Breema is a teaching of the heart, an expression of the unifying principle of Existence. Its purpose is to create harmony and balance between your mind, feelings, and body, and in your relationship to yourself, to others, and to all life.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Beyond Unplugging—to fully participate in life we need to be present

If you work with any of the Nine Principles during the day, you have much more energy. We receive energy from food, drink, and impressions. But our energy reservoir is determined by our posture towards life, our attitude, the way we think about life, the way we feel about it, the way we sense it, the way we perceive it. —Breema and the Nine Principles of Harmony by Jon Schreiber
Turning off our devices to take time for ourselves and for non-digital communication and connection is an important step for all of us. At the same time, we need to do something to be present and available, to come out of our habitual preoccupation with what we think and feel, into a direct experience of life in the moment.

We usually live in disconnection, caught in thoughts about life, reacting to those thoughts, and full of tension in body, mind, and feelings. This is part of the reason that the distraction of the digital world is so attractive—it’s a very effective way to avoid experiencing how we are. It gives us an imaginary relationship to others and allows us to project an imaginary image of ourselves.

When we unplug, how are we then? Are we still caught in our ideas about the world? Are we still projecting an image to others of what we’d like to be? Or are we using the act of unplugging to truly experience the moment of life we are living?

If we wish to fully participate in life we need to be present. And to be present, the simplest and most reliable step we can take is to bring body and mind to work together in whatever we’re doing. When body, mind, and feelings are working together, we become present in the moment and have an entirely new relationship to ourselves, to other people, and to life.

Breema is all about this process. We work with Nine Principles of Harmony that point us again and again in the direction of being present moment after moment. The bodywork and movement exercises are an engaging and nurturing way to begin to practice bringing body and mind together. They also support non-judgmental, non-manipulative interaction and connection with other people. Eventually we can discover it’s possible to be present even when we are engaged with digital technology! With these experiences we see a possibility of living our day-to-day lives with greater meaning and purpose. But we have to take the first step of bringing body and mind together over and over again.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Water flows from the mountain down toward the ocean. It is not anxious to get there, nor is it sorry when it’s just begun to flow. Just going through each step of the process, the drop of water has the joy of being a part of Existence in the form of a drop.

Every moment, we can embrace the whole of Existence by simply being present.

—excerpted from Freedom Comes from Understanding by Jon Schreiber