Many years ago, I read an article in the Yoga Journal about Breema bodywork. At the time, I was searching for anything that would help me during a “healing crisis.” What stood out for me most was the statement that Breema supports the body not by fighting sickness, but by increasing vitality! This statement was quite shocking and revolutionary for me at the time, because I’d been completely focused on everything that wasn’t working as I thought it should. So, when I read that statement, I felt that there were, in fact, still aspects of me that really were okay. Not only was I still alive, but a deeper part of me was also functioning. I recognized that while the body was in distress and trying to regulate itself, my mind was suffering from worry and anxiety, and my emotions were in turmoil. Yet, here I was, alive and breathing! The Breema phrase about increasing vitality was having an impact on how I thought about myself and about healing—in a positive new way. Continue reading “Healing by Increasing Vitality by Arlie Mischeaux”
As I was cleaning my house one afternoon, I began daydreaming about all the other places I would rather be. I saw that I was lost in my thoughts and wished to come out of the past and future, and into an experience of this moment. I decided to fold the laundry with Single Moment/Single Activity. I approached the activity as if I were doing a Self-Breema exercise. I stayed with my breath, experiencing the weight of the body sitting on the floor. I folded each piece of laundry with interest in how my body was stretching, leaning, and rocking. Continue reading “Self-Breema in Daily Life by Alexandra Johnson”
Recently, waiting for the traffic light to turn green, the urgent thought “better hurry up!” came, with its familiar twinges of anxiety. I spontaneously took an impression of myself as I sat there, trying to hurry while sitting still: mind, convinced I should be closer to my destination than I was, and that somehow I was wrong to be where I was and not somewhere else; feelings, afraid of being late, critical of myself; and body, generally constricted, breathing shallowly, pronounced tension in belly and shoulders.
Fortunately, the Breema principle of “No Hurry/No Pause”came to mind, inspiring me to do as I do when doing Self-Breema or giving someone a Breema session—get the mind to drop its concept (“I should be elsewhere at this time”) by asking it to take on the task of registering the presence of the body. I did that, was nurtured by it, and felt grateful to be alive. Continue reading “Be Where You Are by Mary Cuneo”
While at the grocery store the other day ready to check out, I looked from line to line doing my best to figure out which line would be the quickest. I waited anxiously for my turn as I continued to scan the other lines to determine if I had made the “right” choice. Still considering if I should make a last minute change, I began to unload my groceries on the conveyor belt just as the cashier asked for a price check over the store intercom. Frustration and anxiety were my first reactions before realizing there was nothing I could do to change my current situation, but there was something I could do to change my relationship to it. Continue reading “Relating to Life in This Moment by Steve Brodsky”
A client came to see me for a consultation last week. She was frightened about the condition of her body, and had researched her concerns and options thoroughly. The more she spoke, the more tense she became. As I listened to her, I experienced the tension in my own body. I saw that I was identifying with her suffering as if it was my own.
I recognized that instead of feeling bad for her situation, I could offer support by fully listening to her, without commentary. I connected to my breath and the weight of my body on the ground. I put my medical mind on hold, not trying to ‘fix’, or ‘change’ the state of her mind, body, or feelings. Continue reading “Body-Mind Connection Anchors You by Alexandra Johnson”
After chopping apples for several minutes, I scooped them into a bowl and the movement of my arms reminded me that I have a body. I stood in front of the table briefly, and let that fact sink in. I recognized that from the time I started preparing apples until then, my mind was lost in thoughts about the future, and my feelings shifted quickly from one reactive state to another.
Nurses need support for staying balanced in the midst of their demanding jobs, so they can deal with stress, avoid burnout, and nurture their own health. Here’s how three nurses, all long-time Breema students, described how Breema has been of benefit to them.
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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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”
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”