When Your Hand Touches, You Are Being Touched by Birthe Kaarsholm

Water dropping off the tip of a leaf creating subtle ripples in a shallow clear pond.

The culture at large has agreed that movement and exercise are necessary components to stay healthy and vital. How about touch?

Preparing to instruct a Self-Breema class online the other day, I was leaning my hands into my legs as the body rocked rhythmically back and forth. I have done this movement thousands of times before. This time, interested in the question about touch, as my weight leaned into the legs, I noticed that the whole body relaxed. Continue reading “When Your Hand Touches, You Are Being Touched by Birthe Kaarsholm”

Where Is Home by Birthe Kaarsholm

Translation available in Spanish

I was recently traveling in Europe teaching Breema workshops.

Halfway through the journey it became clear that I needed to make a decision whether to stay in Europe or to go back to the States. The borders were closing. A friend sent me an email asking, “Are you home? Where is home?”

I had just completed an introductory evening of Breema where a group of mostly new students had gathered to find out about Breema. The requirements for social distancing had not yet come to Stockholm. Still the influence of the media made the people a little nervous to get too close to each other. They were a bit apprehensive to find themselves in a group of strangers. Continue reading “Where Is Home by Birthe Kaarsholm”

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”