Step 1: Assess.Your State of Being [Access the Free video class]
Step 2: Write 8 health goals, big and small.
1. Enjoy better walking.
2. Have less pain.
3. Have more energy.
4. Stop eating junk food.
5. Sleep better without night terrors.
6. Eliminate tremors.
7. Get rid of shoulder tension.
8. End back pain.
Step 3: Rewrite the 8 health goals framed in a positive way.
1. Enjoy better walking.
2. Move comfortably.
3. Benefit from more energy.
4. Eat more vegetables and protein.
5. Sleep restfully and have great dreams.
6. Develop muscle strength and control.
7. Soften and relax my shoulders.
8. Flex and extend my spine with ease.
Step 4: Make the goals measurable.
Step 5: Pull Out the Verbs
benefit and eat
sleep rest dream
develop and control
soften and relax
flex and extend
Step 6: Write 8 health goals using vivid action words and joints or parts of the body doing the action
walk enjoy move
smile in motion
energetically walk dance bicycle
gobble colorful vegetables crunch munch down proteins
lay quietly dream vigorously achieve momentum
orchestrate muscles like a symphony
soften lower calm shoulders
bend back and forth here and there with ease
Step 7: Write 8 goals using sensory words like red, soft, or tingling.
Balance and Flexibility
walk gently strongly balanced
over uneven surfaces
smile eyes twinkling in motion
bicycle round and round
gobble red apples green avocados yellow orange squash
a rainbow of vegetables
munch down cashews tortillas stir fried
shhh quietly sleeping dreaming
sunny warm dream delightful blue and green peaceful dreams
orchestrate strong muscles
bask in the loyalty of muscles following directions
shoulders sigh getting out from under the burden
tingling with success
bend back and forth soft and flexible
like green swaying bamboo
Step 8: Add something to your "poem" about the mind or brain, what you are thinking as you accomplish your goal.
Step 9: Write a poem as if you are describing yourself or another person doing the action.
Mind’s Eye Imagery
taking wide steps
sporting a twinkling smile
bicycling round and round
sleeping dreaming delightfully
flexing strong muscles
tingling with success
bending back and forth soft and flexible
Step 10: Write goal and a “poem” as if you have accomplished one of your goals.
Last week I started noticing the difference
strength balance on uneven surfaces
smiling I recall how far I have come
motion smooth and easy for me now
anything I want abundant energy walks dances and bicycles
around me as I move through the world
Red apples green avocadoes yellow orange squash
a rainbow of vegetables satisfy me as I dream
I remember last night's dream
vivid colors words swirling movements flowing like silk
in dreams and life I am master of my destiny
movement walking running even
head sitting on neck on shoulders strong
flexible bamboo green and healthy
better today than yesterday
Step 11: Notice what has changed in how you walk. Reevaluate. Walk and feel. How has each step changed?
Step 12: Post your final visualization or “poem” to the community board. Declare your vivid vision of the future.
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Win Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of LoveThree randomly selected winners will receive signed copies of this beautiful book! Enter now At Auburn Seminary.
Ecstatic love poems of Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi mystic born over eight centuries ago, are beloved by millions of readers. He has been compared to Shakespeare for his outpouring of creativity and to Saint Francis of Assisi for his spiritual wisdom.
The biography traces Rumi’s journey as a Muslim preacher and refugee who finds a new spiritual home with the disruptive appearance of Shams of Tabriz, who taught him to whirl and transformed him into a poet and mystic.
Their vital connection as teacher and pupil, friend and beloved, is one of the world’s greatest spiritual love stories.
Ambitious, bold, and beautifully written, Rumi’s Secret sets Rumi in context, explains his life long devotion to Islam and Muslim spirituality, and reveals the unfolding of Rumi’s devotion to a "religion of love," remarkable in his own time and made even more relevant for the twenty-first century by this compelling account.
The author is Brad Gooch whose other books include the biography of the Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor, Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor and City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O’Hara.
Turning on at work
darkest day just beginning
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Participate in the Touched By Parkinson's Poetry Contest. Open Until March 10, 2018
About the Editor, Kimberly Burnham, PhD (Integrative Medicine), award winning poet, and brain expert.
Kimberly Burnham (www.NerveWhisperer.Solutions) is an award winning poet and recently moved to Spokane, Washington. In addition to contributing to over 30 books of poetry (http://www.amazon.com/Kimberly-Burnham/e/B0054RZ4A0) she has a PhD in Integrative Medicine and specializes in using words, touch, and alternative medicine to help people with nervous system and visual disorders as well as autoimmune conditions and chronic pain.
As a member of the Inner Child Press Poetry Posse, which publishes a book a month on Amazon (24 so far), Kimberly has participated with three or more poems every month since March, 2014. The March issues of The Year of The Poet features five of her poems including I Awoke and Saw My Life. These poems are part of a Remembering the Future Series, where people send her seven goals they would like to accomplish in the future and she writes a poem as if it has already happened. http:/www.innerchildpress.com/kimberly-burham.php.
Kimberly is one of 10 poets in the Tiferet Poem-A-Thon who are part of a book (Auggust, 2015) entitled, 30 Poems in 30 Days: Writing Prompts & Poems from Tiferet Journal. Her poems can be found at http://tiferetjournal.com/april-2015-poem-a-thon/poems-by-kimberly-burnham including, Dear Stranger about her ride through Montana after leaving Spokane. It was published in the Summer, 2015 issue of the Tiferet Journal.
Several of her poems and an essay are published in Music, Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers, which she edited with Spokane rabbi and Gonzaga professor, Elizabeth Goldstein. http://www.amazon.com/Music-Carrier-Intention-Jewish-Prayers/dp/1937207137
A regular columnist for SpokaneFAVS, she explores the connection between healing, faith traditions, and alternative medicine on this multi-faith site. You can read her column at http://spokanefavs.com/author/kimberlyburnham .
With a PhD in Integrative medicine, Kimberly works with individual clients in person and via phone or skype. She writes extensively about health, healing the brain, and different aspects of social, emotional, and physical pain in our communities. She has written self-care books on Parkinson's disease, Sleep disorders, Huntington's Ataxia, Cold and Flu symptoms, Multiple Sclerosis, and Diabetes. In 2014 she spoke at the Spokane Pain Conference. http://issuu.com/kimberlyburnham/docs/spokane_pain_conference_parkinson
About Inner Child Press, World Class Publishers of a Higher Consciousness
Inner Child Press was founded by William S. Peters, Sr.. It is an author / poet / writer oriented publishing concern. Peters is a wonderful internationally acclaimed poet. He and his team fully understand a writer's needs and concerns when it comes to all aspects of the publishing journey. Inner Child Press specializes in poetry, prose, children's books and short stories. Please examine our extensive author, publishing, and promotion services. There is something here for every aspiring author to fit their dreams and their budget. Share in the magic ...
Recent books include: The Year of the Poet series, World Healing, World Peace, and Healing Through Words and Puzzled…When the Pieces Don’t Seem to Fit on Autism. Enjoy free copies of these eBook and many more.
Edited by Kimberly Burnham
Published by Inner Child Press (2018)
Deadline: March 10, 2018
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An Invitation to Participated in the Touched By Poetry Series: Parkinson's Disease
Have you been touched by Parkinson's disease? Here is an opportunity to share your story, wisdom, and experiences in poetic form. You don't have to consider yourself a poet. You do have to be willing to try something new and share your insights.
This book was created to enable people to share their story, imagine ways to move through life, and to provide a healing journey for the brain.
To participate send three poems and a two sentence bio with a url or link to your website (if you want) in an attached Word document to TouchedByPoetry@gmail.com
Twenty-five entries will be chosen for inclusion in the book entitled: Touched By Parkinson's, a Healing Journey Through Poetry to be published on Amazon. Another 50-60 participants will have one of their poems featured in the book to be edited by Kimberly Burnham and published by Inner Child Press.
This anthology is open to anyone who has Parkinson's disease, has a family member or friend with Parkinson's, works with people with Parkinson's or has in some way been touched by Parkinson's disease and wants to contribute their story and inspiration.
There is interesting research on the healing benefits of sharing your story, listening to other people with a similar condition and read the images a writer can create with poetry. Below are some poetry prompts, ideas, and some of the research that will be featured in the book.
Other topics being considered for future books in the Touched by Poetry series include: Multiple Sclerosis, Macular Degeneration, Down Syndrome, Huntington's Ataxia, Diabetes, Arthritis / Joint Pain, Osteoporosis, Autism, Breast Cancer, Addictions, Strokes / Heart Attack, Aids / HIV, and ... YOU can suggest a future topic if you would like.
Deadline is March 10, 2018 for entry.
Enter the contest now.
Tell Your Story in a Poem
Share: Tell your story related to Parkinson's disease, explain an experience, or share a feeling in poetic form.
Poetry Anthology Detail [Here] Submission & Contest Deadline March 10, 2018
Thoughts, Sensations, Actions
Thoughts, Sensations, Actions: Can you understand the words of a poem, experience the sensations evoked, and feel the movement in the action verbs in the story? Write a poem that includes your thoughts, sensation words, and action verbs.
"A growing body of evidence in cognitive science and neuroscience points towards the existence of a deep interconnection between cognition, perception and action. According to this embodied perspective language is grounded in the sensorimotor system and language understanding is based on a mental simulation process. This means that during action words and sentence comprehension the same perception, action, and emotion mechanisms implied during interaction with objects are recruited. Among the neural underpinnings of this simulation process an important role is played by a sensorimotor matching system known as the mirror neuron system. "The first is that the processing of action-related sentences causes the resonance of motor and mirror neurons encoding the corresponding actions. The second is that there exists a varying degree of crosstalk between neuronal populations depending on whether they encode the same motor act, the same effector or the same action-goal. The third is the fact that neuronal populations' internal dynamics, which results from the combination of multiple processes taking place at different time scales, can facilitate or interfere with successive activations of the same or of partially overlapping pools." — Chersi, F., S. Thill, et al. (2010). "Sentence processing: linking language to motor chains." Front Neurorobot 4."
Not everyone aspires to be a poet. Not everyone enjoys reading poetry but perhaps we should rethink the role of poetry in individual healing and brain health. Start at the beginning with the feeling—what is that feeling—that creates a stirring poem.
“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness," said Robert Frost.
Poems are also for finding those things that will shift the sickness and the despair into hope, inner peace, and a sense of freedom.
The Peace of Wild Things
by Wendell Berry
"When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”
Poetry, Storytelling, and Blood Pressure
Telling your story in prose or poetry is helpful in letting go of stress and to decrease blood pressure symptoms. This study showed that "storytelling is emerging as a powerful tool for health promotion in vulnerable populations. The storytelling intervention produced substantial and significant improvements in blood pressure for patients with baseline uncontrolled hypertension," according to Houston, T. K., J. J. Allison, et al. (2011). "Culturally appropriate storytelling to improve blood pressure: a randomized trial." Ann Intern Med 154(2): 77-84.
Who do you tell your story to? Whose stories do you hear? Try writing a short story or poem about an experience you have had.
“...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?” Vincent van Gogh
Recovery From Serious Illness
In a study that aimed to explore the effect of a poetry writing program for people who had experienced a serious mental illness researchers said, "Participants responded enthusiastically and each group demonstrated an increase in wellbeing over the course of their workshop, moving them from medium to low risk on the Kessler-10, a measure of wellbeing. Participants enjoyed the challenge of writing and the companionship of other group members. Psychiatrists are in a position to encourage patients who have experienced a serious illness to explore writing as a way of coming to terms with their experiences," according to Rickett, C., C. Greive, et al. (2011). "Something to hang my life on: the health benefits of writing poetry for people with serious illnesses." Australas Psychiatry 19(3): 265-268.
These studies seem to indicate that poetry writing and storytelling can contribute to physical and mental health. It can also help us connect to the reader or listener of our story and helps us imagine someone else's feelings during an experience they tell us.
“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet,” said Plato.
Dementia and Brain Power Help
An article in "Dementia" reported, "This article focuses on poetry interventions as one example of cultural arts interventions. The use of poetry might seem counterintuitive, given that people with dementia lose their language abilities and that poetry is regarded to be the most complex literary form. I argue that expanding on existing research on poetry interventions from a health and science perspective with a humanities approach will help illuminate how poetry works to enhance the exchange with people with dementia. Drawing on participant observations of poetry interventions by Gary Glazner (Alzheimer's Poetry Project, USA) at the New York Memory Center, I frame poetry interventions as a specific form of oral poetry in which people with dementia are positioned as cocreators of embodied texts and directly benefit from the power of the spoken word," said Swinnen, A. M. (2014). "Healing words: A study of poetry interventions in dementia care." Dementia (London).
Another study reported on a series of poetry writing workshops, "All of the women said that they benefited from the workshops, but their experiences differed greatly. Themes included competence and self-efficacy, personal growth, wanting to contribute and poetry writing as a way of coping with the progression of the condition. Creative activities such as writing poetry hold promise for enhancing the quality of life of people with dementia," according to Petrescu, I., K. MacFarlane, et al. (2014). "Psychological effects of poetry workshops with people with early stage dementia: an exploratory study." Dementia (London) 13(2): 207-215.
Poetry enhances the quality of life of people with dementia and perhaps anyone who writes or reads poetry. Do you know a poet? Ask them how their life is better because of poetry.
Are you part of a religious or spiritual community? Do you feel connected and understood by your neighbors? Do you feel like we are all part of the community of humanity?
There are some religious communities that are trying to convert people from other religious communities to their way of seeing the world and interacting with the powers that be in the universe. But more and more today, interfaith communities are springing up, perhaps in response to hate speech or bigotry and sometimes in an effort to be proactive and create peace.
Communities that are trying to convert people to their religious beliefs and interfaith communities are very different and have a very different impact of world peace.
Spokane, Washington has a very active interfaith community. Each month or so, the Spokane Interfaith Council creates an event called Meet The Neighbors. This month we met at the Islamic Center of Spokane. The purpose is education, an opportunity to see the inside of another religion's sacred space, and talk with people—one person to another. At events such as Meet The Neighbors it is easy to see that we all have a lot in common, we want our children to be safe from harm, we want to learn and grow in the world, have a warm home, and meaningful work and lives. After listening to the Muslim call to pray, members of the Muslim community share what is most beautiful about their religion. "That moment in pray when I connect deeply with my creator," said one man.
Several people in the audience quietly nodded in agreement. Past Meet The Neighbors events have taken place in Sikh temples, Jewish synagogues, Bahia (Muslim) centers. Next month we will visit a Native American center.
In early February there will be another event in Spokane designed to encourage dialogue and learning. As part of the Being Religious Interreligiously Lecture Series and in honor of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate (an encyclical from the Pope) at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, Dr. Amy Jill-Levine will be speaking on "Of Pearls and Prodigals: Hearing Jesus' Parables through Jewish Ears."
In an earlier interview with David Neff, Levine said, "In working with Christian congregations and clergy groups, I find an enormous interest in Jesus' Jewish context—how the parables would have sounded in Jewish ears and what the controversy stories suggest about early Jewish practice. I think that if Christians want to take the Incarnation seriously, they should also take seriously where and when and to whom it occurred. Hence the volume has 30 short essays on such topics as the Pharisees, the temple, the ancient synagogue, Jewish parables, Jewish miracle workers, Jewish beliefs in angels and the afterlife, Jewish family life, and so on. "The Jewish Annotated New Testament" also serves to correct unfortunate stereotypes of early Judaism that sometimes find their way into Christian preaching and teaching. It also addresses anti-Jewish teachings such as that all Jews are "Christ killers" or lovers of money or children of the Devil. The annotations provide historical contexts for the passages that give rise to such canards as well as note that the vast majority of Christians read their Bible as a text of love, not hate."
I also recently attended an Interfaith Havdalah presentation. Franciscan friar, Al Mascia and Steve Klaper, a cantor or Jewish musical leader ask Christians to come early to Catholic Vespers and Jews to stay after their Havdalah (Saturday night ending of the Jewish shabbat). "The Interfaith Havdalah is not a mixture of faith traditions; rather we are unique communities praying in each other's company," said long time friends and colleagues, Al and Steve.
As part of the Jewish Havdalah, Steve Klaper leads Mincha (afternoon prayers) and Maariv (evening prayers) with songs like Shalom (Peace) Aleichem (peace be upon you) and V'hi No'am which is taken from the 90th Psalm, noted Klaper, saying the Psalms are something both traditions have in common.
Making the transition from Jewish Havdalah to Catholic Vespers, the leaders ring a Tibetan bowl and encourage participants to take a deep cleansing breath. The candle in front of Friar Al is then lit and they sing "Upon the Lighting of the Lamp at Vespers". Other songs that are part of the Vespers service include "Rejoice, Rejoice" and "Shalom My Friends." Noting the inclusion of the song "Upon Giving Thanks for Incense," Brother Al explained that both the Jewish Havdalah and the Catholic Vespers has an olfactory or smell component.
As they close the service, Brother Al says, "Shavua Tov" wishing Steve a "good week" and Steve responds by wishing Al, "Shabbat Shalom" or a peaceful Sabbath.
"We light candles as an external expression of prayer, said Brother Al ending the event with a quote from the Sufi / Muslim poet, Rumi, "A candle doesn't lose its light by enlightening another candle."
The 13th century Persian poet also said, “Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field. I'll meet you there." And sometimes it is enough just to pray beside each other because as Rumi said, "When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”
Did you vote on my story in the SAGE USA contest: Red, White, Blue and Yellow? Check it out and let me know what you think. It is a poem from a collection I am working on (The Journey Home) from my bicycle ride across America with Hazon.
Thank you to everyone who voted in the SAGE Story contest! We are proud to announce that Story #1 is the winner. Congratulations!
1. Red, White, Blue, and Yellow.
A story by Kimberly Burnham, PhD, a 56-year-old lesbian who bicycled 3000+ miles across America on the 2013 Hazon Cross USA.
Many things are frightening
on a Cross USA bicycle ride
a truck may come within inches
seeming for a moment not to see me
or a car that doesn't want to share
the road full of cracks and pot holes
visibility equals life
so does vigilance
Awareness and attention keep me alive
on this journey
even so I am scraped up from a fall
my attention lapsed
as I crossed a railroad track.
my concentration, my focus on the journey
may wander from time to time
but me, I am not hard to see
in my red, white, and blue Hazon jersey
mile after mile from Seattle to Washington, DC
People can see who I am
and I wonder about discrimination
our "People of the Bike" jerseys
clearly marking us as Jews
we ride through rural America,
where white church steeples dot the landscape
conservative Christian billboards scream messages
then across the Mississippi
into the diversity of the densely populated East.
Completely white my hair peaks out
from under my bicycle helmet
I wondered if I might die
before my 56th birthday in Minnesota
at the half way mark across America.
looking at me anyone can see
the years of experience before this ride
Experiences in communities,
in the world,
in America teach me
how to create a sense of safety
to live passionately
visibility equals life
waves of emotion
as my attention flows to those around me
finding the common ground
sharing the road along the way
My bicycle marked with symbols
my choice, a rainbow flag
a blue square with parallel yellow rectangles
the equality sign of the Human Rights Campaign
I am riding out in rural America
Okay, I'll give you I am a little scared
it's a little daunting to think
I might be the target of hate
but proud of my choices
and this country in which
I can choose whom to love
and wear a giant yellow and blue equals sign
on my back knowing some people will recognize
I am a lesbian
The ones that don't know
the symbols on my sleeve
are not part of my community
my chosen family
still they are welcome to join me
on the crossing as I look
for how we can connect
and be seen together because
visibility equals life.
Kimberly Burnham, PhD (Integrative Medicine)
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