Hidden Brain is one of my favorite podcast. For the April 2022 National Poetry Month I have set myself the challenge of writing one or more found poems ripped from the pages of the Hidden Brain podcast with Shankar Vedantam.
Vision, The Brain and Leadership, Knowledge development and skill enhancement
Kimberly Burnham, PhD (Integrative Medicine)
Organized by: Parul Institute of Business Administration-BBA, Parul University.
Vision, The Brain and Leadership
Writing About Stressful Events Doesn't Impair Working Memory
"Acute stress impairs working memory (i.e., the ability to update and keep information in mind). Although that effect is well established, the boundaries around it are not. In particular, little is known about how recalling an unresolved stressor might influence working memory, or about how stress-or recalling a stressful event-influences the processes underlying working memory task performance (e.g., sustained/controlled attention vs. capacity). We addressed these issues in the present study (N = 171) by randomly assigning participants to write about an unresolved, extremely stressful experience (stressful writing condition; n = 85) or the events of the prior day (control condition; n = 86), and, subsequently, both measured change detection task performance and used computational cognitive modeling to estimate the processes underlying it-namely, attention, capacity, and bias. We found that, relative to the control task, writing about a stressful experience neither impaired performance on the change detection task nor altered any of the processes underlying performance on that task. These results show that the effects of writing about an unresolved, stressful episode do not parallel effects of acute stress on working memory, indicating that experiencing a stressor may have very different cognitive effects than recalling it at a later time." Shields, G. S., et al. (2020). "Feel free to write this down: Writing about a stressful experience does not impair change detection task performance." Emotion 20(2): 317-322.
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Darier's Disease: Skin, the Brain and Energy Medicine Approaches, Exercises for Enhanced Brain and Skin Health with Creative Problem Solving (Forthcoming Book)
Keep Out of The Heat
It would be easy to say, just keep out of the heat, don't sweat or get injured but that is difficult to do with a full life. This book is designed to help increase the quality of life of people with Darier's disease using nutrition and several forms of manual therapy and energy medicine.
A 2015 study found that Darier's disease or keratosis follicularis is worsened by heat, sun exposure, perspiration and mechanical trauma. Researchers noted, "Darier's disease is a rare autosomal dominant genodermatosis. It has an estimated prevalence of 1 in 55,000 to 100,000 individuals, regardless of gender. It is characterized by multiple keratotic papules on the seborrheic areas of the trunk, scalp, forehead and flexures, and the clinical picture is worsened by heat, sun exposure, perspiration and mechanical trauma. Histopathology observed loss of epithelial adhesion and abnormal keratinization. About 10% of cases present in the localized form of the disease. We report a case of segmental Darier's Disease Type I and discuss the main characteristics of this condition." - Medeiros, P. M., N. R. Alves, et al. (2015). "Segmental Darier's disease: a presentation of difficult diagnosis." An Bras Dermatol 90(3 Suppl 1): 62-65.
Another study listed common complaints as "itching, with exacerbations attributed to heat, sweating, sunlight, lithium, steroid therapy, stress, and menstruation "-Santos-Alarcon, S., C. Sanchis-Sanchez, et al. (2016). "Diclofenac sodium 3% gel for darier's disease treatment." Dermatol Online J 22(4).
Table of Contents for Darier's Disease: Skin, the Brain and Energy Medicine Approaches, Exercises for Enhanced Brain and Skin Health with Creative Problem Solving
About the Author 3
How To Use This Book 13
Keep Out of The Heat 16
What Can Change 18
What Do You Want? Health Coaching Wheel or Goal Setting 20
Health Coaching Wheel 22
Health Coaching Wheel Part 2 24
Nutrition and the Skin 26
Vitamin B Complex and Zinc 28
B3 or Flush Niacin 29
Radiation Induced Darier's 30
Skin and Niacin 31
Foods with Vitamin B and Vitamin A 33
Vitamin A 35
Traditional Chinese Medicine Color Therapies 36
Color Therapy 37
Metal Element Visualization 38
Breathing Exercises 39
Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and Darier's Disease 40
Good Proteins 42
Magnesium Chloride Supplements 43
Calcium and the Brain 44
Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress 47
Acupuncture and Governing Vessel 20 49
GV 20 Stimulating the Governing Vessel and Conception Vessel 52
Acupressure, Diabetic Neuropathy and Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress 53
Ways to Stimulate Acupressure Points 55
Stomach 36 57
Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and the Brain 58
Darier's and the Brain 59
The Relationship Between Skin and Mood 60
Effecting Change With Hands-On 63
Neurofascial Process Why You Should Touch 64
Tuning The Brain With Touch 65
Thriving on Touch 68
N as in Neural 71
Touch, Energy & Nervous System 72
Fascial System Connected To The.........Everything 73
“P” as in Process 74
Touch and Pain Reduction 75
Emotions and Organs 76
Recognizing Emotions 77
Angry Liver, Anxious Heart, Melancholy Spleen 79
Balancing Pain and Emotions 80
Intestines Boiling 81
Which Comes First: Smiling or That Happy Feeling 82
Touch and the Medical System 83
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Touch Diagnosis 84
Touch First Aid 85
Poetry and Symptoms 87
Therapeutic Writing 88
Found Poetry 89
Visual Poetry 90
Writing Poetry 91
Mind, Body, Spirit 92
One Hand Here, One Hand There Healing the Body and Brain 93
Rest Quietly Hands in Place 94
The Feeling of Hands 95
What Has Changed? 96
One Hand Here, One Hand There Healing with Brain Emotions and Colors 97
Time Travel and Integrating the Past and the Future 99
Bring Back To Now 101
List of Contact Points, Visualizations and Associated Structures to Use for Brain and Nervous System Health 103
Substantia Nigra 104
Limbic System 105
Almond Shaped Amygdala 106
Electricity and Light 110
Memory in the Hippocampus 112
The Heart and the Cirgulate Gyrus 113
Visualization and the Cingulate 114
Happy Anterior Cingulate Gyrus 115
Signal Carrier 116
Back Pain and Movement Disorders 119
Thalamus Comfort 121
Blinking Your Way to a Brighter Future 122
Vision, Balance, and Pain 125
Eliminating Hallucinations with the Mammillary Bodies 126
Harnessing the Limbic System 128
Basal Ganglia 130
Emotional Memory 132
Basal Ganglia Memories 133
Main Components of the Basal Ganglia 134
Exercise: Sleep Solutions 139
Hands-On Emotions 140
Organs and Structures 140
Touch Related References 147
More Books by Kimberly Burnham 152
Kimberly Burnham, PhD (Integrative Medicine), The Nerve Whisperer
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, CranioSacral Therapy, Myofascial release, Unwinding) and brain health coaching for people with Parkinson's disease. She is an avid gardener and environmentalist, who bicycled 3000 miles across the U.S. with Hazon (US Jewish Environmental group) in 2013. Contact Kimberly at https://www.nervewhisperer.solutions/ or email her at NerveWhisperer@gmail.com for a brain health coaching session.
She helps people with brain, spinal cord and vision issues including Darier's Disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's ataxia, diabetic neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, chronic back pain, autism, down syndrome, seizure disorders, macular degeneration, keratoconus, and night vision issues.
Kimberly Burnham co-owns a small self-publishing house - Creating Calm Network Publishing Group and helps authors, writers, and poets with publishing memoirs, novels, fiction, non-fiction essays, family cookbooks and more.
An award winning poet, Kim writes monthly for The Year of the Poet book and Inner Child Press. Kim recently read her peace poem for Spokane City Council as part of the Spokane Arts Poetry at the podium. She is a poet in residence for 2nd look books, a Spokane bookstore on the South Hill.
If you have Darier's disease and would like to have a consultation with Kimberly Burnham, please contact her at 860-221-8510 or via email NerveWhisperer@gmail.com or through her website http://NerveWhisperer.Solutions.
Sometimes seeing well is not only about seeing clearly but seeing fast. Taking in the light waves bouncing off the ball, the court, the room, the people, the books, the walls all around you. Light is constantly dancing, reflecting, jumping off the world around you, what you see depends on how well you can take in the information and process it.
When you open your eyes or turn your head, you see the light that is bouncing off of the ball, your teammates, your opponents, the crowd, and everything around you. The light has already left the object. For the last split second that light has been travelling towards you or away from the object at literally the speed of light or slightly less than 186,282 miles per second.
The time between turning your head or opening your eyes and perceiving the object or the motion is the time it takes for your eyes to collect the light, send the information to your brain, and for your brain to understand what you are seeing. The light zips from the object to the cornea or outer layer of the eye, through the eye to the retina at the back of the eye. The retina converts these light waves into chemical signals that travel along the optic nerves, through the optic chiasm under the biological clock towards the occipital lobe or visual cortex in the back of the brain. Some of the information zips over to the amygdala, which overlays emotional information. Have you seen this object or person before? Do you like or fear them? How do you feel about what you are seeing? The occipital lobe interprets the shapes, textures and colors to mean a certain thing, a baseball, a coach, an injured opponent favoring their right side, an excited fan. And then you truly "see."
This book is about speeding up the time it takes your eyes to translate the light energy (colors, shapes, textures, etc) into chemical information travelling along the nerves towards the visual cortex (occipital lobe) at the back of the head. It is about developing the ability to understand and perceive what you are seeing more quickly. And finally it is about taking that visual information and sending it to your body, your hands and feet faster so that you can respond to what you see in a more successful way.
Blinking Is Like Weight Training for the Eye
When you lift weights you are making the movement of your arms and legs more difficult in the hope that the muscles will get stronger so that when you are on the field or court those muscles will be stronger and help you run faster or jump higher.
We can do a similar thing with the eyes by blinking. When you blink you briefly shut off visual information from your brain for the period of time that your eyes are closed. You are making it more difficult to see, especially to see things or people that are moving while your eyes are closed.
This trains the brain to grab the information more quickly when your eyes are open. In a sense the brain is learning that it doesn't have 24/7 access to the visual information it needs to respond to the world around it and so it better pay attention to the information when it can see. The two following exercises are based on the ideas that came out of Nike when they created a pair of goggles that blink for you.
These goggles are used by professional athletes during practice to speed up reaction time. The frequency and length of time the shutters are closed and open are adjustable in a way that simply blinking can't be adjusted but blinking is the place to start for free.
One way to use this book is to learn one new exercise each day for a month.
Once you have learned all the exercises, you can pick and choose the ones that seem to work best for you and only do those exercises on a regular basis.
Another way to use this information is to learn three or four exercises and repeat those exercises each day for a week or a month and then move on to three or four new exercises.
Each exercise takes one to twenty minutes so you can also decide how much time you want to devote to developing your ability to see faster and respond more quickly.
Counting Consciously While Blinking
Try this. Start blinking your eyes as you look around. If you simply blink for a minute or so, your brain gets bored and doesn't pay attention so the key is what you pay attention to as you blink.
As you blink look around and ask yourself questions.
What do you see that is red?
What do you see that is square?
How many shoes can you count?
Counting sets up a rhythm. One, two, three ... How many stairs do you see? How many people?
By practicing this blinking while counting, you send a message to the brain about what is important.
How many players are there? How many of your opponents are there? What are the names of your teammates? How many teammates can you see?
This blinking exercise can also be done as you and the other players move around the field or court.
Spend a few minutes practicing this blinking. Many people report that the room or space seems brighter after blinking for a minute or so. This is because the eyes are taking in light more quickly and easily when you stop blinking.
Paying Attention to Shapes and Textures While Blinking
In this exercise the focus is on the shape of things while you are blinking. Start blinking your eyes as you look around. Notice all the things that are round or square. Notice all the things that are soft or fuzzy. Notice the texture difference between shoes and clothes. Notice the size difference between a baseball and a basketball.
Get a sense as you blink about how something would feel it you touched it.
Continue blinking and touch some of the items you have been paying attention to. Feel the ridges on a basketball, the seams on a soccer ball, the leather of a baseball, the pointy end of a football.
You are taking in information visually and also through your hands. This helps with seeing faster but also helps with hand-eye coordination.
—an excerpt from 30 Ways to See Faster & Play Stronger, A Month of Vision Strategies for Athletes and Successful People by Kimberly Burnham
What if Beautiful Green Poetry Could Affect Brain Health? New Poem on Poetry 24 The News is the Muse [Read Here]. http://www.poetry24.co.uk/2019/04/what-if-beautiful-green-poetry-could.html?m=0
[Read and comment on all Kimberly Burnham's news poems on Poetry 24 http://www.poetry24.co.uk/search/label/Kimberly%20Burnham
Kate Peterson was watching Bravo’s “Top Chef” when she found inspiration. That’s when she noticed the chefs on the show describing the things that sparked their culinary creativity. “The way they were talking about food was the same way I’ve heard people talk about writing,” she said. “I thought, ‘Wow, it’s all really the same, the way we’re inspired to do art, whether we’re visual artists or musicians or writers – or chefs.” Kate Peterson (From poem to plate: Get Lit’s newest addition pairs poetry with a 12-course meal) http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/apr/13/from-poem-to-plate-get-lits-newest-addition-pairs-/
1.1 Billion Years Old Neon Pink
A pretty pink earth
the color first made by a living thing
1.1 billion years old
belongs to a cyanobacteria
used in photosynthesis
chlorophyll may very well be green
pinkish pigments result from fossilized porphyrins
in atomic ring around a magnesium ion
to form a chlorophyll molecule
hidden till found a billion years later by scientists
grinding up marine shale
dug out from the Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania
this particular batch of bacteria
died all at once and sunk down to the seafloor
isolated from oxygen long enough to fossilize
preserved underground until 10 years ago
a mining company dug it up
pink held against the sunlight
a neon pink
A found poem based on Giaimo, Cara (July 10, 2018) Found: The First Color Made By a Living Thing It’s 1.1 billion years old, and it’s bright pink. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/first-color-pink-sahara
Royalty Followed by Pinkish Pink
In Dutch "roze" or "pink" is found between
"royalty" the same word in English
a payment made to a writer
a homonym only in English for Kings and Queens
that kind of royalty is "koningschap" in Dutch
next in a bilingual dictionary is "roze" pink
followed by pinkish "rozeachtig"
"Roze" is also pink in Albanian and Bosnian
but in Urdu "roze" or وزے means fasting
a very different word pink fasting
the pink of an empty stomach wall
- From the Upcoming book by Kimberly Burnham, 20 / 20 Seeing Color Around the World, a Daily Vision Health Program. More poetry, color research, and vision exercises at https://www.nervewhisperer.solutions/peace/category/color-vision
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 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.
Contact Kimberly at https://www.nervewhisperer.solutions/ or email her at NerveWhisperer@gmail.com
Nurture vs Nature: Color Vision in The Brain
A 2017 study looked at color vision and what constitutes a distinct color in infants and found that infants could parse or separate red, yellow, green, blue and purple. They cfound a biological basis for how we talk about colors and that it is not only culturally influenced.
Here is what researchers said about it. "The biological basis of the commonality in color lexicons across languages has been hotly debated for decades. Prior evidence that infants categorize color could provide support for the hypothesis that color categorization systems are not purely constructed by communication and culture. Here, we investigate the relationship between infants' categorization of color and the commonality across color lexicons, and the potential biological origin of infant color categories. We systematically mapped infants' categorical recognition memory for hue onto a stimulus array used previously to document the color lexicons of 110 nonindustrialized languages. Following familiarization to a given hue, infants' response to a novel hue indicated that their recognition memory parses the hue continuum into red, yellow, green, blue, and purple categories. Infants' categorical distinctions aligned with common distinctions in color lexicons and are organized around hues that are commonly central to lexical categories across languages. The boundaries between infants' categorical distinctions also aligned, relative to the adaptation point, with the cardinal axes that describe the early stages of color representation in retinogeniculate pathways, indicating that infant color categorization may be partly organized by biological mechanisms of color vision."
They concluded, "color categorization in language and thought is partially biologically constrained and have implications for broader debate on how biology, culture, and communication interact in human cognition."
Some have argued that how terms categorize the continuum of color and how color lexicons evolve is biologically constrained; others have argued that color terms and their categories are culturally and linguistically constructed. Cognitive scientists from a broad range of disciplines (e.g., linguistics, neuroscience, vision science, anthropology, developmental science) have been working for decades to understand how color terms and their categories form.
- Skelton, A. E., G. Catchpole, et al. (2017). "Biological origins of color categorization." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 114(21): 5545-5550.
Individually Written Brain Health Books:
Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind (A Daily Brain Health Program (2019) by Kimberly Burnham (Creating Calm Network Publishing Group) B07KDZGSJM eBook $4.99 paperback $14.95
Parkinson's Alternatives, Walk Better, Sleep Deeper and Move Consciously (2014) by Kimberly Burnham (Creating Calm Network Publishing Group).
Our Fractal Nature, A Journey of Self-Discovery and Connection, Psychology Meets Science. (2011) A Messenger Mini Book by Kimberly Burnham (The Nerve Whisperer Press, The Messengers of Change Program).
Balancing the Sleep-Wake Cycle: Sleep Better, Learn Faster, Contribute More, and Enjoy Life to Its Fullest. (2011 Kindle eBook) by Kimberly Burnham (The Nerve Whisperer Press).
Regain Your Balance: Ataxia Solutions from The Nerve Whisperer, Find Health and Healing in Six Complementary and Alternative Medicine Arenas (2012 Kindle eBook) by Kimberly Burnham (The Nerve Whisperer Press).
What is Your LinkedIn Story? 21 Questions to Ignite Your Mood and Memory, A LinkedIn Story (Kindle eBook Jan 19, 2014)
Academic Journal Articles
Academia.Edu (2005-Present) Journal Articles Health, Brain Function, Language and the Brain, Vision Health. [See all] https://akamaiuniversity.academia.edu/KimberlyBurnham
Research Gate (2005-Present) Health, Brain Function, Language and the Brain, Vision Health.
Google Scholar Profile (2015-Present) Health, Brain Function, Language and the Brain, Vision Health.
"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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The Meaning of "Nyens nyens" (in a peaceful, gentle manner), Nyens nyens (to be sedate, serene, to be sober, calm), Nyenstap (to be quiet, peaceful), "Nyenstap gaus-yis" (peaceful, happy, to be gentle, mild)., "No shi-shenh" (a time of rest or peace), Pyo (to be pleasant, agreeable, delectable, enjoyable;.happiness, peace, joy, bliss, to be happy, to be pleased), "Samlo" (to keep silence so as to insure luck as in hunting, quiet, repose, to enter and be imbedded, to be still, silent, quiet), "Samlo nyens nyens" (quietly, peacefully; be at peace) in Achang (acn), Ngochang - Achang, Ochang, Atsang, a Burmese-Lolo and Sino-Tibetan language of China (Yunnan Province. Dehong Prefecture, Lianghe and Longchuan counties).
Peace and Hunting Luck
In Ngochang or Achang spoken in Yunnan China
"samlo" means to keep silent
so as to insure luck in hunting
to enter and be imbedded
I imagine a hunter in camouflage hiding in a blind
quiet and still
not a gun but a camera ready to shoot
so all can go peacefully on their way
"Samlo nyens nyens" is quietly or peacefully
to be at peace
while "samsam" is still and quiet but also confidingly
and "tsingtsam" is also still and quiet.
"tsoek yah" and "nyens nyens" is to be quiet, still
and thus orderly
like a new world order where everyone
finds ways to be at peace
"Samlo yaus dah jeis"
is quiet, slowly as flowing water
as water flows across borders
shared or horded
polluted or clean
it flows from one place to another
filling the wells of all of us indiscriminately
[More Brain Health Exercises]
What are you hunting for that you need luck?
This list is constantly being updated. Language—"word" (peace)—Country. I am trying to make it as comprehensive and accurate as possible. Contact Kimberly Burnham with any questions, comments, corrections or additional words.
Brain Health Poetry and Free eBook on December 24-25, 2018....
Before and After Dictionary Poems at Trish Hopkinson A Selfish Poet. Please comment on the blog if you wish.
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A study notes that when we experience the beauty of poetry we experience it in specific parts of the brain, including the insula which is deep to the temporal lobe or the ear and side of the head. The insula (one on each side of the brain) is linked to consciousness, emotional health, and regulation of the body's homeostasis (balance). Functions also include compassion, empathy, perception, movement or motor control, self-awareness, cognitive (thinking) functions, and interpersonal experience.
What if reading and writing poetry could increase our ability to perceive beauty around us as well as increase our balance, empathy and compassion..
This is what the research says about our appreciation of beauty and how it is linked with the brain.
"Chinese poetry has a long history and high esthetic value. People who engage esthetically with Chinese poetry would feel the sense of beauty naturally. However, there is little information regarding what happens in the brain when an individual appreciates Chinese poetry, and how the brain processes the subject's appreciation of beauty. Herein, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural substrates of experiencing beauty by appreciating Chinese poetry. The participants in our study were 28 college students and the stimuli consisted of 25 Chinese poetry and 25 prose selections. Based on an event-related paradigm, the findings of this study suggested that different areas scattered in both the left and right cerebral hemispheres are activated when an individual appreciates Chinese poetry. Compared to reading prose, appreciating Chinese poetry heightens the activation of the left inferior orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), the bilateral insula, the left fusiform, the left supplementary motor area (SMA), and the left precentral gyrus. In these areas, the left inferior OFC and the bilateral insula are considered closely related to experiencing beauty of Chinese poetry, which have been demonstrated that it is an important neural basis of esthetic beauty when using other types of materials. The findings of this study shed new light on the complex but ordinary processes of experiencing beauty when appreciating Chinese poetry and show that some key processes underlying the feeling of esthetic beauty are shared across different esthetic domains."
-Gao, C. and C. Guo (2018). "The Experience of Beauty of Chinese Poetry and Its Neural Substrates." Front Psychol 9: 1540.
Go beŋ 和平 in Old Chinese (China)
"Breŋ" or "Bhreŋ" (be level, even, just, peaceful), [*[ɢ]ˤoj breŋ] or [*ɡoːl beŋ] (和平) in Old Chinese.
Level Chinese Peace
In Old Chinese
ancient words of peace
"bhreŋ" is also level
even and just
as if there can be peace if things are even and fair
a negotiation table that is level
and with 穩 "wǝ̄́n"
peace is fast and stable
different than even and level but still
a sense of security
as well as 晏 "rānh" or "yàn"
bright, pleasant and mild
as if mild-mannered bright and pleasant people
have peace quickly follow them
- Originally published in Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program.by Kimberly Burnham, The Nerve Whisperer.
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
"ǂxãĩ-b" (peace, to be peaceful) or "!nó" or "!nō" (to be quiet, silent) in !Ora, a language spoken in South Africa
ǂxãĩ-b in !Ora (South Africa)
"ǂxãĩ-b" (peace, to be peaceful) or "!nó" or "!nō" (to be quiet, silent) in !Ora, an extinct South African language. It is one of three branches of the Southern African Khoisan languages. Two main varieties have been distinguished: the first includes the extinct South African languages !Ora and Gri.
!Ora is a language with clicks. [ ǂ ], [ ʃ ], older variant, the double-barred esh [ ʄ ] represents a palatal click. The palatal or palato-alveolar clicks are a family of click consonants found in African languages. The tongue is nearly flat, and is pulled back rather than down.
Researchers have noted that OCD or Obsessive-compulsive behavior is a dysregulation of threat assessment. The brain gets confused about what is dangerous and how to avoid dangers. They link the same components of the brain with religious experiences and romantic and parental love.
"One of the most curious questions plaguing subscribers of evolutionary theory is how natural selection's fine-tuned editing function could allow disease to persist. For evolutionary psychiatrists, the existence of psychopathology is thus perplexing. To illustrate a potential answer to one instance of this broad question, we examine the correlates of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) within our normal repertoire of thought and action. The evidence presents a picture of OCD as a dysregulation of normal behaviors and mental states throughout the course of human development. We speculate that such correspondence may be more than a coincidence and that OCD is a consequence of a dysregulation of the neural circuits that are crucially involved in threat detection and harm avoidance. These neural systems are also likely to underlie aspects of religious experience and ritual as well as the wonders of romantic and early parental love." - Feygin, D. L., J. E. Swain, et al. (2006). "The normalcy of neurosis: evolutionary origins of obsessive-compulsive disorder and related behaviors." Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 30(5): 854-864.
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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
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Healing and the Poet's Brain
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.
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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.
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Kimberly Burnham helps authors get their books out into the world more broadly by improving their free Amazon Author's page and book pages, posting a book review on her blog and on her LinkedIn Pulse blog (over 12,000 followers) Promotion packages start at $50. Contact her at NerveWhisperer@gmail.com. See her Amazon Author's Page.
See her list of publications including her latest book of brain health meditations, Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program.
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
Buy the print or eBook, review Awakenings then contact Kimberly for a free 20 minute brain health consultation. Email or Phone
(Regular rates $120 per hour or 10 sessions for $650.)