I had two incredible experiences this summer. The first was meeting Genie O'Malley, who founded ibreathelife, a company dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families through the healing power of the breath. She also created the Movement of the Heart Foundation, a nonprofit that inspires women to celebrate the miracle of healing and empowerment with the breath. I met Genie at a hotel in New York City where she "breathed" with me. It was one of the most powerful experiences I've ever had. When I came out of my trancelike state, I was smiling from ear to ear. Now I'm using her Petal Breath Collection at home, and I've turned colorist Brad Johns onto her. Each collection (there are 49) is a 21-day journey that helps you become aware of the higher qualities of seven key emotions: self-acceptance, forgiveness, silence, compassion, celebration, inner knowing and oneness. Practicing the Petal Breaths helps you to quiet the negative mind so you can experience freedom, harmony and self-love. There's nothing to do; your awakening just happens. To learn more about this amazing woman or to order your first Petal Breath Collection, visit ibreathelife.com.
Then, in July, I got to meet singer/songwriter Patty Griffin, a longtime favorite of mine. John Heffner, president and CEO of CND, talked her into singing for us at the Spirit of Life Awards in Las Vegas where he was honored for his philanthropic work. After the concert, which moved many of us to tears, he took me backstage to meet her. If you've never heard her sing, you don't know what you're missing. Both the Dixie Chicks and Emmylou Harris have covered her songs, which are inspired by classic R&B and gospel music. If you ask me, she's a national treasure. Check out her latest album, Children Running Through. —Marianne Dougherty, editor in chief, [email protected]