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”

Supporting Harmony in Relationships by Alexandra Johnson

Lupin flowers in landscape

At a recent gathering, two guests began a conversation that created a palpable tension in the room. I was asked what I thought, and saw the pull to present my opinion to the group. Then I remembered the principle of Firmness and Gentleness. If I spoke without forethought, there was the possibility of erring on the side of too much Firmness, increasing the polarization. If I stayed passive, the dialogue could likewise continue to be increasingly reactive. I placed my hand on the shoulder of one of my kids, who was standing next to me. I wished to have Firmness and Gentleness in my touch. Continue reading “Supporting Harmony in Relationships by Alexandra Johnson”

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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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”

Moving from Complication to Simplicity by Elaine Pendergrast

Like many of you, I can barely keep up with the demands of life: my job, a house with three cats, a social circle of long-time friends and neighbors, a large garden with chickens, bees, and a rabbit (okay, so most of you don’t have those), and my own health and well-being. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and find myself standing in the kitchen with no idea of what to do first, as happened a few nights ago.

At times like that, I know I have to prioritize, but in order to do that, I need to be centered and clearheaded. To help me become more present and available, I turn to the tools that have helped me in so many circumstances, those that I gained from my study and practice of Breema. Continue reading “Moving from Complication to Simplicity by Elaine Pendergrast”

Our mind, feelings, and body are tools.

Our mind, feelings, and body are tools. If a gardener has all his tools, and doesn’t know how to use them, what value do they have?

When you are more conscious, you use your tools correctly. You use mind when mind is needed, feelings when feelings are needed, body when body is needed. When you use your mind correctly, body and feelings are in it. When you use feelings correctly, mind and body are participating with them. When you use your body correctly, mind and feelings are there, too. If you use any of these three correctly, the other two are in it. Consciousness connects each of them to the other two.

If you remember this image, it will help you a lot: there is a triangle—one point is mind, one is feelings, one is body. In the center of the triangle is taste. Each of the three points connects to the other two via that center point.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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Including the Body in Psychotherapy Practice by Angela Porter

Breema Bodywork at the Breema Clinic in Oakland California

Doing graduate work at The Wright Institute allowed me to assimilate my life experience with my desire to become a clinician capable of navigating the increasingly complex mental health needs of our society. Before becoming a therapist, I was a substance abuse treatment counselor for many years, and I studied Gestalt and Body Psychotherapy as a work scholar at Esalen Institute, with some of the great pioneers in the field.

Mulching fallen trees after a storm at Esalen, I injured my back and was referred to the Breema Clinic in Oakland. My back healed, but there was more; I began to experience a sense of cohesiveness, presence, calmness, and clarity that I had never experienced before. Continue reading “Including the Body in Psychotherapy Practice by Angela Porter”

Breema: Parenting with the Nine Principles of Harmony by Eileen Sendrey and Alexandra Johnson

The practice of Breema offers support for intentional parenting by providing practical tools for being present in everyday activities and interactions by unifying body, mind, and feelings. This article provides background and examples for how using simple principles such as No Judgment, Firmness, and Gentleness, and No Hurry/No Pause in daily life offers a means for self-care in the midst of a hectic day. This can provide an invaluable tool for modeling positive behaviors for children and offers the potential to be nourished, rather than drained, by the events of daily life. Continue reading “Breema: Parenting with the Nine Principles of Harmony by Eileen Sendrey and Alexandra Johnson”

Conscious energy in yourself…

There are two ways to look at your body. You can look at it as a teacher you can learn from. And you can look at it as a child you need to care for.

Combining these two ways of looking brings you to a correct relationship to your body. And from there you can also find a correct relationship to your mind and feelings. When these three are in unity, you become familiar with Conscious energy in yourself, which allows you to see things as they are.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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