Breath Talks

Breathing (spiration or ventilation) is the rhythmical process of moving air into (inhalation) and out of (exhalation) the lungs to facilitate gas exchange with the internal environment, mostly to flush out carbon dioxide and bring in oxygen.

All aerobic creatures need oxygen for cellular respiration, which extracts energy from the reaction of oxygen with molecules derived from food and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. Breathing, or external respiration, brings air into the lungs where gas exchange takes place in the alveoli through diffusion. The body's circulatory system transports these gases to and from the cells, where cellular respiration takes place.

The breathing of all vertebrates with lungs consists of repetitive cycles of inhalation and exhalation through a highly branched system of tubes or airways which lead from the nose to the alveoli. The number of respiratory cycles per minute is the breathing or respiratory rate, and is one of the four primary vital signs of life. Under normal conditions the breathing depth and rate is automatically, and unconsciously, controlled by several homeostatic mechanisms which keep the partial pressures of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the arterial blood constant. Keeping the partial pressure of carbon dioxide in the arterial blood unchanged under a wide variety of physiological circumstances, contributes significantly to tight control of the pH of the extracellular fluids (ECF). Over-breathing (hyperventilation) and under-breathing (hypoventilation), which decrease and increase the arterial partial pressure of carbon dioxide respectively, cause a rise in the pH of ECF in the first case, and a lowering of the pH in the second. Both cause distressing symptoms.

Breathing has other important functions. It provides a mechanism for speech, laughter and similar expressions of the emotions. It is also used for reflexes such as yawning, coughing and sneezing. Animals that cannot thermoregulate by perspiration, because they lack sufficient sweat glands, may lose heat by evaporation through panting.

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Yoga and Meditation

Serial: NC-01183

Meditation instructions begin at 42:58

OSB Cam, Yoga, Meditation, Breath, Lineage, Buddhism, Sutra
Jun 2009
2 of 4
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Yoga and Meditation

OSB Cam, Yoga, Meditation, Breath, Posture, Bell, training, japanese
Jun 2009
4 of 4
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Openness

Serial: NC-00767

Retreat Conference. Openess

OSB Cam, Openness, Breath, Emotions, Forgiveness, Emptiness, Offering
May 2007
1 of 5
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Openness

Serial: NC-00768

Retreat Conference. Openess

OSB Cam, Openness, Emotions, Discrimination, Concentration, Emptiness, Breath...
May 2007
Part 2 (of 5)
New Camaldoli Hermitage

The Sacrament of the Present Moment

Serial: NC-00003

Archival Photo

OSB Cam, Breath, Monkey Mind, Enemies, Gratitude, Addiction
2002
3 of 4
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Bound For Glory: Transfiguration Spirituality

Serial: NC-00072

Part of "Bound For Glory: Transfiguration Spirituality"

Archival Photo

OSB Cam, Letting Go, Breath, Bell, War
1997
2 of 4
New Camaldoli Hermitage

September 13th, 1995, Serial No. 00284

Serial: NC-00284

New Testament Class

OSB Cam, Oneness, Duality, Enlightenment, Breath
Sep 13 1995

The Idea of a Taoist Sage and Gospel Parallels / Taoist Metaphysical Vision and the Christian Concept of God

Serial: NC-00011

Session 1 & 2 of "Trinity and Tao: Christian and Taoist Spirituality"

Talk 1: The Idea of a Taoist Sage and Gospel Parallels

Talk 2: Taoist...

OSB Cam, First Principle, Enlightenment, Darkness and Light, Breath, Emptiness...
1995
1 of 2
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Essential Features of the Holy Spirit / Birth of "Pneuma" in Humans

Serial: NC-00019

Session 1 & 2 of "New Life in the Holy Spirit"

Talk 1: Essential Features of the Holy Spirit: Breath, Light, Responsive Love

Talk 2: irth of...

OSB Cam, Breath, zen meditation, japanese, Enlightenment, Renewal
1995
1 of 2
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Spirit of Filial Adoption and Prayer / Spirit of Mission and Charismatic Gifts

Serial: NC-00020

Session 3 & 4 of "New Life in the Holy Spirit"

Talk 3: Spirit of Filial Adoption and Prayer

Talk 4: Spirit of Mission and Charismatic...

OSB Cam, Breath, zen meditation, Continuous, Intimacy, Posture
1995
2 of 2
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Development of Hesychasm and the Psycho-Physical Aspects / Jesus Prayer and Other Types of Prayer/Meditation

Serial: NC-00014

Session 3 & 4 of "Hesychia: Inner Silence and the Jesus Prayer"

Archival Photo

OSB Cam, Hesychia, Jesus Prayer, Prayer of the Heart, zen meditation, Compassion, zen...
1995
2 of 2
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Awakening in the American "Adamic" Poets

Serial: NC-00050

Part of "The Awakening Self: The New Testament and the Poets" retreat.

Archival Photo

OSB Cam, Poetry, Ego, Intuition, Zoom, Breath, realization
1995
4 of 4
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Contemplative Prayer: Practice of the Presence of God

Serial: NC-00931

Contemplative Prayer class. Practice of the Presence of God

Commitment, Breath, Continuous, Intention, Lovingkindness
Oct 18 1994
6 of 7
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Contemplative Prayer

Serial: NC-00879

Contemplative Prayer Class

OSB Cam, Breath, zen, Oneness, Japan, japanese
Jun 08 1994
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Contemplative Prayer

Serial: NC-00880

Contemplative Prayer Class

OSB Cam, Breath, zen, Oneness, Japan, japanese
Jun 08 1994
4 of 11
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Contemplation and Inner Experience

Serial: NC-00711

Class on contemplative prayer using Thomas Merton's The Inner Experience.

Class IV

Contemplative Prayer Set 1 of 2

OSB Cam, Breath, zen, Oneness, Japan, japanese
1994
4 of 10
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Modern Poetry, Sophia, and the Rebirth of Christian Wisdom

Serial: NC-00062

Part of "Spirituality in a Secular World: Poetry and Wisdom"

4. Modern Poetry, Sophia, and the Rebirth of Christian Wisdom

Archival Photo

OSB Cam, Fox, Darkness and Light, Separation, Breath, Hindrances
1993
4 of 4
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Lectio: Listening as Communion

Serial: NC-00021

Part of "Lectio: Listening with the Heart"

Archival Photo

OSB Cam, Breath, Echo, Cultivation, Instruction, Concentration
1992
1 of 4
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Prayer & the Rule of St. Benedict

Serial: NC-00036

Part of "Prayer and the Rule of St. Benedict"

Archival Photo

OSB Cam, Ego, Constancy, Breath, Money, Conversation
1992
4 of 4
New Camaldoli Hermitage

The Universal Call to Contemplation

Serial: NC-00635

THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO CONTEMPLATION. D. Bede Griffiths, OSB Cam. Talk given at the Hermitage ‘92.

OSB Cam, Ego, Breath, Demons, Renunciation
1992
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Gospel of John Class

Serial: NC-00276

Monastic formation class on the Gospel of John

OSB Cam, Echo, Emptiness, Breath, realization
Sep 22 1990
2 of 4
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Contemplative Prayer in the Modern World

Serial: NC-00266

Contemplative Prayer in the Modern World

Emptiness, Breath, Don't Know Mind, Zazen
May 28 1988
1 of 3
San Luis Obispo

Gospel of John and the Christian Wisdom Tradition

Serial: NC-00559

Retreat on the Gospel of John

OSB Cam, Breath, Conversation
Dec 14 1984
5 of 5
Utah

Gospel of John and the Christian Wisdom Tradition

Serial: NC-00558

Retreat on the Gospel of John

OSB Cam, Oneness, Breath, Intimacy, Pain, Japan
Dec 13 1984
4 of 5
Utah

September 21st, 1983, Serial No. 00388

Serial: NC-00388

Monastic Theology Series Set 2 of 3

Precepts, Liberation, Daily Life, Forgiveness, Breath
Sep 21 1983

Talk to Community

OSB Cam, Observe, Breath, Harmonizing, Buddhism, Balance
Sep 13 1983
4 of 4
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Talk to Community

Serial: NC-00595

Yoga. This is a repeat of NC 00450. Corinthinians. Body of the Lord.

OSB Cam, Observe, Breath, Harmonizing, Buddhism, Balance
Sep 13 1983
New Camaldoli Hermitage

August 24th, 1983, Serial No. 00385

Serial: NC-00385

Monastic Theology Series Set 2 of 3

Breath, Pain, Demons, Liberation, Intuition
Aug 24 1983

July 13th, 1983, Serial No. 00396

Serial: NC-00396

Monastic Theology Series Set 1 of 3

Emptiness, Breath, Compassion
Jul 13 1983

June 15th, 1983, Serial No. 00405

Serial: NC-00405

Monastic Theology Series Set 1 of 3

Breath, Don't Know Mind, Intimacy, Sanctuary, Continuous
Jun 15 1983

April 26th, 1983, Serial No. 00373

Serial: NC-00373

Monastic Spirituality Set 11 of 12

Renewal, Separation, Observe, Fasting, Breath
Apr 26 1983

Exodus

Serial: NC-00939

Class #1 (9 Dec 82) and #2 (16 Dec 82) on the Book of Exodus.

OSB Cam, Anger, Breath, Compassion, Precepts, Ceremony
Dec 09 1982
1 of 3
New Camaldoli Hermitage

January 28th, 1982, Serial No. 00684

Serial: NC-00684

Monastic Spirituality Set 5 of 12

Intention, Breath, confusion, Separation
Jan 28 1982

Christian Doctrine of New Creation and Contemporary Science

Serial: NC-00591

Fr Bede is a guest speaker at a conference. Begins with chanting.

OSB Cam, Breath, Buddha, causation, Chanting, Separation
1982

Search for Wisdom

Intimacy, Renewal, Breath, Balance, Sanctuary
Feb 1981
1 of 14

Monastic Life and the Interreligious Dialogue

Serial: NC-00468

Monastic Life and Interreligious Dialogue: What does our life as monks mean to the non-Christian world?

OSB Cam, Interreligious dialogue, Buddhism, Breath, Karma, War
Sep 1980
3 of 3
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Prayer

Serial: NC-01107

Prayer

OSB Cam, Renunciation, Breath, Demons, Liberation, Describe
Sep 1978
1 fo 3

Prayer

Serial: NC-01109

Prayer

OSB Cam, Emptiness, Emotions, zen, Addiction, Breath
Sep 1978
3 of 3

March 1975 talk, Serial No. 01130

Serial: NC-01130

Retreat Conference by Abbot Edward McCorkle, OCSO, of Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Virginia. Prior Bruno Barnhart makes comments.

OCSO, Abbot, Compassion, Patience, Anger, Breath
Mar 1975
1 of 7
New Camaldoli Hermitage

Unknown Date, Serial 00222, Side B

Serial: NC-00222B

Archival Photo

training, Buddhism, Describe, Emptiness, Breath
[field_wisdom_date]

Foundation for Inter-Faith Dialogue

Serial: NC-00247

Archival Photo, Foundation for Inter-Faith Dialogue (for Community Use). Music.

OSB Cam, Inter-faith Dialogue, Buddhism, realization, Conversation, Delusion, Breath...
[field_wisdom_date]
1 of 5 (#3 missing)

Foundation for Inter-Faith Dialogue

Serial: NC-00248

Archival Photo, Foundation for Inter-Faith Dialogue (for Community Use), 

OSB Cam, Inter-faith Dialogue, Bell, Breath, Buddha, Posture, War
[field_wisdom_date]
2 of 5 (#3 missing)

Foundation for Inter-Faith Dialogue

Serial: NC-00249

Archival Photo, Foundation for Inter-Faith Dialogue (for Community Use)

OSB Cam, Inter-faith Dialogue, Lovingkindness, Buddhism, zen meditation, Bell, Breath...
[field_wisdom_date]
4 of 5 (#3 missing)

The Big Picture

Serial: NC-00261

Archival Photo

OSB Cam, Liberation, Daily Life, Balance, Breath, Enthusiasm
[field_wisdom_date]

Wisdom and History

Serial: NC-00665

Wisdom and History

OSB Cam, realization, Breath, Conversation, Buddhism
[field_wisdom_date]
1 of 4

Abiding in God's Presence

Serial: NC-01222

2000s

OSB Cam, Ego, Breath, Commitment, Mandala, Intuition
[field_wisdom_date]
2 of 4

Abiding in God's Presence

Serial: NC-01223

2000s

OSB Cam, Addiction, Daily Life, Breath, Anger, Mindfulness
[field_wisdom_date]
3 of 4

Unknown Date, Serial 00671

Serial: NC-00671

Miscellaneous

unconscious process, Renewal, Darkness and Light, Breath
[field_wisdom_date]

Unknown Date, Serial 00840

Serial: NC-00840

Cassian Conference

OSB Cam, Enlightenment, Patience, Attachment, Impermanence, Breath
[field_wisdom_date]