Meet the Author: Priscilla Warner at Darien Library

26 Jan 2012

Priscilla Warner, author of Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life was our featured speaker on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. For 40 years, Priscilla Warner suffered from anxiety and panic attacks so debilitating that they left her unable to breathe. So when she read about Tibetan monks who had meditated so effectively that they were able to change their brains, Warner wanted in. Learning to Breathe chronicles Warner’s mission to rewire her brain and her body in search of her own “inner monk.” She tries spiritual chanting, meditative painting, restorative yoga, immersion in a Jewish ritual bath, and quasi-hallucinogenic Ayurvedic oil treatments. Meditating in malls instead of monasteries, Warner becomes a monk in a minivan and calms down long enough to examine her colorful family history in a new light, ultimately making peace with her past. This video ends just before the audience asks Ms. Warner questions.

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