Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, VT, welcomes local author Elizabeth Bunker Zucker at 11 am on Saturday November 16 to discuss her book, Breathtaking, Growing up Mystic in America. The book is a composite of memoirs, wisdom bits, and adventure stories written over the course of her life from the 1990s to present day. Call 802-463-9404 for event and book resevervations.
“I saw how most people's breathing was hurting them, on all levels; emotional, physical and mental,” says Bunker, who attended Vassar College, where she received a BFA in Creative Writing. Her book serves as a manual for embracing our fears, allowing what is, and remembering our true self with eleven breaths for life. “Awakening or enlightenment are words for this realization,” explains Bunker. “This is a huge leap for most and allows us to tap into a lake of stillness, talked of by all masters of consciousness in the Middle and Far East.”
Breath work, called pranayam, is the foundation of yoga, along with most psycho/spiritual traditions, such as Mystic Christ, Buddhism and Sufism. “Sages and medical researchers know that various breaths enhance health, relieve stress, and wash the brain,” says Bunker.
Her mission in life, from childhood, was to know the secrets to life and death, a journey that took her to India, Bali and to retreats all over the United States. In 1982, Bunker created the Harvard University Yoga program, then started the Yoga for Life yoga studio in W. Concord, MA, a meeting place for yogis and dancers. Now, the singer/songwriter, horse rider, and dancer lives in the NH hills with her husband David, two ponies, St. George the mule, and Kaya the cattle dog.