updated 11/16/2010 6:17:35 PM ET 2010-11-16T23:17:35

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Author and human potential leader Michael Fischman will be sharing his journey and offering insights into the mind and breath, on Wednesday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. There is no charge for the event, which highlights Fischman's book Stumbling Into Infinity: An Ordinary Man In the Sphere of Enlightenment (October 2010, Morgan James Publishing).

The book is a compelling narrative that blends remarkable spiritual experiences with an inner struggle and search for meaning. It joins a long tradition of spiritual memoirs that open readers to new experiences and ways of seeing the world.

On the surface, Michael Fischman appeared to be one of those people who had it all — a dynamic personality, fast-track career, expense account – but looks are often deceiving.

Growing up in the fast pace of New York City, the son of an Orthodox Jewish Holocaust survivor, Fischman had an oppressive upbringing that left him questioning life and his own self worth. As an adult, those insecurities and lingering doubts about the meaning of life led him on a years-long journey that ended with him in the unlikely position of friend and helper to an enlightened seer — humanitarian and spiritual leader His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Art of Living founder who got warring parties in India to lay down their arms after decades of bloody conflict). Fischman eventually becomes the U.S. head of Sri Sri's organization, which has become one of the world's largest volunteer-based NGOs.

As Deepak Chopra notes: "Michael Fischman's journey reveals how fears and negative emotions can be transformed into love, compassion, and higher consciousness when a student has an authentic relationship with a wise teacher."

With elements of Eat, Pray, Love and Autobiography of a Yogi, Stumbling Into Infinity affirms the growing awareness and influence of breathing, meditation, and yoga as a powerful resource for personal health, spiritual growth, and productive social interaction.

Several independent peer-reviewed studies have been published on the breathing techniques that Fischman refers to in his book, indicating that these techniques can have a profound effect in treating stress, all severities of depression, and improving health. Major corporations, schools, and even the military, have embraced the Sudarshan Kriya/Healing Breath breathing technique that Fischman now teaches.

"Every emotion has a corresponding rhythm of breath," says Fischman. "When we feel angry or happy, we breathe in a particular way. The breath is the link between the body and mind, and if used skillfully, it can be an easy way to quickly get over negative emotions and uplift people."

In addition to his personal challenges and triumphs, Fischman brings to life an organization that has not only had a tremendous impact on him personally, but one that fosters diverse humanitarian projects around the world, including disaster relief, conflict resolution, women's empowerment, prisoner rehabilitation, relief for traumatized veterans, environmental sustainability, and more.

In Los Angeles, several major community service projects are conducted by the Art of Living Foundation and its sister organization, the International Association for Human Values, including a program for veterans (Project Welcome Home Troops, which was honored with an award by the L.A.-based National Veterans Foundation), HIV/AIDS programs, and a special program called YES! (Youth Empowerment Seminar), which more than 3,000 high school students have participated in at Los Angeles High, West Adams Preparatory High, Hollywood High School, and APEX Academy.

For interviews with Michael Fischman, contact 310-351-2328. For background, visit www.StumblingIntoInfinity.com , www.ArtofLiving.org, www. SriSri.org, and www.iahv.org.


Michael Fischman is a leader in the field of personal development. He is one of the founding members of the nonprofit Art of Living Foundation, and has been assisting founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for 22 years, and serves as the president of the Foundation's U.S. operation. Fischman is also the president and CEO of The APEX Course (Achieving Personal Excellence), leading programs at some of America's leading corporations and institutions, including the World Bank, IBM, NASA, the United Nations, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Third Circuit Court, the Army National Guard, and many more. A native New Yorker, he currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. Stumbling Into Infinity is his first book.


Stumbling Into Infinity: An Ordinary Man In the Sphere of Enlightenment

By Michael Fischman Morgan James Publishing, October 22, 2010 • 296 pages • Trade paperback • Price: $17.95 • ISBN-10: 1600376487 ISBN-13: 978-1600376481 www.stumblingintoinfinity.com trailer: http://www.youtube.com

Morgan James Publishing was selected by Publisher's Weekly as the third-fastest growing publisher in tough times for 2009, for its leading creative thinking, significant accomplishments, and potentially momentous impact on the industry over the next decade.

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