Life Will Look Different in Six Months

October 20, 2018.

My birthday.

I was sitting shoulder to shoulder with my Babe Tribe and surrounded by 500 other women in the audience of Angie Lee’s Pays to Be Brave.

The room was loud as we applauded the speaker on stage wrapping up their presentation.

Up next was Samantha Skelly, a woman who I had only recently started following and was eager to hear present.

Sam began her presentation by leading us through a breathwork session. I closed my eyes in what I anticipated to be a relaxing guided visualization but was taken on a journey that I had never experienced before.

As I listened to Sam’s voice guiding us through the breath pattern, encouraging us to surrender, breathe and allow our bodies to do the rest, I became overwhelmed with emotion.

For the first time in years, I was able to connect to myself in a way that I had otherwise been using food, alcohol and working too much to avoid.

For the first time in years, I was able to surface fears, guilt, shame, doubt and worries that I didn’t even realize I still carried.

For the first time in years, I finally understood who I was.

After a mere ten minutes had gone by, Sam gently brought us all back into the space. I slowly opened my eyes and looked around to see everyone crying, smiling, laughing — all at the same time.

It was like we all had the same experience together: we all finally came home to ourselves.

Sam finished her presentation and as she walked off stage, I knew I would see her and breathwork in my life again. I didn’t know how, when or why...but I just knew.

Tomorrow (Friday, 9/10) I am flying out to San Diego for a five day breathwork facilitator training intensive with Sam as one of the founding members of Pause Breathwork.

I know for certain that my soul has called me to this work and it lights me up to get to share this beautiful healing modality with you and in my offerings soon.

So much more to come...until then, take a deep breath in through your nose, full exhale out of your mouth and know that you are so loved.

Mind, SoulMary Beth Mannino