Using Breema in My Professional Practice By Susan Mankowski

Breema is a comprehensive system of study in that it presents both a precise form of movement and also Nine Principles of Harmony, which become a support for the student to study how they are in their body, mind, and feelings while engaging in their activity. The bodywork and self-care exercises, practiced with the Nine Principles, give the student direction for unifying their body, mind, and feelings, in order to be more receptive and have tangible experiences of being present.

Having been certified in massage therapy since 1981, I personally know the benefits that Breema has brought to the years of my professional activity. In the 38 years of my clinical and private practice utilizing a variety of modalities, I did not have any repetitive stress injuries or time off due to stress or fatigue. Instead, in my practice and life, I have experienced a renewal of energy, and an increase of vitality, which has been both grounding and nourishing. Now, at 67 years of age, I am still able to instruct and give Breema treatments without negative impact to my well-being.

By practicing the Nine Principles of Harmony, I am able to bring more harmony to my life as well as to my professional practice. I have learned to find mutual support while using my whole body. I am able to move from my center using my natural weight and no force. Tuning into the comfort of another, I am reminded to stay within my range of comfort. When I become distracted by the concerns of others, I can bring the attention of the mind back to the activity I am engaged in the moment.  I drop the extra ideas and am free of expectations of what I think needs to happen in a session. Lastly, I bring acceptance to life through nonjudgment of both myself and another.

Susan Mankowski is a staff Instructor at the Breema Center who will be teaching a special Breema workshop on March 9th called Be As Simple As You Can Be. The workshop will be at the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice in Newton Centre, MA.

Friday, March 8th, Susan and visiting instructors will be hosting a complimentary class with free mini-sessions from 7-9pm at the same venue. Visit www.breema.info/boston for more information and/or to sign up .

Practicing Breema at an Intensive

Breema bodywork, Self-Breema exercises, and the Nine Principles of Harmony are natural expressions of the unifying principle of Existence. They provide ideal support for practicing body-mind connection and the art of being present.

Both new and experienced students from around the world come each year to study at Breema Intensives and to benefit from Breema’s practical approach to living harmoniously. This is what they say, “Practicing Breema gives me this incredible opportunity every time to connect to this wellspring of joy and gratitude. There is so much support to just come back to myself. It helps me in my daily life. It really just enriches my life in so many ways. Seeing and accepting but not judging myself.”

If you are interested in participating in or would like more information about the upcoming Breema Intensive, visit www.breema.info/intensive

Consciousness grows when you experience that you are conscious.

You may wish to be more conscious, to be present, to be connected. But there is one difficulty—consciousness cannot be developed unconsciously. Consciousness grows when you experience that you are conscious. How can we search for that experience if we’ve never had it? It takes a lot for us to come to the simple fact that we have no idea what consciousness is. It’s harder for us to accept that we are not conscious than to become conscious! Yet no understanding is possible without being conscious.

–from Real Health Means Harmony with Existence by Jon Schreiber www.breema.info/01222019

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A New Posture for Life is Needed for New Thinking, New Feeling by Roxanne Caswell

This morning as I finished doing a Self-Breema, I experienced a new energy in my body, clarity in my mind, and calmness in my feelings—a sense of, “I am here in This Moment.”

As my usual and habitual attitudes slipped into the background, willingness, gratitude, and love of life flowed into me. The confidence that I receive in this new dimension of myself always gives me insight into a meaningful and purposeful direction for my life. Continue reading “A New Posture for Life is Needed for New Thinking, New Feeling by Roxanne Caswell”

Striving towards the truth is endless.

The most important aspect of consciousness is the search for the truth. If you think “I have the truth,” that thought belongs to a level of consciousness that is not useful to you. Striving towards the truth is endless. The mountain of development has no peak.

–from Child of Existence, Child of Society by Jon Schreiber

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Acceptance saves your energy.

When you know what you are, not only do you accept what you’ve acquired, you can also use it. A good gardener can see weeds and smile, because he knows how to make compost out of them. When you find you can use everything that’s been thrown on top of you, you no longer hold anything against your parents, your upbringing, or society. Instead, you can have acceptance. Acceptance saves your energy. You become grateful for your life, because you can make compost out of the things you used to be stuck under.

–from Child of Existence, Child of Society by Jon Schreiber

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Supporting the world to move towards harmony…

We are like someone who’s lost in the desert. But instead of wishing for a little rain or a small pond, we wish the whole ocean was there. Part of our suffering comes from having so many unrealistic desires. We’re like little sparrows, but we want to be powerful eagles. We want to help the world, but we don’t see how much we need help.

See if you can help yourself, because actually, the world is you, yourself. What you can’t do for yourself, you can’t do for others. But you can always do something to help yourself, something tangible that you can experience.

You help yourself in the moment you become present. That’s how you can support the world to move towards harmony. This is good for us to understand. Then, we can express and manifest our care and concern for other people’s difficulties in a more supportive way. “I wish the best for the world”—that’s very good! But where am I now?

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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Everything deserves our thanks.

One thing we need to learn in life is to support whatever is supporting us. If we go down this road, our eyes and mind slowly open up, and we see that we’re supported by everything that exists. Then we can take an active posture in relation to this knowledge. We don’t need to make it mental. We can keep it simple. Just saying thank you is mutual support. Do you like your socks? Then just acknowledge you are thankful for them while you’re putting them on. That’s how simple it is. Everything deserves our thanks.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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Connection to that which is…

There is something phenomenal about Breema—it can enter into every aspect of human activity. If you are a baker, you can work with the Nine Principles and your bread will be a little different. If you are a carpenter, the home you build is a little different. If you are a mechanic, the car you fix is somehow different. The difference comes from your connection to that which is, because that connection is expressed in your activity. Breema is to make you aware of what you are in reality. To the extent you relate to the reality of yourself, others benefit from you.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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The reality of life flows moment after moment.

Everything exists to support everything that exists. This is the direction that leads to true happiness. Not happiness because of “this” or “that”—happiness that’s free from “this” or “that.” When you taste your own existence, it’s as if all your desires are fulfilled. You become free from desire, and therefore, free from fear. Fear and desire are two banks of the river. But the reality of life flows moment after moment, like the water in a river. When we jump into the water, we become free from the banks of the river. What we see doesn’t bother us, because we are in the flow of eternity.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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