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