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Music with a Message Series Episode 12: Breath of Life

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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 & Blessings,

Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Woman



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About Brenda MacIntyre

About Brenda MacIntyre

Known by her indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, Brenda MacIntyre has shared her evocative melodic voice and fusion of reggae, rap and indigenous hand drum healing music with appreciative audiences of 30 to 3,000 across North America. The Toronto-based Juno Award-winning singer has been featured nationally on MuchMusic, CTV, CP24, APTN and most recently, Global and the front page of the Toronto Star.

Powered by her grief from losing her son to murder in 2016, Brenda MacIntyre pours her soulful voice over a confluence of indigenous hand drum healing, soft rap and conscious roots reggae in her album “Picking Up the Pieces,” released in September 2019.

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