"Poetry can be used to increase brain function, helping people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia; decrease or eliminate pain, supporting people with chronic pain issues; and elevate mood, engaging and lifting people with mood disorders." [Read more at Trish Hopkinson's blog, The Selfish Poet] https://trishhopkinson.com/2019/02/14/health-healing-and-peace-through-narrative-poetry-guest-blog-post-by-kimberly-burnham-phd/
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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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Conscious Musings About Attachment to Stuff Kimberly Burnham, PhD (Integrative Medicine)
In the process of moving, I have been thinking a lot about stuff. What to move? What to take? Where to put it between here and there? Where there should be? What I can live without and what I need to live? What is important? The last year has been an interesting journey...
Read More on the Raising Consciousness Now online magazine https://www.raisingconsciousnessnow.com/single-post/2016/12/06/Conscious-Musings-About-Attachment-to-Stuff?
Kimberly Burnham's Latest Community of Humanity Column
25. Healing and the Poet's Brain March, 2016
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 .... [Full Article] @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #interfaith #spirituality #communityofhumanity #neurotheology Enjoy the October, 2014 cover story featuring Kimberly Burnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/feature-of-the-month.php and see her poetry at http://www.innerchildpress.com/the-year-of-the-poet.php
#Healing #Poet #Brain #World #Peace #Healing #CommunityOfHumanity by #KimberlyBurnham #InnerChildPress Magazine http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php
24. Role of Interfaith Group in World Peace February, 2016
Role of Interfaith Group in World Peace 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 ... [Full Article] @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #interfaith #spirituality #communityofhumanity #neurotheology Enjoy the October, 2014 cover story featuring Kimberly Burnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/feature-of-the-month.php and see her poetry at http://www.innerchildpress.com/the-year-of-the-poet.php
Role of #Interfaith Groups #World #Peace #Healing #CommunityOfHumanity by #KimberlyBurnham #InnerChildPress Magazine http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php
23. A Happy New Year the Neurotheology of Dopamine, January, 2015
A Happy New Year the Neurotheology of Dopamine. This year eat, sleep, move your body, meditate, sing, love and if you can do it in community even better. According to Kenneth Blum et al (2015) “Finding happiness may not only reside in our genome [genetic material or genes] but may indeed be impacted by positive meditative practices, positive psychology, spiritual acceptance, love of others and self, and taking inventory of ourselves-one day at a time.” [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #dopamine #parkinsonsdisease #neurotheology
22. On Motivation, Let Go of Carrots and Sticks December, 2016
On Motivation, Let Go of Carrots and Sticks ... Why do we do things? What motivates you? Do rewards or punishments motive you, truly? If we want peace and success in this world for all communities and for all people, what do we have to do? Recent world events have shown how people try to motive others. The problem ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #motivation # peace #neurotheology
21. Pattern Recognition at the Parliament of World's Religions November, 2015
Pattern Recognition at the Parliament of World's Religions. Bowls of colored sand stood ready on October 15th, 2015. Across the hallway people were preparing vegetarian food. Hanging from the walkway ceilings were flags and banners with quotes on peace, the environment, and faith. A walking mediation labyrinth was being laid down in bright blue tape. Stages ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #2015Parliament #peace #neurotheology
20. Inside, Seeing From the Fourth Dimension October, 2015
Inside, Seeing From the Fourth Dimension. If you draw a four sided square on a piece of paper, it is said to be a two dimensional object. It has length and width but not height. Of course a piece of paper does have height, so it is not truly a two dimensional object but for our purposes we will think ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #vision #peace #neurotheology
19. Thriving on the Beauty in Diversity September, 2015
Thriving on the Beauty in Diversity. There is value in enjoying our differences and similarities. When everyone is the same life is boring. Our brains are not excited if all we can see is one kind of tree or all we can buy is one kind of car, which is the same as everyone else's. Sameness also increases competition ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #diversity #beauty #neurotheology
18. The Source of Peace August, 2015
The Source of PEACE. With the 4th of July celebrated in the US, I have been thinking about war and peace and how we separate ourselves from one another and how we build our communities. My contribution to the monthly poetry anthology, The Year of The Poet II from Inner Child Press focused on peace and the first three quotes in this column. Albert Einstein said, "Peace cannot be kept by ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #peace #poetry #neurotheology
17. Inside and Outside July, 2015
Inside and Outside. Who Are We Exiling? "Is it true you used to be a Mormon?" He was tall, dark, and handsome with a bright warm smile. "Yes" I said to the man who was on Benay Lappe's Queer Talmud Retreat with me.
"Me too!" He said as we explored what we had in common. ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #exile #LDS #neurotheology
16. Connection to the Earth June, 2015
Connection to the Earth. Two years ago I was bicycling through Spokane, Washington on a 3000 mile Cross-USA trip from Seattle to Washington, DC. In the last two years I moved across the country from Connecticut to Washington state and this spring just moved into a new house with trees and land for a large garden. Sponsored by Hazon which means vision in Hebrew, the bicycle adventure ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #earth #connection #neurotheology
15. Vignettes May, 2015
Vignettes ... Words shared can cause joy and pain, delight and laughter, misery and despair and ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #stories #connection #neurotheology
13. Finding the Faces of My Community April 2015
Finding the Faces of My Community ... When I look into your face do I see a predator or prey, a friend or enemy, are you trustworthy or ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #stories #faces #neurotheology
12. Neurodiversity March 2015
Neurodiversity ... We have agreed to call a certain wave length of light: RED but we can't know if we see it the same... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #stories #neurodiversity #neurotheology
11. Chronic Pain From An Alternative Medicine Perspective February 2015
Chronic Pain From An Alternative Medicine Perspective. Pain abounds in our community, but so too does joy and success and creative solutions. The pain in a child's face, tears streaming after a fall on the grassy hill or the scratch of a tree branch. The pain of loss ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #chronicpain #stories #neurodiversity #neurotheology
10. Brain Solids January 2015
Brain Solids. Sometimes we have to shift dimensions to see the connections and the tiny tendrils that reach across the walls and canyons. My kitchen table, for example, feels solid, a light blond wood that gives a deep solid tone when my knuckles rap on it. My hands feel solid, too. And I imagine this is what is real, the solid things in my life. In Traditional Chinese Medicine ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #brain #stories #neurodiversity #neurotheology
9. Conversion December 2014
The cold, solitary and hibernation energies of winter can be warmed by community, acceptance and change as once more we move toward spring and new life. What NEW life will you drink into your core? What energies will you convert in the joy within the balance of your life? Are you a convert? Do you seek converts to your cause? ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #conversion #stories #neurodiversity #neurotheology
8. Attachment Disorders and What Do I Need? November 2014
Every month, pick up each thing in your house. Hold it. Feel it. Notice the texture, the color, the softness and ask yourself, "Does this bring me JOY?" This is an adapted exercise from Suze Orman, a well known financial advisor and TV personality. Paying attention to what we are attached to can be good for the wallet and for the heart. A Move ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #moving #stories #neurodiversity #neurotheology
7. Playing Back A Colorful Life With Lots of Moving Pieces
Playing Back A Colorful Life With Lots of Moving Pieces. Last week I participated in a Playback Theatre workshop or playshop as we called it. Penny Clayton from the Centre for Playback Theatre taught this amazingly rich beautiful class in Seattle about five hours drive from my home in Spokane, Washington. One of the values of Playback Theatre is to create a space where everyone feels ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #playback #stories #neurodiversity #neurotheology
6. Kind Possession Now October 2014
Kind Possession Now. Possession! What do you possess? What are your prized possessions? What have you worked hard for or perhaps inherited? There is a beautiful coffee table book entitled, Material World: A Global Family Portrait (1995) by Peter Menzel, Charles C. Mann, Paul Kennedy and a host of amazing photographers. It is a graphic and statistical snapshot of families worldwide ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #possession #stories #neurodiversity #neurotheology
If Not Now. The famous Jewish religious leader, Hillel, born over 2000 years ago in Babylon in 110 BCE said, "If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?" His words, "If Not Now?" have sparked a movement within the Jewish community which is looking at the means being applied to the peace process in Israel and Palestine. Jews are considering what is justified in the name of creating peace and safety. Is there a line that can't be crossed even if your own life, your family, your land and possessions are in jeopardy? ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #ifnotnow #stories #neurodiversity #neurotheology
5. Future Time and Space Unknown September 2014
Future Time and Space Unknown. John F. Kennedy said . . . "Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #future #stories #neurodiversity #neurotheology
Who do you consult about the future? Psychics feel the energy, look at auras and predict the future. Astrologers consult the stars, giving us guides for ways to live our lives based on what they see. Whether it helps or hurts is an individual mindset. ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #future #stories #neurodiversity #neurotheology
4. Real Community Prayer August 2014
Real Community Prayer ... There is a saying, "Worrying is like praying for what you don't want." ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #prayer #stories #neurodiversity #neurotheology
3. Poetic Responsibility and Peace July 2014
Poetic Responsibility and Peace ... Do you know someone who uses poetry to create healing or, perhaps, through poetry or other means seeks to build a stronger peace in this world? If you do, have you ever asked yourself whether you have any responsibility toward that person? Often we ask ourselves what our responsibility is when we ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #responsibility #stories #neurodiversity #neurotheology
2. Jiggling Eyes, Genetics and The Potential to Recover June 2014
Jiggling Eyes, Genetics and The Potential to Recover ... By the time I was twenty-eight, I was working as a professional photographer and a freelance journalist. I had seen Paris from the top of the Eifel Tower, climbed to ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #vision #stories #neurodiversity #neurotheology
1. The Resilience, Beauty and Healing in Natural Diversity May 2014
The Resilience, Beauty and Healing in Natural Diversity ... Environmentalist and author of The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk said, "Value diversity—for diversity creates resilience." ... [Full Article @KimberlyBurnham http://www.innerchildmagazine.com/the-community-of-humanity.php #vision #stories #neurodiversity #neurotheology
Originally Posted in Our Community of Humanity at Inner Child Magazine
Chronic Pain, From An Alternative Medicine Perspective
Pain abounds in our community, but so too does joy and success and creative solutions.
The pain in a child's face, tears streaming after a fall on the grassy hill or the scratch of a tree branch.
The pain of loss with the death of an uncle.
The pain of sore muscles after a 100 mile bicycle ride.
The pain of a chronically injured shoulder stiff in the morning.
The pain of rejection of a friend shaming you in public.
What to do about all the pain?
Noticing someone else's pain, reaching out to them and doing what we can to alleviate the pain is a sign of brain health. It can be scary to see someone in pain. I might wonder if their pain is contagious. Will I have pain if I help them? Seeing someone in pain can also make me wonder about my own fragility and vulnerability to pain. But reaching out with caring and compassion strengthens the connections in my brain, improves my clarity and cognitive function.
Medical research also indicates that from a brain perspective and perceptual point of view there is very little difference between social emotional pain and physical pain. The children's taunt, "sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me!" is simply not true.
So what can I do with my skills in complementary and alternative medicine to help my community find the creative solutions? What does Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupressure, CranioSacral Therapy, Matrix Energetics or Reiki have to say about pain and all the ways to alleviate it?
Color Yourself Comfortable
Traditional Chinese Medicine
shines the way
catching bits of colored light
striking eyeballs and skin
penetrating inward to the emotional body
shifting physical and emotional pain
Yellow the color of the stomach and spleen
fuels immune and detoxification
on the clock at work
exchanging nutrients for toxins
The color of bile
rises and soothes anger
green the nourishing light of a cool forest
Heart beat red
colors of blood flow
rich in iron
nutrients digested in the small intestine
A large white breath
drawing in the color of snow
assuaging the grief of loss
with oxygen on the path to muscles
breathe in plus a long breath out
find that sweet spot of comfort
Blue flows the water elements
the kidney deciding what will stay
and what goes forward and out
draining fear from life
leaving in its place joy and comfort
Acupressure Hands Healing Pain
Three points times two
improving pain conditions
soothing the autonomic nervous system
In the neck
GB 21, SI 14 and SI 15,
In the arms
LI 4, LI 10 and LI 11
she said it feels better
my neck moves easier
the muscles soft and supple
racing heart slowing
to a calm even beat
- Research from Matsubara, T., Y. C. Arai, et al. (2011). "Comparative effects of acupressure at local and distal acupuncture points on pain conditions and autonomic function in females with chronic neck pain." Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2011." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2952311/pdf/ECAM2011-543291.pdf
Subatomic Light Visualization: Where Exactly is the Pain?
This exercise and visualization can be used for any part of the body. Here we focus on the neck and shoulders.
1. Take a couple of deep breaths and close your eyes. Rest the eyelids and turn vision and intuition inward.
2. Start to focus on the neck and shoulders. Make sure your hands and arms are in a relaxed position. Let your elbows and shoulders relax. Feel your head sitting comfortably on top of the neck with your spine aligned. Be loose and supportive.
3. Name the structures as you relax them. Relax your right shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingers. Focus on the left shoulder. How does it feel different as you relax the muscles in both shoulders?
4. Feel the fabric of the clothing on your shoulders. Is it easier to notice the top of the shoulder or the upper arm where the fabric meets the skin? Feel the clothing or fabric or air as it meets your skin throughout your body.
5. Now focus on a deeper layer. Which side is more comfortable? Can you visualize and feel the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bones, blood vessels, nerve fibers and all the tissues that make up your shoulders, neck and throat.
6. Move inward to a smaller layer - the cellular level. Notice the difference in the color of muscle cells and red blood cells. Feel the density and flexibility in the bone cells compared with the tendon cells.
7. Then go even deeper. Embrace life inside the cells, each cell as it listens.Notice the activity of the cell walls pulsing positive and negative. What are the tiny organelles within the cells doing. Here lie the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cells and the genetic material. Feel the movement as the cells of the right shoulder breathes - taking in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. Is there a sense of comfort at this level?
8. Then deeper still into the realm of atoms. Notice the carbon atoms with electrons spinning around neutrons and protons. Feel the space at the atomic level with a stable core around which electrons circle, balanced in their orbits. Does the front of the neck feel different from the back of the neck at this level? Is there comfort at the atomic vibration?
9. Then telescope into the weird and wacky realm of quantum physics, quarks and bits where electrons pop in and out of existence, where nothing is real and everything is vital. Feel the flow in your shoulders as electrons pop in and out of existence, spinning free in space, where they have as much space as they want., where photons and bits of light shine out through the neck and shoulders with warmth, compassion and creativity.
10. Now look around this tiny universe inside your shoulder at the cells and tissues that make up the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bones, blood vessels, nerve fibers and all the tissues that create the reality of your shoulders, neck and throat.
11. Notice again the feeling of the fabric of your clothing on your skin. Does the temperature feel different where there is a sweater or a shirt or bare skin touching the air?
12. Breathe in some of that air and expand your senses out into the room as you feel the air in the room. Is it still or moving? What do you hear around you? And finally when you are ready open your eyes and notice all the things that have changed in you and in your surroundings.
Visualizing yourself with an expanded sense of ease. Meditating on the ways to bring success and comfort to all those in your community of humanity as you reach out to yourself and others with compassion.
Poets of the 2014 Inner Child Poetry Posse, featured in The Year of The Poet (Violets): Jamie Bond, Gail Weston Shazor, Albert ‘Infinite’ Carrasco, Siddartha Beth Pierce, Janet P. Caldwell, June ‘Bugg’ Barefield, Debbie M. Allen, Tony Henninger, Joe DaVerbal Minddancer, Robert Gibbons, Neetu Wali, Shareef Abdur–Rasheed, Kimberly Burnham, Jackie Allen, Teresa E. Gallion, Hulya N. Yilmaz, William S. Peters, Sr. February's Featured Poets Teresa E. Gallion, and Robert Gibson.
Chronic Pain, Depression and Healing
"Just over twenty years ago, I was lying in bed in so much physical pain that I begged to be allowed to kill myself. That I didn’t was in large part thanks to my love of poetry, and my mother.
She would sit by my bedside in the psychiatric hospital where I had been admitted for severe depression and recite poetry aloud. Some mothers and daughters are bound by a shared love of baking; my mother and I had always been united by poetry. I was a child again, lying in bed as she read to me. It turned out that all these years she had been keeping a book of snippets of poetry, prayer and anecdotes that had particularly struck her, entitled ‘Consolations’"
[Read More] https://insidetime.org/deep-and-permanent-the-healing-power-of-words/ from Rachel Kelly
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Designed to enhance memory, creativity, and inner peace, Awakenings: Peace,Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program is available free of charge as a Kindle eBook on February 14-15, 2019. [Click Here].
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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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