Reconnecting with Yourself by Alexandra Johnson

Breema Pracitioner giving a Breema bodywork to comfortable recipient.

Yesterday, after spending the day in computer meetings, I noticed how low my energy was, as well as my mood. Yet when it came time to go to bed, I found myself aimlessly scrolling on my phone.

Today I taught a virtual Self-Breema class. I saw how, over the course of the class, my energy began to increase. Even though the class was online, my focus was inward, and not out at the screen. As I tapped on my legs as part of the exercise, I experienced the vitalizing effect of receiving Breema. This deepened when I worked with relaxing my hands and brought in the principle of No Hurry/No Pause.

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Healing by Increasing Vitality by Arlie Mischeaux

Bright yellow sunflower

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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”

Self-Breema in Daily Life by Alexandra Johnson

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”

Be Where You Are by Mary Cuneo

Mary Cuneo practices Breema bodywork with a receptive client.

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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”

Off the Mat and Into the Marketplace by Susan Mankowski

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Body-Mind Connection in Daily Life

I first heard the term “body-mind” in the ‘70s while in the Milwaukee University dance department. I was introduced to many evolving approaches that explored the interaction between these two parts. During that time, I learned how to use the mind as a tool to discover the nuances of sensory-based states, conditions, and stored experiences in my body. These methods are currently the roadmaps for the field of somatic practice.

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I Want to Be More Present in my Life by Eileen Sendrey

I want to be more present in my life;

I want to be more present with myself;

I want to be more present with my family and friends;

I want to be more present at work or school.

What does that mean? How do I do that?

Presence is the matrix through which we experience all aspects of our human experience. It is fundamental to all relationships with oneself, family and friends, work-life, a sense of meaning and purpose in life and connection to community, nature and to the divine. When we are “present” our mind body and feelings are working together in alignment and we experience more peace and clarity. Without presence we don’t know that we actually exist, nor do we have access to any real information or understanding of what is happening with ourselves or anyone else. Anyone who cultivates presence in their own life and work can, with acceptance, empathy and understanding, relate to others more easily. Continue reading “I Want to Be More Present in my Life by Eileen Sendrey”

Relating to Life in This Moment by Steve Brodsky

Beautiful sky with birds flying over dock on calm water

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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”

Everything needs the correct energy.

When you do your job properly, things work. When you don’t, they don’t. It’s as simple as that. Everything needs the correct energy. You need to relate to each person with the right energy if you want your interaction to move in the direction of greater harmony. Say you have a key chain with 100 keys on it. Each key will open one specific lock. You can’t just use any key—you need the right one, which you can find by being present. You have to see what you wish and move towards it. Then life becomes an art.

–from Real Health Means Harmony with Existence by Jon Schreiber www.breema.info/07232019

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The foundation of health is acceptance.

Your aliveness is healing. Aliveness doesn’t come from your mind. It comes from your Being. Transformation of energy is possible first through the body, then through the feelings, and lastly through the mind. Whatever is in the mind and the feelings, we allow it to be. Breema doesn’t try to get rid of anything. Breema doesn’t focus on sickness, because the foundation of health is acceptance.

–from Real Health Means Harmony with Existence by Jon Schreiber www.breema.info/07092019

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Body-Mind Connection Anchors You by Alexandra Johnson

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”