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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You support life, and your life is supported.

Breema supports you to relate to yourself as Being-existence, as part of one whole, unified Existence, without thought, without philosophy. That could become your posture towards life. You could take that posture with you and go visit your family. In the atmosphere of that posture, there is harmony. You go to the coffee shop, to a restaurant, to a friend’s, you wash your dishes, clean your kitchen—that atmosphere always emanates harmony. You support life, and your life is supported.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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Mutual Support: Cultivating a Relationship With Others by Relating to Yourself by Birthe Kaarsholm

Recently I took a few days off, and was looking forward to having some time to myself, and time for introspection to balance the outer demands of everyday life in the city.

I was standing in the kitchen. It was apparent that most of the day would be spent in cooking and getting the house ready for guests. There was a lot of resistance that manifested as tension in the body—this was not what I had envisioned! I saw there was irritation towards the people around me and it was clear I was not contributing to the atmosphere in a positive way. I was standing in front of the stove stirring the pot cooking rice pudding. The movement of stirring reminded me to connect to the body. I saw that the moment before, I had been completely caught up in thoughts and emotional reactions to what was going on in my head and not at all participating in what I was doing. As I continued to stir the pot, the aliveness of being present with this simple activity was nurturing. Then I was present in myself, and from that taste of presence, I was able to relate to the people around me more constructively. Continue reading “Mutual Support: Cultivating a Relationship With Others by Relating to Yourself by Birthe Kaarsholm”

Whatever you’re doing, let it become complete…

Whatever you’re doing, let it become complete. Let each movement in Breema be one complete movement. When you wash dishes, pick up one plate and wash it, then put it away and pick up another one. When you walk, let one step mature on the ground, then, without pause, take another step. This way, you are present with yourself.

–from The Taste of Being Present 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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Supporting and receiving support from the entirety…

Nothing exists without the principle of Mutual Support. A carpet maintains its form by the support each knot gives all the other knots. A cup is a cup because every atom, through the principle of Mutual Support, supports all the other atoms to hold together. Look at a tree—the branches, trunk, fruit, leaves, and flowers have one thing in common that connects them—the sap. When a branch gets disconnected from the tree and the sap, it no longer has life. Likewise, if we lose our connection to the consciousness in the life force, we are not truly alive. We don’t know who we are, and we look to others to tell us! When you know you are being supported, you wish to support. And you can’t support just one thing, because there is no such thing as “one thing.” Nothing in the entire universe has separate existence. Everything is interrelated and interconnected. If you give support to one cell, you are supporting and receiving support from the entirety. This is so obvious, but you can’t know it by thinking it. You know it by tasting it is so.

–from The Taste of Being Present by Jon Schreiber

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The most precious gift you can give…

Don’t be afraid to connect to people. It’s the most precious gift you can give. When you have some interaction, some contact with people, connect to them. That increases your life force and supports them, too. When you connect, what you see of someone with your eyes is not important. Their name, where they’re from, and all the information your mind can collect about them is not important. What’s important is that you both exist in this moment. That’s connection.

–from The Taste of Being Present by Jon Schreiber

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