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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Using Breema in My Professional Practice By Susan Mankowski

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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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

Health means wholeness.

Health means wholeness. You can look at health as a large meadow, a large field. When water flows and reaches every part of that field, it is healthy. When energy flows to every part of our body, we are healthy. When there is a problem, you may begin searching for where the energy hasn’t reached, where it is stuck. But when your diagnosis leads you to a single cause, you’re moving away from the truth. In the interconnectedness and interrelatedness of everything that exists, can you find a single cause for anything? When you look correctly, you find that the cause of any particular thing is everything! That’s why Breema doesn’t diagnose. But to have health, energy does need to flow. So Breema advises us that the best and most effective way to deal with a problem is to increase vitality.

–from Real Health Means Harmony with Existence by Jon Schreiber www.breema.info/02192019

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…to have new thoughts, new feelings, a new posture towards life.

Breema offers the possibility of transforming yourself into an instrument that can receive Conscious energy. Otherwise, we only receive energy mechanically, which means we’re always in the past or the future. That’s why we don’t know that we are. We can’t know that unless we are fully present. We practice Breema to get a brand new taste of our existence, to have new thoughts, new feelings, a new posture towards life.

–from Real Health Means Harmony with Existence by Jon Schreiber www.breema.info/02052019

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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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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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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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Including the Body in Psychotherapy Practice by Angela Porter

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”