Wellness Wednesdays Three Tips to Energize Your Holidays

Wellness Wednesday 

Three Tips to Energize Your Holidays!

Now is the time to Take.

1/ Take a walk to rejuvenate your body after any holiday excesses.

2/ Take slow, deep breaths, at any time to refresh and regenerate every cell in your body.

3/ Take Time for you—to be alone, reflect or just sit and let your mind wander. Nothing quite like it for feeling  refreshed!

Whether you enjoyed every minute of 2016 or found many challenges, that year is almost over. Thank you for reading, for breathing, for being you! From Stouffville Yoga Life and Soulsciences comes this wish— May all the blessings of 2017 rain upon you and your loved ones!

Wellness Wednesdays Benefits of Sun Spotting in Winter

Wellness Wednesday  

Benefits of Sun Spotting in Winter

Return of Sunshine, Health Benefits of Sunshine, Reduce Mild Depression with Sunshine  

In January those of us in the Northern Hemisphere gain 1.5 to 2 minutes of sunlight every day. Through February because of the Earth's tilt we gain 2.5 minutes of additional sunlight from the darkest day, December 21st. 

Although we're all aware of the dangers of too much sun exposure, new research provides the benefits of sun exposure, starting with a simple walk whenever the weather allows. Increasingly scientists agree the list of benefits from sunshine is long.

For now, just be aware that moderate sunshine on your cheeks helps chase the winter blues! 
For more on this go to http://www.soulsciences.net   click on Wellness Wednesday  

Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind last episode Neuroscience, Visualization Meditation, Imagination, Meditation, Healing with Mind,

Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind      December 26th  2016  Episode Four  

Just in time for a quiet Boxing Day read, curl up with Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind. Let yourself consider the uncharted oceans of how our brains work and what the tradition of Visualization Meditation has to say about our brains. Reflect upon the work of Neuroscientists who continue to explore and encourage the techniques of Visualization Meditation as proclaimed by Tibetan Buddhists, Ancient Christians and many more. Start your New Year with New Understanding!
Click Here to listen to the final section of Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind 
Cover from Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind an easy to read description of the parallels between Medicine Buddha practice and Neuroscience
read by author Charlene Jones. 

General Health Holiday Calm Sea of Tranquility

General Health 

To keep the dazzle and avoid the frazzle of holiday excess, try this simple, easy to repeat Acupressure treat.
Use your fingers to feel lengthwise along your breast bone. Locate a dent about four fingers widths above where your breast bones separate. This dent is called the Sea of Tranquility.
Apply pressure with your fingers on the Sea of Tranquility for two minutes, while you breathe deeply. You may want to gently allow your head to roll back as you inhale and roll gently forward as you exhale.

Now gradually release your fingers. Instant relaxation! 
Use the Sea of Tranquility during the holidays and anytime to reduce stress and increase relaxation. 
For more go to http://www.soulsciences.net  and click on Wellness Wednesdays  

Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind Where Neuroscience Parallels Visualization Meditation for Releasing Suffering

Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind      December 19th  2016   Episode Three 

Deepening our exploration of how our minds work, we begin to understand the power of Imagination as a tool for helping us. Listen in for more about Mirror Neurons, Phantom Pain, and the amazing pain relief described by Dr. Michael Moscowitz, Psychiatrist and Pain Specialist. 
Click Here to listen to author Charlene Jones read the third segment ofMedicine Buddha/Medicine Mind.
The Cover from Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind an easy to listen to, easy to read exploration of how our brains work using traditional Visualization techniques as well as modern Neuroscience.

General Health Rhythm of Your Breath Affects Memory and Emotional Judgment

General Health 

 Rhythm of Your Breath Affects Memory and Emotional Judgments. 

With the holidays just around the corner, and the dizzying number of events on your calendar, you’ll need all you can gather by way of helpful tools. This one, just breathing in through your nose, improves memory (to get all those last minute gifts for all those on your list) and brings an increased tendency to read clearly the emotions of others and make the right choice in response.

It’s as simple as closing your mouth and opening your nostrils. Research now shows if you breathe in through your nose, you improve your ability to distinguish emotional reactions in others. Breathe in and you give your memory a large boost. Breathe in and breathe out to improve your memory, but remember: no mouth breathing!

 The study found that individuals who breathed in and out through their nostrils showed significant increase in electrical brain activity in areas associated with emotional judgment and memory. This means that your chosen lifestyle of meditation and yoga brings even more benefits: increased memory and enhanced emotional awareness.

What this means in daily life is the more you practice your ability to stay grounded in the moment, when you find yourself in a tricky emotional corner, you’ll  be more likely to breathe in consciously, lighting up the parts of your brain that recognize emotions in others. This gives you the split second needed to make a good choice in how to respond.

In every article consulted, including this one researchers cite the production of Nitric Oxide, generated in our sinuses as well as other areas,  as a powerful aid in fighting viruses, parasitic organisms, and malignant cells in the airways and lungs by inactivating their respiratory chain enzymes. More benefits ring through the article but for now, keep in mind: the benefits of breathing gently, slowly and with conscious awareness accrue to those who practice nasal breathing! 

Podcast Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind Episode Two


Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind   Episode Two 

Again I'm offering a free audio this time of the second episode of Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind, an easy to read, easy to understand exploration of how our brains work. By paralleling an ancient Meditation technique based in Visualization, with Neuroscience we begin to understand some ways in which what we think affects our bodies and our health. Always check with a licensed physician for any health questions. 

Click Here to listen to author Charlene Jones read the second segment ofMedicine Buddha/Medicine Mind. 
Cover for Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind  Vajrayana Meditation and Neuroscience, Imagination,

Podcast Mediicine Buddha/Medicine Mind free podcast


Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind   

Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind considers the parallels between an ancient technique of Meditation, Visualization, and the latest from Neuroscience.
Listen in here  as I read the first 22 pages of Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind. My hope is you will understand a bit more about how powerful your imagination is and how beautifully your mind works!

Cover of my book Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind—Visualization parallels Neuroscience  in an easy to read format

podcast Marcia Mabee Naked Mountain

Naked Mountain   November 28th 2016 

How much can be packed into one life? How much may one life demand of us? In Naked Mountain Marcia Mabee describes with honesty and without sentimentality her life with her love, Tim, their ownership and protection of Naked Mountain one of the Blue Ridge Mountains and how cancer took from her what she most valued. Listen to this intimate interview here
The Cover of her memoir, Naked Mountain by Marcia Mabee

Cancer Memoir, Ecology, Inspirational Memoir, Wildflower Preservation Area, Grief and Uplifting as Marcia Mabee reveals Naked Mountain

Naked Mountain   November 28th 2016 

How much can be packed into one life? How much may one life demand of us? In Naked Mountain Marcia Mabee describes with honesty and without sentimentality her life with her love, Tim, their ownership and protection of Naked Mountain one of the Blue Ridge Mountains and how cancer took from her what she most valued. Listen to this intimate interview here
The Cover of her memoir, Naked Mountain by Marcia Mabee

Beta Readers, Indie Pub Editors, Canadian History and More with Elaine Cougler

Elaine Cougler, former English teacher who knows her way around a sentence or two, gives over about Beta Readers and how she finds them for her books, Indie Publishing Editors, the skills of writing, how our minds move when we write or read, and her joys in writing The Loyalist's Wife trilogy about Canadian Loyalists history here.
Book cover for the Loyalist Legacy Elaine Cougler author of The Loyalists Trilogy

Praise for The Loyalist’s Luck:

“The Loyalist's Luck is a wonderful sequel!...It is a well-written, engaging story…”                                                                                   Denise at So Many Books, So Little Time

“--an emotional read! …you wrote the battle scenes in such detail, I felt as though I were in the midst of the horror and fear…”                                     Dale, an admirer

“From the opening of the first page, [Elaine] writes in a way that made me read with lightning speed, for at every turn of the page, a new drama, twist, or turn, was occurring…”                                                                Erin at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

When the War of 1812 is finally over William and Catherine Garner flee the desolation of Niagara and find in the wild heart of Upper Canada their two hundred acres straddling the Thames River. On this valuable land, dense forests, wild beasts, disgruntled Natives, and pesky neighbors daily challenge them. The political atmosphere laced with greed and corruption threatens to undermine all of the new settlers’ hopes and plans. William cannot take his family back to Niagara, but he longs to check on his parents from whom he has heard nothing for two years. Leaving Catherine and the children, he hurries along the Governor’s Road toward the turn-off to Fort Erie, hoping to return in time for spring planting.  
With realistic insights into the challenging lives of Ontario’s early settlers, Elaine Cougler once again draws readers into the Loyalists’ struggles to build homes, roads, and relationships, and their growing dissension as they move ever closer to another war. The Loyalist Legacy shows us the trials faced by ordinary people who conquer unbelievable hardships and become extraordinary in the process.

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A lifelong reader and high school teacher, Elaine found her passion for writing once her family was grown. She loves to read history for the stories of real people reacting to their world. Bringing to life the tales of Loyalists in the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and Rebellion of 1837 is very natural as Elaine’s personal roots are in those struggles. She lives today in the heart of Ontario and is the descendant of Loyalists who lived through the times of which she writes. www.elainecougler.com