"The Mormon Church was my home, my family, my community. I could never have predicted that day, two years ago, when I would send the bishop a letter to ask him to take my name off the rolls of the church; that I would so completely and utterly dissociate myself from the church that I loved so much." — Full Post: I'm Out, Dare to Tell Day 8 at The Story Coach with Lisa Bloom http://story-coach.com/im-out-day-8/
"Thanks so much Lisa. You are very insightful and a pleasure to talk with. I also tell my story in an interview with Ann White at http://creatingcalmwithinchaos.com/summer-series-creating-calms-global-conversations/." —Kimberly Burnham, Transformational author at Amazon Kindle Books, October 15, 2012.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the interview. Great job, Kimberly!" — Stephanie Mullani, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, October 16, 2012.
"How wonderful you and Lisa connected and are now part of my "Israel" and "multicultural" tribe. We continue to give voice to our stories beyond Pebbles in the Pond. Kimberly has a fascinating story to share with the world as exhibited in her amazing story in Pebbles in the Pond: Transforming the World One Person at a Time." —Dorit Sasson, Giving a Voice to the Voiceless, www.GivingVoicetoVoicelessBook.com, October 15, 2012.
"I'm glad you faced your fears and spoke out for your yourself and others who did not have the strength to do so."— Doreen G. Fulton, CEO & Founder at Believe In A Ray Of Hope
Thanks for your comment Doreen, Kimberly story really is inspiring...—Story Coach, October 16, 2012.
"You did a difficult, but important and courageous thing. Stepping into the light of your truth is not always an easy process. When one person steps up into their truth, it empowers others in both seen and unseen ways. Namaste!" — Stephanie Mullani • Minneapolis College of Art and Design, October 16, 2012.
"That's so true Stephanie, thanks." — Lisa Bloom • CEO & Founder at Story Coach, October 16, 2012 at 2:32pm
"Thanks Stephanie Mullani. There is a quote: "A strong person stands up for themselves, a stronger person stands up for others." I am standing up for myself and saying, "This is who I am," in the hopes that others will also be empowered to stand against hate and bigotry, wherever it is found." — Kimberly Burnham • Transformational author at Amazon Kindle Books, October 16, 2012
"Wow, powerful words. I can relate SO much to your story (having grown up Mormon and left the church in college). Thank you for sharing this." —Stephanie Watanabe
"Thanks Stephanie. Part of my awakening to the value of diversity and inclusiveness was while I was serving a mission for the Mormon church in Tokyo Japan before returning to Brigham young University and falling in love with a woman." —Kimberly Burnham Transformational author at Amazon Kindle Books. October 16, 2012
There is an idea in the field of neuroscience that different functions of a particular part of the brain are like doorways into the room containing those functions. One function influences others functions. Parietal lobe functions have been linked with an ability to appreciate the oneness of the universe, our relationship and connection to other human beings as well as the ability to take in sensation, move our muscles, regulate anger, feel fear, be kind, pay attention, remember our past, and more. The parietal lobe located on the top right and left aspects of the head also regulates how we hear a story and what we look for in the stories we tell ourselves and others. This paper looks at the functions of the parietal lobe from a neurotheology perspective including, the ways the brain is affected by meditation and mindfulness, the impact of mirror neurons on how we hear stories, how it affects our ability to see oneness and ourselves as part of the whole, the brain's influence on what we believe about other people's intentions, and how the implication of neuroplasticity means beliefs and the brain can change. The research also looks at what we as individuals and societies can do to encourage brain health that increases peaceful relationships between individuals, families, communities, and countries as well as peaceful co-existence with the environment and other living beings. [Read more].
Kimeteiru - Already Decided
regardless of language
the breath beneath
propelling them into space
thoughts, primal images creating
folding them into time.
Kimeteiru, a Japanese word
for already decided
but not just decided
by what you have already chosen
you chose the path
and now the way is
is truly already decided
each moment can be one
of peace or not
each moment chosen a new
each instant a fork in the road
What will you choose now
supported by the past
enlivening the future
what is the fresh choice
that makes brilliance
- From the book of poetry: Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open by Kimberly Burnham
Kimeteiru on YouTube
The Love Writers, Kimberly Burnham, Shirley Kiefer, et al. (Jan 18, 2013). Valentine's Day Anthology, Poetry ... Prose & Stories of Love by The Love Writers Inner Child Press. ISBN: 0615756263 Poem: Kimberly Burnham pg 20 Red Juxtaposed
"... Red intertwined amongst the yellow and green, fabric woven with love, a gift from a friend ..." —Kimberly Burnham, pg 8 Red Juxtaposed in Valentine's Day Anthology, Poetry ... Prose & Stories of Love, The Love Writers with Inner Child Press (2013)
Patterns of red
the fabric of my heart.
Rough, red tongued puppy
born on a snowy day.
Book covering in red, white and orange
my chapter, "Fractals: Seeing the Patterns
in Our Existence."
Edges of red around Time,
news on the coffee table.
Across the pastel room
the hands of time tick
against a red background.
A brilliant green cycling jersey
covering the red of my heart,
the blue of my politics.
Beet red, "green" drink
brightens this February morning.
Red intertwined amongst the yellow and green
fabric woven with love,
a gift from a friend.
Bits of ribbon, a velvet book mark, a box of Goddess cards
stand as reminders of those I adore.
Red framing a beating Japanese character,
"Kokoro" at the heart of my mouse pad,
token of a far away land
where I served my tribe.
Tail lights, stop signs, whirling sirens
keeping my journey safe
as I unearth the colors in my life.
— Kimberly Burnham
Feature on the cover of the Inner Child Magazine (InnerChildMagazine.com) October 2014 and a published author, Kimberly Burnham, PhD (Integrative Medicine) is an alternative medicine specialist focused on supporting people with Parkinson's disease, Huntington's ataxia, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, macular degeneration and other brain related issues. Her book, Parkinson's Alternatives is widely available. September, 2014, she presented on alternative medicine approaches to back and hip pain in Parkinson's disease at the Spokane Pain Conference. Kimberly is considered a world authority on Parkinson's disease treatments from the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She offers natural approaches to eliminate Parkinson's and nervous system symptoms. Her publications empower both people with brain disorders and those who love and care about them.
Kimberly is also a poet and contributes monthly to a book series by Inner Child Press entitled, The Year of The Poet from the Poetry Posse. In 2013 Kimberly bicycled over 3000 miles from Seattle to Washington, DC on the Hazon Cross USA bicycle ride in support of sustainable agriculture and food justice. She is currently working on a book of poetry about the adventure, The Journey Home, which will be published with the Creating Calm Network Publishing Group. An active social media expert, she is happy to connect on LinkedIn and elsewhere. She lives in Spokane, Washington.
With her partner, Elizabeth W. Goldstein and Ann White, Kimberly is editing an anthology published Fall, 2014: Music, Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers. Her essay focuses on her connection to the land and the natural environment. It looks at the song Adamah v'Shamayim (earth and sky).
Poet and author, Shirley Kiefer, turned 80 years old and then released her debut book, Love Among the God: Myths of Relationships. West Hartford, Connecticut resident, Shirley Kiefer brings feminist insight to ancient mythology. "It is especially important today with the global rise in violence towards women," says Kiefer, a long time educator, passionate about relationships and learning from literature.
Her books include: Love Among the Gods: Myths of Relationship by Shirley Kiefer (2014) published by the Creating Calm Network Publishing Group.
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The Wrong Bathroom Blog
A Trio of Poems from the book, Live Like Someone Left The Gate Open by Kimberly Burnham at The Wrong Bathroom Blog with Alex https://thewrongbathroom.wordpress.com/tag/kimberley-burnham/
Squinting Against the Light
The First Coming Out
Comments on poetry from Live Like Someone Left The Gate Open
"Beautiful poignant words spoken with softness and a little heartbreak in there too. Thank you for sharing your experience and for having the courage to venture out again." Peace and blessings. Michele D'Acostasaid (May 19, 2013)
"I am familiar with the culture you describe and the resigned heartbreak that it seems to expect and almost embrace in those who bravely say “I am gay.” They don’t know what to do with someone who isn’t seeing themselves as broken, gone astray or in need of ‘fixing’. You sound honest, open and progressive, all qualities that, though taught and promoted heavily here (I am in Utah) seem to be lesser applied when they may create a situation of going against the grain or open one to the scrutiny of others- appearances matter so much to some that I feel legit ‘do unto others’ and ‘love thy brother’ teachings go completely by the wayside. Best wishes to you, I salute your courage and am enjoying your blog." Lane (June 11, 2013).
They catch on my tongue, roll around in my cheeks, cause my skin to turn green or orange as I desperately try to blend in with the answers to difficult questions. Common questions send me into hiding or delay in an effort to figure out how long I have for the answer, how much I should say, gauging the situations, the environment, the person asking the questions. Easy questions like, "Where are you from?", "Okay, where were you born?" ,
"Where did you go to school?", "Where do your parents live?" Straightforward questions are unbearable tricky for me. The answers, the intersection point between my straight laced Mormon past and my activist lesbian present.
I was born in Provo, Utah, where my parents have returned to live. I graduated with a BSc. in Zoology from Brigham Young University (BYU), so simple cocktail party questions once answered, usually lead to, "Are you Mormon?"
I am, five generations back and yes, there were polygamists but then Prop 8 destroyed what was left of my relationship with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter--day Saints (Mormons), the part of the relationship that wasn't already difficult because I kiss a woman, while still at a Mormon university.
So, sometimes it is embarrassing, in the circles I run in to admit to being a Mormon, especially with Mitt Romney, running for president of the United States. Simple questions, "Where did you go to school?" send me into a chameleon panic of does this person really want to know all the details or how can I answer truthfully without giving way too much information.
It is the same way I feel when someone finds out I speak Japanese, which I learned as a Mormon missionary, although I later returned to Japan to teach English with my girlfriend. There are lots of intersections in my life, certainly between the religion of my childhood and my sexual orientation but lots of others as well. What I have learned from navigating these canyons, like the red rock of Southern Utah, is that the part of my life that I want to hide also connect me to amazing communities, if I can just keep the self hatred at bay. If I can be comfortable in my own unique skin and share myself openly and honestly, and unapologetically, there are ways in which I can connect with anyone, not because we are the same but because we are unique but have some over lapping edges.
Home of the Daily Peace Challenge. Learn about world peace - one word and one language at a time. (c) Kimberly Burnham, 2022
The Meaning of Peace in 8000 Languages
Looking for grant money to complete this peace project
Kimberly Burnham, PhD (Integrative Medicine)
860-221-8510 phone and what's app. Skype: Kimberly Burnham (Spokane, Washington)
Author of Awakenings, Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health and P as in Peace, Paix and Perdamiam: an Inner Peace Journal To Stimulate The Brain
imberly Burnham, The Nerve Whisperer, Brain Health Expert, Professional Health Coach for people with Alzheimer's disease, Memory Issues, Parkinson's disease, Chronic Pain, Huntington's Ataxia, Multiple Sclerosis, Keratoconus, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Neuropathy, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injuries, Brain Health Coaching ... Contact Kimberly Burnham in Spokane Washington (860) 221-8510 NerveWhisperer@gmail.com.
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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.)