Nourishment for the life around us…

Every year, a tree has to show some new growth. New branches, new buds, new leaves—something new has to be there. We also need to show some yearly growth, some “income” from the expenditure of our energy. We need to have some new understanding, some new insight into the meaning and purpose of life. A tree bears fruit. We, too, need to provide nourishment for the life around us.

–from Real Health Means Harmony with Existence by Jon Schreiber www.breema.info/05142019

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Bringing Harmony into Daily Life by Luna Lacey and Elaine Pendergrast

What is Breema?

Breema is an art: the art of being present. As a practice that nurtures the wholeness of the individual, Breema has the profound effect of supporting students to experience their body, mind, and feelings working together in unity. As that experience becomes familiar, students become more available to live fully in each moment and experience the harmony that comes from that. Continue reading “Bringing Harmony into Daily Life by Luna Lacey and Elaine Pendergrast”

Your appetite for a more meaningful life.

We can nurture our feelings by doing small things—things we find rewarding while we’re doing them, without an emphasis on outer approval. If you like to draw, spend a few minutes drawing a picture. If you like to sing, sing for your own enjoyment. As your feelings are nurtured, they begin to ask you to do things which you’re genuinely interested in, like really listening to the sound of the water you’re boiling for tea. Or to really look at the birds outside your window. Once your feelings begin participating in your life, your mind starts to yearn for good food, too. Instead of automatically looking at the news and mechanically watching or reading whatever is there, it may ask you to choose something that’s of real interest to you. By nurturing your feelings, you can support your appetite for a more meaningful life.

–from Real Health Means Harmony with Existence by Jon Schreiber www.breema.info/04302019

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Your body is not just matter.

Your body is not just matter. There’s a lot more to it. It has an emanation. When you do Breema, your direction is to come from the passive to the active state, by bringing body and mind together, and from the active state to the receptive state, in which body, mind, and feelings work together in harmony. That receptivity enables you to receive verification (through taste) of the fact that you have a body. Through your own receptivity, the recipient may also become receptive to their own body’s existence. When both practitioner and recipient have this receptivity, their emanation creates an atmosphere, a field. That atmosphere supports both to experience real health. In this way, Breema goes beyond the simple laws of arithmetic. One plus one becomes “two-plus.”

–from Real Health Means Harmony with Existence by Jon Schreiber www.breema.info/04162019

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…all three parts of you can work together.

To give yourself a bit of a “buffer” for adapting to all of the things that are not in your control, you need a body that is less tense and more flexible, so it can help your mind and your feelings. Gradually, your mind and feelings also become interested in helping your body. Then, when a shock is received from the outside, all three parts of you can work together to balance it, and three can deal with it much better than one alone can. This way, misery doesn’t grip you for so long. Your reactions don’t drain all your energy. That’s one of the benefits of Breema. You can take Breema into your day, and deal with things logically, because your mind is clear. You can be more grounded, because your feelings are balanced. Your natural sense of humor can express itself. You can be more joyful, because your body is much more free of tension.

–from Real Health Means Harmony with Existence by Jon Schreiber
www.breema.info/04022019

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The Practice of Being Present by Luna Lacey

Mindfulness, meditation, and being present are popular topics. Decreased stress and tension, increased energy, clearer thinking, more connection, authentic relationships, better health, sharper memory, lower blood pressure, and less anxiety are all part of the appeal. But to experience these positive effects in our life, a commitment is necessary to start and then sustain a practice of being present. 

Breema offers a three-fold approach that supports us to enter the present moment. Breema leaves nothing out. There are Nine Principles of Harmony to work with the mind, bodywork and self-care exercises to work with the body, and an essential teaching of nonjudgment to work with the feelings. Continue reading “The Practice of Being Present by Luna Lacey”

The only thing you can do is become available…

Don’t think that you are free to be whatever you wish, just like that. In order to become what you truly wish to be, you must follow universal principles, principles of Truth. The only thing you can do is become available, so you can receive truthful knowledge. Even after you receive it, don’t think it’s yours. The moment you claim it’s yours, you lose it. Have you ever seen a firefly? This little insect is very beautiful. It gives light through its tail, and only for a brief second. We can learn two things from it: one, your mind cannot give you light. And two, light can only be created for a tiny second.

–from Real Health Means Harmony with Existence by Jon Schreiber www.breema.info/03192019

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A Practical Approach to Advice in Parenting by Alexandra Johnson

My son came into my room the other night in a panic, after watching a movie about the state of the world. He asked me what he could do to help. I wished to answer him in a way that could support him to find strength and confidence within himself.

I realized that to help him develop his own sense of direction, and not just give him my agenda, I have to look at how and where I find guidance. I know that when I try to tackle the world all at once, I find myself exhausted and frustrated. But if I can remember the principle of Single Moment/Single Activity, then I have a chance to approach each activity with Full Participation. Instead of a looming forest of responsibility, I have the potential to prioritize and bring my full attention to each event of my life. Continue reading “A Practical Approach to Advice in Parenting by Alexandra Johnson”

Acceptance is the beginning of understanding.

What happens when you accept someone? When you accept someone, you create an atmosphere in them of well-wishing towards you. You have well-wishing for whoever accepts you. Acceptance is the beginning of understanding. When someone is accepted, they don’t hold so much extra around themself. They are simpler. You have more of a chance to relate to them as they really are.

–from Real Health Means Harmony with Existence by Jon Schreiber www.breema.info/03052019

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Using Breema in My Professional Practice By Susan Mankowski

Birthe Kaarsholm practicing Breema at the Breema Center in Oakland California

Breema is a comprehensive system that includes a precise form of movement based on the Nine Principles of Harmony. These principles support the student to experience “how they are” in their body, mind, and feelings, moment by moment, while engaged in any activity. The bodywork and self-care exercises express the principles and give the student a way to bring body, mind, and feelings to work together. This creates a tangible “taste” of unity in the moment that can change one’s experience of life. That’s why Breema is known as the Art of Being Present.”

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