I attended my first Breema workshop many years ago at a time when no “notes” were given. Instead, we were to take an impression and use what comes alive for us—a novel way to learn for me! Although I come from a life-long dance background, having begun ballet lessons at age two and with BA and MA degrees in dance and dance therapy, I wondered, “How will I remember these exercises and sequences?” Continue reading “Life Touching Life by Rolinda Schonwald”
Even though the pandemic has compromised us bodyworkers, many unexpected benefits have emerged. Prior to the recent online offerings, I attended a Self-Breema class at the Center maybe once a year. Now, I can participate three or four times a week and, with this more regular practice, I feel increased connection to students and instructors from around the world.
The experience of “coming to the body” is not something that I ever thought would be my saving grace. But time and time again, when life presents challenging circumstances, “coming to the body” supports me. That support starts when I register my body is breathing or my body has weight. These two tools bring me out of a reaction to life’s events and into a relationship with myself. From that place of relating to myself, I am able to relate to the circumstances that present themselves from the perspective of connection and well-wishing.
Any condition of the body, mind, and feelings can support you. Discomfort invites us to look at the state of things, to explore what is needed to increase vitality. There is actually no such thing as dysfunction—what we see as such is the process of the body finding balance in an unbalanced environment. Continue reading “Everything Serves a Purpose by Alexandra Johnson”
Seven weeks ago, as my co-workers were moving their office equipment into their homes and getting setup to work from home, I found myself on the internet researching how to use online meeting technology. Little did I know that a few weeks later, our office would stand empty and all of our in-person classes would be canceled for the near future. A few of us took to the computer screens and began practicing how to use this new online meeting application called Zoom.
After twenty years of participating in and teaching Breema and Self-Breema classes, the initial experience of doing Breema online was unusual. Continue reading “New Environment—Same Atmosphere by Luna Lacey”
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”
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.
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”
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”