Write (action filled words) poetry for better brain health. This is what the research is saying ...
"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."
Are you right or left or bilaterally dominant when it comes to language? We can now tell with a verb generation task and an MRI.
A recent study looked at a reliable assessment of language lateralization in people with epilepsy prior to neurosurgery. "In 76 patients with epilepsy, a language lateralization index was calculated using the verb-generation fMRI task over a wide range of activation thresholds (from a permissive threshold, analyzing all brain regions, to a harsh threshold, analyzing only the strongest activations). The data were classified using a probabilistic logistic regression method. Concordant results between fMRI and Wada lateralization were observed in 89% of patients. Bilateral and right-dominant groups showed similar fMRI lateralization patterns differentiating them from the left-dominant group but still allowing classification in 82% of patients. These findings present the utility of a semi-supervised probabilistic learning approach for presurgical language-dominance mapping, which may be extended to other cognitive domains such as memory and attention."
A crucial aspect of neurosurgery within or close to eloquent cortex is the preoperative identification of brain regions involved in a number of cognitive, sensory, or motor tasks. In the presurgical assessment of language, both the localization38 and lateralization28,32 of functional areas are essential for the prevention of postoperative deficits such as aphasia and dysarthria. More specifically, assessing language lateralization in patients with epilepsy is challenging and complex because of their atypical language network. Language structure among this group tends to be more variable,40 less lateralized,11 and more subject to plasticity effects21 as compared with a healthy population.
Participants were asked to produce a verb that related to the nouns being presented. "Functional MRI examinations included 2 verb-generation tasks (auditory and visual), during which patients were asked to covertly generate a verb in response to various nouns being presented. The verb-generation task has been found to be reliable in prompting repeated activation of language areas in many fMRI studies10,15,45 and has been widely studied as part of a presurgical mapping protocol.35,36 Additionally, in comparison with alternative fMRI paradigms, the verb-generation task has been shown to be the task most highly correlated with Wada laterality results.36 Twenty-one common Hebrew nouns were presented in blocks of 7 nouns, with each block requiring 20–22 seconds. Each of the 7 nouns in a block was presented for 500 msec, with an interstimulus interval of 2–3 seconds. Rest periods of 20–30 seconds were provided between the blocks, and the entire test lasted 204 seconds. For the auditory task patients listened to a recording of nouns using a headset. For the visual task a set of pictures depicting objects were shown to the patient on a computer screen (with a white background).
- Gazit, T., F. Andelman, et al. (2016). "Probabilistic machine learning for the evaluation of presurgical language dominance." J Neurosurg 125(2): 481-493.
The Poetry Posse 2018
The Year of the Poet project was the brain-child of Jamie Bond and William S. Peters, Sr. The original vision was to commit themselves to writing and publishing a book a month for the year of 2014. In further discussion the vision expanded to include the other Gifted & Talented Writers you see below. The objective is to bring the Poetry Community together with the various cross demographic representations found in Gender, Religion, Geography, Culture and Ethnicity. We hope you enjoy the myriad of perspectives represented here. Thank You, Inner Child Press International.
Gail Weston Shazor. This is a creative promise ~ my pen will speak to and for the world. Enamored with letters and respectful of their power, I have been writing for most of my life. A mother, daughter, sister and grandmother I give what I have been given, greatfilledly. Author of "An Overstanding of an Imperfect Love" & Notes from the Blue Roof Lies My Grandfathers Told Me available at Inner Child Press.
Caroline 'Ceri Naz' Nazareno-Gabis born in Anda, Pangasinan known as a ‘poet of peace and friendship’, is a multi-awarded poet, journalist, editor, publicist, linguist, educator, and women’s advocate. Graduated cum laude with the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education, specialized in General Science at Pangasinan State University. Ceri have been a voracious researcher in various arts, science and literature. She volunteered in Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society, TELUS World Science, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Vancouver Aquarium. She was privileged to be chosen as one of the Directors of Writers Capital International Foundation ( WCIF ), Member of the Poetry Posse, one of the Board of Directors of Galaktika ATUNIS Magazine based in Albania; the World Poetry Canada and International Director to Philippines; Global Citizen’s Initiatives Member, Association for Women’s rights in Development ( AWID ) and Anacbanua. She has been a 4th Placer in World Union of Poets Poetry Prize 2016, Writers International NetworkCanada ‘’Amazing Poet 2015’’, The Frang Bardhi Literary Prize 2014 (Albania), the sair-gazeteci or Poet-Journalist Award 2014 (Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey) and World Poetry Empowered Poet 2013 (Vancouver, Canada).
Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo is a multi-awarded and an Internationally-Published Contemporary Author/Poet and a Professional Writer / Creative Writer / Feature Writer / Journalist / Travel Writer from the Philippines. She has 2 published books, "Seasons of Emotions" (UK) and "Inner Reflections of the Muse", (USA). Elizabeth is also a coauthor to more than 60 international anthologies in the USA, Canada, UK, Romania, India. She is a Contributing Editor of Inner Child Magazine, USA and an Advisory Board Member of Reflection Magazine, an international literary magazine. She is a member of the American Authors Association (AAA) and PEN International. Web links: Facebook Fan Page https://free.facebook.com/ElizabethEsguerraCastillo Google Plus https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ElizabethCastillo
Tzemin Ition Tsai (蔡澤民博士) was born in Taiwan, Republic of China, in 1957. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and two Masters of Science in Applied Mathematics and Chemical Engineering. He is an associate professor at the Asia University (Taiwan), editor of “Reading, Writing and Teaching” academic text. He also writes the long-term columns for Chinese Language Monthly in Taiwan. He is a scholar with a wide range of expertise, while maintaining a common and positive interest in science, engineering and literature member. He has won many national literary awards. His literary works have been anthologized and published in books, journals, and newspapers in more than 40 countries and have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Shareef Abdur-Rasheed, AKA Zakir Flo was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His education includes Brooklyn College, Suffolk County Community College and Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He is a Veteran of the Viet Nam era, where in 1969 he reverted to his now reverently embraced Islamic Faith. He is very active in the Islamic community and beyond with his teachings, activism and his humanity. Shareef’s spiritual expression comes through the persona of "Zakir Flo." Zakir is Arabic for "To remind". Never silent, Shareef Abdur-Rasheed is always dropping science, love, consciousness and signs of the time in rhyme. Shareef is the Patriarch of the Abdur-Rasheed Family with 9 Children (6 Sons and 3 Daughters) and 41 Grandchildren (24 Boys and 17 Girls). For more information about Shareef, visit his personal FaceBook Page at https://www.facebook.com/shareef.abdurrasheed1 https://zakirflo.wordpress.com
Kimberly Burnham, Phd (Integrative Medicine) Nerve Whisperer. Find yourself in the pattern. As a 28-year-old photographer, Kimberly Burnham appreciated beauty. Then an ophthalmologist diagnosed her with a genetic eye condition saying, "Consider life, if you become blind." She discovered a healing path with insight, magnificence, and vision. Today, 33 years later, a poet and neurosciences expert with a PhD in Integrative Medicine, Kimberly's life mission is to change the global face of brain health. Using health coaching, Reiki, Matrix Energetics, craniosacral therapy, acupressure, and energy medicine, she supports people in their healing from brain, nervous system, and chronic pain issues. As managing editor of Inner Child Magazine, Kimberly's 2019 project is peace, language, and visionary poetry with her recently published book, Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program
Jackie Davis Allen, otherwise known as Jacqueline D. Allen or Jackie Allen, grew up in the Cumberland Mountains of Appalachia. As the next eldest daughter of a coal miner father and a stay at home mother, she was the first in her family to attend and graduate from college. Her siblings, in their own right, are accomplished, though she is the only one, to date, that has discovered the gift of writing. Graduating from Radford University, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Early Education, she taught in both public and private schools. For over a decade she taught private art classes to children both in her home and at a local Art and Framing Shop where she also sold her original soft sculptured Victorian dolls and original christening gowns. She resides in northern Virginia with her husband, taking much needed get-aways to their mountain home near the Blue Ridge Mountains, a place that evokes memories of days spent growing up in the Appalachian Mountains. A lover of hats, she has worn many. Following marriage to her college sweetheart, and as wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, tutor, artist, writer, poet and crafter, she is a lover of art and antiques, surrounding herself, always, with books, seeking to learn more. In 2015 she authored Looking for Rainbows, Poetry, Prose and Art and in 2017, Dark Side of the Moon. Both books of mostly narrative poetry were published by Inner Child Press and were edited by hulya n. yilmaz.
Teresa E. Gallion was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and moved to Illinois at the age of 15. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Illinois Chicago and received her master’s degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She retired from New Mexico state government in 2012. She moved to New Mexico in 1987. While writing sporadically for many years, in 1998 she started reading her work in the local Albuquerque poetry community. She has been a featured reader at local coffee houses, bookstores, art galleries, museums, libraries, Outpost Performance Space, the Route 66 Festival in 2001 and the State of Oklahoma’s Poetry Festival in Cheyenne, Oklahoma in 2004. She occasionally hosts an open mic. Teresa’s work is published in numerous Journals and anthologies. She has two CDs: On the Wings of the Wind and Poems from Chasing Light. She has published three books: Walking Sacred Ground, Contemplation in the High Desert and Chasing Light. Chasing Light was a finalist in the 2013 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. The surreal high desert landscape and her personal spiritual journey influence the writing of this Albuquerque poet. When she is not writing, she is committed to hiking the enchanted landscapes of New Mexico. You may preview her work at http://bit.ly/1aIVPNq or http://bit.ly/13IMLGh
Hulya N. Yilmaz, a retired Liberal Arts professor, hülya n. yılmaz [sic] is Co-Chair and Director of Editing Services at Inner Child Press International, and a literary translator. Her poetry has been published in an excess of sixty anthologies of global endeavors. Two of her poems are permanently installed in TelePoem Booth, a nation-wide public art exhibition in the U.S. She has shared her work in Kosovo, Canada, Jordan and Tunisia. hülya has been honored with a 2018 WIN Award of British Colombia, Canada. She is presently working on three poetry books and a short-story collection. hülya finds it vital for everyone to understand a deeper sense of self and writes creatively to attain a comprehensive awareness for and development of our humanity. hülya n. yılmaz, Ph.D. Writing Web Site hulyanyilmaz.com Editing Web Site hulyasfreelancing.com
Nizar Sartawi is a poet, translator, essayist, and columnist. He was born in Sarta, Palestine, in 1951. He is a member of literary and cultural organizations, including the Jordanian Writers Association (Jordan), General Union of Arab Writers (Cairo), Poetry Posse (U.S.), Inner Child Press International (U.S.), Bodgani (Belgium), and Axlepin Publishing (the Philippines). He has participated in poetry readings and international forums and festivals in numerous countries, including Jordan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Palestine, Morocco, Egypt, and India. Sartawi’s poems have been translated into several languages. His poetry has been anthologized and published in many anthologies, journals, and newspapers in Arab countries, the U.S., Australia, Indonesia, Bosnia, Italy, India, the Philippines, and Taiwan. Sartawi has published more than 20 books of poetry and poetry translation. His last poetry collection, My Shadow, was published in June, 2017 by Inner Child Press in the U.S. For the last seven years, Sartawi has been working on poetry translation from English to Arabic and Arabic to English. This includes his Arabic poetry translation project, “Arab Contemporary Poets Series” in which 13 bilingual books have been published so far. He also has translated poems for a number of contemporary international poets such as, Veronica Golos, Elaine Equi; William S. Peters; Kalpna Singh-Chitnis; Nathalie Handal, Naomi Shihab Nye; Candice James; Ashok Bhargava; Santiago Villafania, Virginia Jasmin Pasalo; Rosa Jamali; Taro Aizu; Fahredin Shehu, and many others.
Alicja Maria Kuberska an Awarded Polish poetess, novelist, journalist, editor. She was born in 1960, in Świebodzin, Poland. She now lives in Inowrocław, Poland. In 2011 she published her first volume of poems entitled: “The Glass Reality”. Her second volume “Analysis of Feelings”, was published in 2012. The third collection “Moments” was published in English in 2014, both in Poland and in the USA. In 2014, she also published the novel - “Virtual roses” and volume of poems “On the border of dream”. Next year her volume entitled “Girl in the Mirror” was published in the UK and “Love me,” “(Not )my poem” in the USA. In 2015 she also edited anthology entitled “The Other Side of the Screen”. In 2016 she edited two volumes: “Taste of Love” (USA), “Thief of Dreams” ( Poland) and international anthology entitled “ Love is like Air” (USA). In 2017 she published volume entitled “View from the window” (Poland). She also edits series of anthologies entitled “Metaphor of Contemporary” (Poland) Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines in Poland, the USA, the UK, Albania, Belgium, Chile, Spain, Israel, Canada, India, Italy, Uzbekistan, Czech Republic, South Korea and Australia. She was a featured poet of New Mirage Journal (USA) in the summer of 2011. Alicja Kuberska is a member of the Polish Writers Associations in Warsaw, Poland and IWA Bogdani, Albania. She is also a member of directors’ board of Soflay Literature Foundation.
Swapna Behera is a bilingual contemporary poet, author, translator and editor from Odisha, India .She was a teacher from 1984 to 2015 . Her stories, poems and articles are widely published in National and International journals, and ezines, and are translated into different national and International languages. She has penned four books. She was conferred upon the Prestigious International Poesis Award of Honor at the 2nd Bharat Award for Literature as Jury in 2015, The Enchanting Muse Award in India World Poetree Festival 2017, World Icon of Peace Award in 2017, and the Pentasi B World Fellow Poet in 2017.. She is the recipient of Gold Cross Of Wisdom Award ,the medal for The Best Teachers of the World from World Union of Poets in 2018, and The LIfe time Achievement Award ,The Best Planner Award, The Sahitya Shiromani Award, ATAL BiHARI BAJPAYEE AWARD 2018, Ambassador De Literature Award 2018 .She is the Ambassador of Humanity by Hafrikan Prince Art World Africa 2018 and an official member of World Nation’s Writers Union ,Kazakhstan2018. At present she is the manager at Large, Planner and Columnist of The Literati, the administrator of several poetic groups ,the member of the Special Council of Five of World Union of Poets and the Cultural Ambassador of Inner Child Press U.S.
William S. Peters, Sr. Bill’s writing career spans a period of over 50 years. Being first Published in 1972, Bill has since went on to Author in excess of 40 additional Volumes of Poetry, Short Stories, etc., expressing his thoughts on matters of the Heart, Spirit, Consciousness and Humanity. His primary focus is that of Love, Peace and Understanding! Bill says . . . I have always likened Life to that of a Garden. So, for me, Life is simply about the Seeds we Sow and Nourish. All things we “Think and Do”, will “Be” Cause and eventually manifest itself to being an “Effect” within our own personal “Existences” and “Experiences” . . . whether it be Fruit, Flowers, Weeds or Barren Landscapes! Bill highly regards the Fruits of his Labor and wishes that everyone would thus go on to plant “Lovely” Seeds on “Good Ground” in their own Gardens of Life! to connect with Bill, he is all things Inner Child www.iaminnerchild.com Personal Web Site www.iamjustbill.com
Warren G. Bennis said, "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." Bennis, founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California is also chairman of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School. His most recent book is Geeks & Geezers.
It is the translating that can be challenging but, if you can really see in the first place, along with the obstacles you can see the opportunities to translate your vision of the future into a reality enjoyed by many.
I see you!
Four things have to happen, in order to clearly say, "I see you!" Is it difficult for you to see your colleagues, clients, strangers, potential friends, or supportive team members in a positive light? For many people struggling as they age with both eyesight loss and a decline in business insights, one of these four vision elements are often missing or damaged.
Part One: Lights and Color
The light reflecting off your face has to reach my eyes, traveling undistorted through the cornea, the pupil, the lens, the vitreous fluid until it reaches the retina and the central portion of the retina, the macula.
Simple exercises and guided visualizations that improve the way your eyes take in light improves your ability to see clearly the street signs on a dark rainy night, the expression in a delighted customer's face, and the print in an innovative book. Tools and techniques that improve your eye health and function eliminates the pain of dry eyes and the headaches induced by strained fatigued eyes as well as the pain of missed opportunities and a lack of clear focus.
Part Two: The Pathway: The Retina, the Macula and the Brain
In the eye, the retina, the macula, the rods and the cones turn colorful light waves (energy) into electrochemical signals (matter) which travel along the nerves. Each new signal strengthens an old rut or lays down a new pathway. Fifteen or twenty years ago, a neurologist might have said, the macula or central nervous system part of the retina, the brain and spinal cord can't heal but today's research and the experience of thousands of individuals indicates that all these parts of the nervous system can heal.
Tools and techniques that improve brain health improve your ability to see clearly, coordinate eye movement so that you can judge the distance between your bumper and mine. It also enables you to respond to boundaries and relationships and remember what you have read or seen. Using exercises, cross word puzzles and good nutrition that support your nervous system health can improve your vision and help you avoid Alzheimer's disease or forgetting the details of an advertising campaign.
Part Three: Pattern Recognition, Visual Memory and Assigning Meaning
Once the electrochemical information arrives in the occipital area (visual cortex in the back of the head), the limbic system (protective part of the brain) and the amygdala (emotional centers in the brain) and the hypothalamus (balance and sleep-wake regulation centers) the process of recognizing the pattern and assigning meaning to the information begins. This happens almost instantaneously in the healthy brain, where what is before you right now is coordinated with visual memories, past experiences and emotions.
Alternative medicine techniques, brain health exercises and learning a new language can all contribute to improved cognition, learning abilities, and pattern recognition. Why is pattern recognition important? It allows you to avoid car accidents by improving your ability to see the flow of traffic and where your opportunities lie. It allows you to recognize people and places that are familiar and helps you feel safe and included. It allows you to use visual information, what you see to plan where you place your foot for the next balanced step as well as recognizing the kindness in a stranger's face.
In fact, it is now estimated that visual perception is 80 percent memory and 20 percent input through the eyes. In other words, "sensory information is not transmitted to the brain; it comes from it," said Richard Gregory in ‘Brainy Mind', British Medical Journal, 19 December 1998, issue 317: pp. 1693–1695
Part Four: The Action: Visual Coordination and Response
The final step in really seeing the people and things around you, is the response as you translate the bits of light, chemicals and electrical impulses pulsing through your brain, as well as the interpretations and meanings you assign the images into an action or into reality. Your response might be to move your arm muscles and reach out to shake a person's hand or congratulate them with a pat on the back. Your response might be a facial expression that conveys happiness, disgust, fear or another emotion. The success of your leadership depends on how you convey your response to what you perceive. Is your response, the response you want to convey? Are you seeing what you want to see in terms of progress in your business?
In your response is also the element of hand-eye coordination, of balancing the light and color you take in with your other sensations and experience. Vision and visual perception forms the basis for physical prowess and your ability to move in the world. Your visual ability influences the way you take the stage at a conference or walk into an important business meeting.
You response might feel warm or cold to a colleague as they see you and your response to them, to their expressions in the world. And so when I see you and you see me there is a fork in the road with the potential for something beautiful or a sense of alienation.
Most Americans report that, of all disabilities, loss of eyesight would have the greatest impact on their daily life, according to a recent survey by the NIH's National Eye Institute (NEI). Fear of vision loss ranks ahead of loss of memory, speech, arm or leg, and hearing. After all, 80 percent of the sensory information the brain receives comes from your eyes.
How clearly do you see the bits of light? What is the state of the tissue, electrical networks and chemical soup between your ears? How are you interpreting what you see and assigning meaning?
Do you see me? Or your colleagues, customers and clients? Or the opportunities and resources around you supporting your business?
What do you see and what does it mean?
- Originally Published in The Catalyzed Leader.
Kimberly Burnham, PhD
Published in over 100 books, Kimberly Burnham is a writer, poet, and complementary medicine practitioner. She authored Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program for people interested in improving their brain clarity, creativity and muscle movements. Her current project focuses on color words, the brain and vision health designed to assist people in seeing better. Kimberly's Ph.D. (Integrative Medicine) considered manual therapy techniques (Integrative Manual Therapy, Matrix Energetics, Acupressure, Reiki) and health coaching for people with Parkinson's disease. She is an avid gardener and environmentalist, who bicycled 3000 miles across the U.S. in 2013. Kimberly Burnham is the managing editor of Inner Child Magazine and on the board of The United World Movement for Children. For a brain health coaching phone consultation or an appointment in Spokane, Washington contact Kimberly at https://www.nervewhisperer.solutions/ or email her at NerveWhisperer@gmail.com.
Kimberly Burnham, PhD (Integrative Medicine)
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I am looking for guest blog opportunities and a position as poet-in-residence. My current project is writing dictionary poems using words in different languages for the English word "peace." You can read some of my poems on Poemhunter .
As poet-in-residence I would write poems on different words in different languages and broadcast them throughout the social media blogosphere. Each poem would link back to your site where the word or language appeared.
I would expect some sort of stipend and a six month to one year placement. Please contact me for details if your organization is interested in having a poet-in-residence to help get your message out. Nervewhisperer@gmial.com
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