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E37 Connection and Community with Benedict Beaumont

Tagline

Stepping into my power: An English breathwork facilitator shows how following your heart can lead to finding your calling.

Bio for Benedict James Beaumont

Benedict Beaumont is a Breathwork Facilitator, Yoga Teacher and founder of the Breathing Space School of Breathwork. He runs transformational workshops and life-changing retreats in the South of England, France and Canada. He also trains others who share his vision to do the same.

He believes that one of the magical qualities of breathwork is its ability to connect with our higher selves, with other people and with the environment. When we reach a deep level of connection, he claims, “harming the outside would be like harming ourselves”.

Benedict worked as a secondary school teacher for 15 years but quit to travel on a motorbike across India and Nepal, where he met his wife. They travelled together all over the world till he discovered breathwork and trained to be a facilitator. He now lives in Alberta, where he enjoys the mountains with his wife and daughter.

Episode highlight

Benedict Beaumont grew up in a backwater town in England but caught the travel bug at an early age. Follow him as he recounts his travels across the world and the lessons he learned about finding his way home to his true self.

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Quotes

  • “If we just concentrated on ourselves and didn’t worry about what everyone else was doing, the world would probably take care of itself.”
  • “Kids can go from… completely calm to screaming banshees within a second and then they can calm completely down in a breath or two later and it really is linked to their breath”.
  • “It’s never about the money, it’s about the experience.”
  • “Nominative determinism – Your name defines who you are or what you do.”
  • “It’s not just what we’re born with, it’s what we learn from our parents and those who are close to us.”
  • “The kind of work that I do, which is taking people to some really transformative spaces where people can do quite phenomenal healing or letting go of trauma or habits or energy blockages or things that are holding them back can really only happen if people are willing to be honest, being willing to be open and willing to be vulnerable, which isn’t an easy thing for many many people to do.”
  • “We live in a world where we have to put on a face, where we have to be strong, where we’re rewarded for… keeping on trying and making an effort, whereas in what I do… for real growth, there has to be an element of risk which means making yourself vulnerable and being honest with that.”
  • “I would love for people to connect more – connect to each other on a deeper, more intimate, more emotionally satisfying level and I would like them to connect more with themselves, with their deepest, highest, truest, wisest, kindest, most loving versions of themselves that exist in everyone… My wish for every one [is] to feel more, to be more, to be more fully alive and present in the world.”

Takeaways

Childhood incidents:

Benedict grew up in the 1970s in Brighton on the south coast of England. He would take road trips with his parents and sister through France, and listen to a tape of ‘My Family and Other Animals’ by Gerald Durrell on the way. Benedict was fascinated with life on the Greek island of Corfu in the 1930s as described in the book, and this “magical time of adventure and inspiration” developed into a lifelong love for travel.

At university, Benedict met a senior who, like him, played the guitar and sang songs and had been busking around Europe the previous summer. They then went together to Europe and had many adventures that enriched Benedict’s university experience. From earning 200 pounds busking to getting kicked out of a train in a snowstorm to hitchhiking with Dominican monks, he feels grateful now for the “excitement of being out on the road”.

Influential groups

Benedict was raised as a Quaker by his mother, and he would accompany her to silent gatherings. Even though he found it boring as a child, he now recognizes that it taught him stillness, respect and understanding, and made him aware of important issues in the world.

As a breathwork facilitator, he finds the breathwork community very supportive and open, and reinforces how breathwork gives “that sense of community, that sense of real belonging, of real connection for people”.

Living in France made him a foodie, and a self-proclaimed ‘cheesehead’. Travelling through Nepal developed in him a love for hiking through the mountains and awe for the natural environment. He claims that trekking in Sagarmatha National Park made him feel closer to God than he ever had before.

Temperament and personality influences

Benedict has always loved being around people and in communities. Even though he was afraid to take risks when he was younger, he grew to renounce the fear and reclaim his strength. When he started breathwork, he felt that he had found his sweet spot in life, and that was what he was meant to do.

Cultural Epiphanies

Benedict learned his father’s way of showing affection, which was teasing. As Benedict grew up, however, he realized that teasing does not come across as affectionate to others and that others perceive such teasing as being hurtful. He then worked to change how he expressed love.

Advice to an Employer

To work with Benedict, you must be honest, and willing to change and be vulnerable!

More Great Insights!

Benedict says that breathwork isn’t just an exercise to strengthen your spiritual system or physical well being. It can take you to a place of complete transformation, akin to therapy. It can be a substitute for meditation, an easy and accessible way for exponential spiritual development using just your breath.

Sign up for his courses and workshops to experience this transformation firsthand!

Extro

Benedict Beaumont has always valued his connections with people and being a part of communities. He infuses his work today as a breathwork facilitator with oneness to help each individual be the best version of themselves.

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