okay, you It feels a little. I want to say discomfortable but that's not the right word but there's discomfort. Especially in my shoulders and neck, like I want to I want to start to tense up, right and

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

so tense is tense, tight or loose. It's tight. Is it hot or cold?

Unknown:

It's hot, I think. Yeah, it's good so far we've got hot and tight yeah

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

Some people like for me, I feel wirey hot and tight. Those are my words the minute the sincere have hot wire in tight happen. It's like a little bell go is off my head and it says take a breath

Thomas DeSchutter:

I just want to stop right there for a second. So what you've done is you've associated what happens when you're triggered.

Unknown:

Yes,

Thomas DeSchutter:

you but you've you've dialed into, these are the feelings, the way my body reacts the way my brain starts to think this is what happens. And so and then the bell goes off and so then continue.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

So and then when the bell goes off, that tells you to take a breath. flow in through the nose. out to them is like you're raking your fingertips through sand One Direction within you. Like your fingertips, go through the sand with the exhale the other direction. Until you can then respond instead of react to what's in front of you.

Thomas DeSchutter:

And then you've trained yourself to recognize this.

Unknown:

Yes.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

So, for me, with my kids and my husband, it's you know, the closer someone is to your nuclear family, your father, mother, siblings have kind of a superhighway to your nervous system

Thomas DeSchutter:

to push your button.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

That's right. They know how to go right in but the more work you do on this it instead of it feeling like a full on dingdong of the doorbell going off, it feels more like a soft buzz, and then it can feel like a softer buzz. Right But if you If you're really jumped up, right you had your you've got a family member not well and you've got this happening not happening at a parent. says some things, they're going to be able to trigger you faster. So I always say those that trigger or Faster our teachers to tell So, you know I need to do some more work on myself. I need I need a timeout. I need some self care. I need some water I need to walk I have I wrote a book called breath love and in the book I have something called my emergency toolkit. There are four things to do when something super stressful happens. First one is drop into your breath. So you can put a hand on your belly and breathe in and out into your belly about 10 times. The second thing is drink water, water, water, water, every bar should have water You should drink. It almost should be a rule to drink two glasses of water before you have any alcohol because when you're stressed out, the water is going to help you more than the alcohol then have a nice drink. You know, like water hydrates, it moves emotion just like breath does. The third thing is move your body like I have people that are you know, high, high in their company CEOs, companies, and they're like what, how am I going to move my body in my office and like do a wall and they're like, yes, like, do some cool push ups get down on the ground, do floor push ups, I don't care. Walk out of your building and go around the block and feel the wind on your face, you know. And then the fourth thing is be in nature like when you go and take a walk your woods or through a park and you see the color green and affects you in a very positive way and when you smell flowers like yesterday, there's these incredible honeysuckles that were in full bloom and as I walked, I just kept getting hit by the solution. These are things that can help you come back to center

Unknown:

to ground you

Thomas DeSchutter:

when you're back to Earth, so to speak. So you're What came up for me when you said the drinking of water? I had this thinking like wow, you know, we can go a long time without food. But we can't go very long without breath. And we can Very long without Water And I saw him moment that you said that The number One way to get out of Stress to get out of that is breath and And then and why because breath is like we need that like it's Like the most immediate thing of Don't get that breath we're done. But then water is next in line. And it's interesting too. Me In that moment I saw how those two things Help us

Unknown:

affect every organ in our body

Thomas DeSchutter:

Yeah, like wow that's thank you for that. That that bye You know, I had many takeaways today but that is a huge takeaway for me right now is just realizing, you know that those two things are things that we need desperately in order to survive And they're their cures for when we're out of our minds.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

Under immune boosting, which we need right now to write you

Unknown:

were not supposed to say that we're not theirs that's against the rules. You can't use those words together. That's isn't that

Thomas DeSchutter:

sorry I have to go there. I that's the dark have me as you know as to show up once in a while I was a I was an audition for years. So sarcasm is just past It has to be president. But yeah, I know I had somebody on my show recently who Email this after like a week, go on. their YouTube channel was taken down because they You had indicated Broke community standards by saying vitamin C is an immune booster.

Unknown:

What is

Thomas DeSchutter:

Yeah, no, it's crazy. The world is crazy right now it's it's funny. In a way it's perfect. If you ask me.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

We have a system here like a car. Let's just put it this way we have a system like a car so we don't get Anyone intending to travel Okay, what we put into this car like if you put jet you know water down gasoline and Your car you're going to have trouble with your car right? What We put into our car water into ours. stem is is hydrate It's nourishing we've got cell that need to be fed. So when we put fruits and veggies into deeper, slower breasted and we we walk around in In you know, they say that people in hobbies or scientific studies, you have a hospital bed that sees green trees you you heal faster than someone in a cinderblock room without that window without the tree with the Just like basics, right? So vitamin D you know we spend more time outside We're going to get it naturally but right now if we want to boost your immune system I'm not going to say take vitamin D by You

Thomas DeSchutter:

know, it's all good. Yeah, you know what? So that again as you spoke about water, what I began to think of something that dries up. What does it do when it dries up? It constricts. It becomes tense. It tightens. It's, you know, it's that idea of evaporating. So by feeding yourself water by feeding yourself breath, you're expanding your moisturizing You're creating an element of and feeding our souls in a way.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

So, the thing is, we have this toolkit of ways to To unstress right to de stress and you know If every tool is The toolkit doesn't work they call a friend, get a hook, you know, like whatever it is, but I very rarely, you know clients call me and Sam. I'm in an emergency situation. And I've learned to say have you done the four things and the toolkit? and 90% of the people who call me have not. And then about 15 minutes later I will get a text message from them after they've done All for and they're like I'm feeling much better. Like there's no call needed. Mm hmm. So why Movement breath nature relax. We got them.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Yeah. Yeah. And they've been with us since the beginning Way, way longer. than anything else we've created in this day and age Those four things have been a part Who we are

Unknown:

From day one, that's beautiful.

Thomas DeSchutter:

How can people Maybe before we go there, what what do you do most now? Your day to day do you work with organizations? Do you work with individuals? What? What is the thing that you do most in in the idea of spreading breath work?

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

So at the moment I'm in It's like a full on in all directions, you know, triage time. I'm still seeing clients one on one. I am every Monday night, even Labor Day You know I I show up on the mindfulness center.org has online classes now. So I've had people from London join in and California and Portland and Wisconsin and so every Monday Night. people join in around 710 It starts at 715 I take people through an hour and 15 minute experience. And it's just so powerful to see the before and after, when people do that, um, I was taking people to Sedona in October, but instead, I'm doing it in April, you know, we could all use a little revitalization at this point. So going to Sedona that which has beautiful energy, which I'm sure you know, and bringing in breath and sound healing and all of that to help us all kind of get clear, this clear and rejuvenate and all of that. And then in October, next year, I'm taking people on an eight day immersion, which is an incredibly powerful cleanse of sadness, anxiety, frustration, like helping us get to that what you were talking about that center

Unknown:

core connection,

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

and then starting in 22, I'm going to start teaching people to be breath workers because we just need more of us. out there. It's such a powerful modality and not enough of us out there yet. So it's maybe you could go to international

Unknown:

IBF Vf corp.org

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

is the National organization where you can find a breath worker in your area. My website right now is breath love calm. And within two weeks it will be vitality breath dot life but at this point moment it's breath love calm.

Unknown:

Um,

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

my book breath love is Barnes and Noble and Target and Walmart anywhere. It's all over right now.

Unknown:

So um

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

there's no corporations. You know, I've done to hospital I did john Hopkins Hospital, you know, through Suburban Hospital recently. It was an in person event and became an online event. So I'm just I'm companies, hospitals, I've worked with schools. I just literally Last week did the Presidential Scholar all the Presidential Scholar winners, um, it's like, it was like hundred and 26 students that want a scholarship, you know the presidential scholarship. And these are our future leaders and now they know about breath work.

Unknown:

Match made me so happy.

Thomas DeSchutter:

That's That's awesome. When we when we came into 2020 Did you think you'd be this business

Unknown:

No,

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

this is my summer. I didn't even go to the beach this year. I just, I my husband just keeps laughing because I'm I you know every time I think it's gonna Have a little bit of a low and I'm like only we should go which is Christ back up again. So hopefully in two weeks for To go away for a short period, but yeah, it's it's amazing I would never have predicted.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Yeah, well thank goodness you are doing the work you're doing

Unknown:

on YouTube,

Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

and look at all these people that you're you're spreading this information enlightened joy to thank you.

Thomas DeSchutter:

Yeah, we've been speaking with Lauren Chelec Cafritz, thank you for doing the work you're doing and for coming on the show today. It's been a great pleasure for me to speak with you.

Unknown:

Thank you so much for having me.

Thomas DeSchutter:

And thanks so much to you for joining in and listening to today's show. This is the Bloom living podcast. We hope you have yourself an amazing day. We look forward to having you join in again or maybe you go back and listen to some of our previous episodes. And if you're so inclined give us a Shout out, give us a thumbs up, share it on social media. We'd really appreciate that. Also The best stay blessed Mistake Transcribed by https://otter.ai [This note may be incomplete because it was exported before processing was finished.]