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Music with a Message Series Episode 12: Breath of Life


This song has only vocables, which are sounds rooted in indigenous languages.

— “Breath of Life” by Brenda MacIntyre


Right now, are you breathing easily, deeply and fully? Most times we are not. When we resource ourselves with breath the way a baby does, we have access to more brain function, we get closer to Spirit, and we have more energy. Not to mention, we kind of need it to live, you know?

When I recently had pneumonia for the first time, let me tell you, I was incredibly grateful for my breath! It was difficult to breathe, I was coughing, wheezing and gasping to breathe.

When I was getting over pneumonia – after practicing Grieve over and over – this song came through and it reminded me how important our breath is, and how it can do much more than just bring us back into our bodies, but how it can help us through feeling the grief when it comes up.

It’s no mistake that we breathe in and out through our throat chakra. That is our truth centre and we need our breath to speak our truth, as well as to sing. When breath passes through your lips, it feeds your body with Life. When you add your voice to your breath, oh wow, the magic that can happen. The healing, the love, the expression that can happen.

TRY THIS: Take a few minutes to breathe a little more fully and more deeply every time you think about it. Feel how the breath fills you and feeds you. When we nourish our bodies with enough breath by just breathing a little more deeply and fully, we can operate at a much higher capacity and be more alert, aware and aligned.

Final thoughts: Breath is Life is Spirit is Light is Love. It’s all the same. More breath brings more of ALL of that. Go forth and BREATHE.

Hope this helps. Please feel welcome to share it with friends you know who are experiencing grief, trauma, loss or chronic pain.

Love & Light,

Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Woman

P.S. Get your tickets NOW for the launch party in Toronto! $20 in advance and if we have any at the door, it will be $35. Don’t wait. It will sell out. Tickets here.

In Memory of Brenda MacIntyre’s son Quinn Taylor, this album features 2 songs inspired by Quinn’s trap music. The songs on this album span reggaesoft rap and indigenous hand drum singing, with Brenda’s usual soulful vocal flavour and a hint of funk and R&B.

Just like Brenda’s last 3 albums, this one is being created in ceremony, infused with specific intentions and emotional and healing energy, to help people to feel love, connection and joy even alongside grief, chronic pain, identity crisis or trauma.


About Brenda MacIntyre

Medicine Song Woman Brenda MacIntyre, author and artist of the Medicine Song Oracle Cards™ & Music, is a Juno Award-winning singer, motivational speaker, indigenous drummer and wisdom-keeper. Brenda has shared her leadership and soul nationally on stage and in the media, such as MuchMusic, APTN, CTV, CP24, Global and CityTV’s Breakfast Television, as well as CBC Radio. Having experienced major loss and fear of being seen and heard, she is passionate about helping women to bring out their playfulness, edge and inner rebel, so they can live a life brimming with self-authority and soul-satisfying expression.


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