Woodbridge’s Ana Wilkinson opens her heart about the amazing therapeutic treatment known as Breema.
“I first discovered Breema many years ago in California at a time when my life was very open and flowing, but not very balanced or grounded! For me, what stood out most about this practice making it so helpful is firstly, what an incredibly gentle and nourishing teaching it is – really nurturing kindness to and acceptance of oneself. Continue reading “How Breema Changed My Life by Ana Wilkinson”
Each morning I awake with a wish to use my energy wisely. I often lose sight of this goal as I enter into the day’s obligations. I pick up my phone to do something, only to find myself distracted and forgetful of what I needed to do in the first place. I bounce from one event to the next. Continue reading “Benefitting from Daily Distractions by Alexandra Johnson”
This afternoon I was watching a mother and child walking down the street. The baby was just learning to walk, and her mother was alert, leaning over her with each step. The look on the toddler’s face was of excitement and anticipation. Something in this scene stirred my emotions—I realized I was walking, completely unconsciously, taking the activity for granted. Continue reading “Approaching Life as a Beginner by Alexandra Johnson”
Learning to listen to yourself is an essential tool for parenting. This dimension of self-care is not often highlighted in parenting education. Considerations often focus on attending to kids, partners, and helping everyone function as a team. To truly be able to listen to others, however, and to create a cohesive family unit, you need to know where to begin. If you have the ability to start with yourself, then everything else has the potential to naturally fall into place.
As a parent, I see that if I am scattered and tense, odds are the rest of my household is also. When I see my surroundings have degenerated into chaos, it is a reminder for me to look at my own state. I can take a step back and remember the Breema Principle of No Force. I consider the irony—I am moments away from shouting at my children in order to get them to stop screaming. Continue reading “Self-Care in Parenting By Alexandra Johnson”
Our real feelings have no negativity. They have an inclusive quality that comes from Unity. All negativity we have in our ordinary feelings comes from outside of us. It’s not our own. Fear gives rise to negativity. A child who is sitting between a loving mother and father doesn’t know fear. When we bring body and mind together, our feelings experience it as if mother and father are present. That’s how Breema offers a true sense of security.
—from The Taste of Being Present by Jon Schreiber
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I have an opportunity, in each moment, to enter into health. The state of my body, mind, and feelings play a role in this, but not necessarily the one I have been conditioned to think. Growing up, I learned that if I had an illness, such as a flu or stomach troubles, I wasn’t well. Once the malady was treated and had passed, then I could call myself healthy again. Over time, this created a setup in which I began to feel healthy less of the time. As I got older and experienced more chronic issues, for example knee problems, thyroid dysfunction, or allergies, I was rarely able to consider myself in good health.
As a physician, I see patients of all ages with varying physical, mental or emotional conditions. Many times, those with acute illnesses relate to the state of their body with fear and anxiety. From childhood, we receive messages about how the body “should” or “shouldn’t” be. In the absence of questioning these preconceptions, we continue to live in reaction. As the state of the world often has us in crisis, this exacerbates a cycle of tension and stress.
Continue reading “True Health Means Harmony with Existence by Alexandra Johnson”