The heart always sees in totality.

Living from the heart means your Being is manifesting. The heart never loses track of the meaning of that which is. The heart itself is that is-ness. The first step is to be with the body. When your mind and body are together, the heart contributes its presence. You are what you see in the mirror, but you are also what produces that image. If you see both, you are seeing from the heart. The heart always sees in totality, not in separation. The mind is fragmented, but the heart is unified. Living from the heart means living in unity. Full Participation brings you to the heart. Body Comfortable brings you to the heart. No Extra, No Judgment, Mutual Support, No Force—each of the Nine Principles of Harmony brings you to the heart. The Nine Principles are the emanation of the heart.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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When the mind is connected to the body…

Our health is constantly affected by what we think. Like our clothing, our way of thinking covers our body and affects it. But our thoughts are based on self-interest, and when we live in the past and future, we never have a new thought. In order to become healthy, we need to have a healthy mind. When we are present, we can have new thoughts. This is possible only when the mind is connected to the body.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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What can I do to be more available?

At any time, you could ask yourself, “What can I do to be more available?” For one thing, you could bring the attention of your mind to the process of inhalation and exhalation. When your mind registers the effect of inhalation and exhalation on your body, it becomes quieter. The quiet mind is like gold, but we exchange it for noise and rubbish. If someone is sitting quietly near you, you may think they don’t like you, because we’re addicted to noise. But inner quiet makes us receptive to what is given to us, moment by moment, by the flow of the life force within us. The life force is like the sap that flows through all plants. Without it, they all die. For the sap to flow correctly, we have to be in touch with it—we have to experience it. We experience it through taste. Taste begins with body and mind working together in harmony.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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The more connected you become, the more vibrant your life becomes.

When you go into a forest, you see many, many trees growing, filled up with life. Where does all that life come from? Those trees are alive because sap is flowing through them. It’s the same with us. There is one energy. You have to be connected to it. The more connected you become, the more vibrant your life becomes. In that vibrancy, your mind functions with more intelligence, your feelings with more presence, and your body with more ability. If, through taste, you get to know this life energy, you gradually become connected to the Source that created it.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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To move from war to peace, we need to learn the art of acceptance…

Stating it very simply, we are either at war or at peace in life. And in war, we lose. Even if it looks like we’ve won, we haven’t. In war, everyone loses.

We don’t know it, but we are at war with ourselves. We always wish to be something we’re not. We wish others to be different, to change according to our liking. We are at war with our food, critical of what we eat, or critical of ourselves for eating it. We are conditioned to always be at war.

To move from war to peace, we need to learn the art of acceptance. But acceptance is not a mental phenomenon—it can’t be learned from words, concepts, or philosophy. We learn it by experience—that’s the language of Breema.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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Conscious energy can be received.

In the street, there’s constant noise from many cars going by. Those are like our thoughts—they’re from mass consciousness. When you stay with the process of inhalation and exhalation, the traffic thins out. At some point, it looks like there’s no traffic. That’s when the feelings join the mind and body. Conscious energy can be received. Begin by asking your mind to stay with the process of inhalation and exhalation. Start with three minutes a day, preferably in the morning. When you are ready, increase it to four minutes. The mind that’s free of thoughts, the mind that doesn’t live in the past and future, isn’t something you just have. You have to work for it.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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Breathe, and come to your body.


We have judgment because we have a “judge.” This judge gets its authority from two places—the past and the future. That’s where it lives. When you come to the present, the judge has no authority at all. In fact, when you come to the present, there is no judge.

You may say, “I am always in the past and the future—I can’t let go of them just like that. Isn’t there some step I can take?” The answer is yes. Breathe, and come to your body. When you don’t know how to let go of the judge, breathe. Stay with your inhalation and exhalation. It may take a few breaths, but eventually you can let the judge go.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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In the absence of fear and worry…

You have Body Comfortable in the absence of fear and worry. Why are we always worried? Because of the thoughts that pass through our mind. When you’re not experiencing your body inhaling and exhaling, it means you are having thoughts. You can’t tell your mind “Don’t think!” and so you can’t order yourself to not worry, to not be afraid. But you can say to your mind, “You have a job. Your job is to stay with the process of inhalation and exhalation.”

–from The Taste of Being Present by Jon Schreiber

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A true sense of security…

Our real feelings have no negativity. They have an inclusive quality that comes from Unity. All negativity we have in our ordinary feelings comes from outside of us. It’s not our own. Fear gives rise to negativity. A child who is sitting between a loving mother and father doesn’t know fear. When we bring body and mind together, our feelings experience it as if mother and father are present. That’s how Breema offers a true sense of security.

—from The Taste of Being Present by Jon Schreiber

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