Deepening the Connection to the Body by Susan Mankowski

As my lifetime unfolds on this earth, I am discovering that there is more unknown about the body than known. This evolving mystery of who and what I am is no longer a search for me, but an invitation and reminder to come to an experience of myself that is direct, alive, and in this moment.

In the practice of Self-Breema, known as the Art of Being Present, information and concepts accumulated over the years from many systems of thought take a back seat to the exploration of body-mind connection. While my thinking often leads me to that fascinating inner terrain where speculation and imagination abounds, I have found that bringing the attention of the mind to the activity of the body, including the breath and weight, clears, calms, and opens my mind to a new ability to simply see what is in the moment and to be with it. Rather than seek meaning and purpose through the realm of thought, there is a possibility to enter into a dynamic and continuous process of being in and responding to life.

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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”

Coming Home to Yourself by Elaine Pendergrast

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.

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Supporting Harmony in Relationships by Alexandra Johnson

Lupin flowers in landscape

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”

Breema: Parenting with the Nine Principles of Harmony by Eileen Sendrey and Alexandra Johnson

The practice of Breema offers support for intentional parenting by providing practical tools for being present in everyday activities and interactions by unifying body, mind, and feelings. This article provides background and examples for how using simple principles such as No Judgment, Firmness, and Gentleness, and No Hurry/No Pause in daily life offers a means for self-care in the midst of a hectic day. This can provide an invaluable tool for modeling positive behaviors for children and offers the potential to be nourished, rather than drained, by the events of daily life. Continue reading “Breema: Parenting with the Nine Principles of Harmony by Eileen Sendrey and Alexandra Johnson”

Breema-Körperarbeit Achtsamkeit und Präsenz in der Berührung by Pari Schneider & Klaus Pfeiffer

Wir möchten Sie zu Beginn des Artikels zu einer kurzen Übung einladen. Setzen Sie sich dafür aufrecht und in einer bequemen Haltung hin und legen Sie Ihre Hände auf ihre Oberschenkel. Ihre Ellbogen sind entspannt. Nehmen Sie ihren Atem wahr und auch ihr Gewicht, wie es vom Boden und vom Stuhl getragen wird. Dann streichen Sie mit Ihrer rechten Hand und ganzer Beteiligung dreimal sanft und zugleich bestimmt von ihrer linken Schulter über ihren Oberarm, Unterarm, ihre Hand und über die Finger aus. Wiederholen Sie das Streichen nun mit der linken Hand auf der anderen Körperseite und spüren Sie anschließend die Wirkung der Übung. Continue reading “Breema-Körperarbeit Achtsamkeit und Präsenz in der Berührung by Pari Schneider & Klaus Pfeiffer”