I just finished reading the book "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art" by James Nestor. It was on Brian's reading list I think in week 2 of the current cohort. It's fantastic. One of the reviews on the book jacket says "It will change the way you breathe". This is so true!!
Since reading it, I have become much more mindful of my breath. I discovered I have been a mouth breather, which I didn't think I was at the beginning of our course. I tried mouth taping and now do it every night. I have obstructive sleep apnea and have been using a CPAP device nightly for almost 3 years. After taping for a couple of nights with the CPAP, I decided to try not using it and just taping. I did that for about 10 days straight and felt like I was sleeping as well as I was with the CPAP.
After reading deeper into the book and learning more about the value of CPAP's (I will take all the oxygen I can get), I am back to using the machine with taping. The difference now is I don't feel chained to the CPAP, which is huge for me, as I am a pretty free spirit. I now know I can go camping, on vacation or whatever and do well with just mouth taping. I feel like eventually taping and other practices the author (and Brian) recommends will heal the sleep apnea and help my sleep be deeper and more restorative. This work we are doing is so amazing - not only for others, but just as much for ourselves!💖💖💖