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
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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."
Synchronizers are reflex points from a system of wellness developed by Sharon W. Giammatteo (Integrative Manual Therapy).
There are several synchronizers associated with the thalamus (sensory and pain center for the body).
One way to use synchronizers is to put one hand on the painful area and the other hand on the synchronizers. The hands can be your hands or another person's hands connecting the two places.
Another way to use synchronizers is to put one hand on the synchronizers and the other hand on the area of the brain or body that is associated with that synchronizer. An access point for the thalamus is at the right and left temple area of the head.
These synchronizers may also be connected to the Fibromyalgia points (ie) one hand on the synchronizer and the other hand over one of the fibromyalgia pain points (shown below).
All of these point are beneficial for someone with fibromyalgia, chronic pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy or an acute injury.
Integrative Manual Therapy Synchronizer points for the Thalamus and Eliminating Pain
1. Heart, all aspects
2. Superior surface of the talus bone at the ankle.
3. Right side of the head where the face meets the upper part of the head (cranial vault).
As you rest for 5-30 minutes making these connections you can also do visualizations or motor imagery.
Motor imagery or guided imagery would be imagining the area of the body where you have pain receiving an increase in blood flow, nutrients and warmth. You can also imagine moving your body in a pain-free way or visualize someone else doing the movements you want to be able to do pain - free.
Fibromyalgia Pain Points
Exercise Tip: Go outside in the morning light and look around at things that are moving in time: swaying trees, cars, people, flying birds, waving flags. Feel for the beating of your heart or the rhythm of your breathing. Do you feel yourself in sync with the universe?
People complain about being slaves to time—being on time. There is a clock inside each of us—our brains, our bodies, right down to our cells—that is syncing up every moment to the world around us. Our cells and brain notices the words we use and the way the light changes as the sun circles the sky.
"If we’re having lunch, you and I will unconsciously pick up our forks more or less at the same time. There’s a great study about two people playing the game WhackAMole. Even though they were competing against each other, their movements fell into synch, even at the expense of losing points. They would unconsciously work toward this synchrony. If I watch a video of two people talking, I will be able to tell, unconsciously, how friendly they are, based on the extent to which their movements fall into synch with each other," said Alan Burdick, speaking about his book, Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation.
In movies where it seems that a child is mimicking the actions of an adult the actors are actually doing the opposite because it is easier for the adult to mimic what the child is doing than to ask a five year old to adjust the flow and rhythm of how they move, even if the scene is portrayed that way.
Try this: pair up with someone, stand facing each other, and take turns following the other person's hand movements. How hard is it? Do you get better over time?
Many rhythms in the body, known as circadian rhythms or circa (about) dian (a day) regulate our physiology on a 24 hours cycle. The most prominent cycle is the sleep-wake cycle. When these rhythms are disrupted the ability to sleeping deeply and waking up rest and ready to go, suffers. In a 2016 article researchers noted, "Circadian rhythms modulate many physiologic processes and behaviors. Circadian disruption [in rats] induced by constant light exposure has been discovered to produce pathophysiologic [disease] consequences after brain injury. Our results showed that 14 days of constant light exposure after TBI significantly worsened the sensorimotor [sensation and muscle movement] and cognitive deficits, which were associated with decreased body weight, impaired water and food intake, increased cortical lesion volume, and decreased neuronal survival [further brain damage]. Our novel findings suggest that light exposure should be decreased and circadian rhythm reestablished in hospitalized TBI patients." (Li, D., S. Ma, et al. (2016). "Environmental Circadian Disruption Worsens Neurologic Impairment and Inhibits Hippocampal Neurogenesis in Adult Rats After Traumatic Brain Injury." Cell Mol Neurobiol 36(7): 1045-1055.
Our relationship to time can be balanced by paying attention to the kind and amount of light we are exposed to. Sunlight in the morning and no screens for at least the 30-60 minutes before we plan to go to sleep are a key to sleeping better.
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Burnham, Kimberly (2017 03 01). "Balancing the Brain and Being On Time." ABI Magazine, Acquired Brain Injury https://abimagazine.wordpress.com/.
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