Healing, Inspiration, Cancer, Addiction, Faith, Gratitude, Emotional Abuse

Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse 

March 13   2017

Kathy Pooler's life has offered many obstacles: emotional abuse, her son's addiction, her own diagnosis with cancer and now she faces kidney replacement. Yet Kathy serves all of us as an inspiration: her honesty, her courage and determination to stay in gratitude and faith every day will brighten your heart. Listen in here.

Cover of book Faith, Healing, Inspiration, Cancer, Emotional Abuse, Son's Addiction

Nightmares and Healing, Healing through Nightmares

Nightmares and How They Heal
Feb 22   2017

Although science reports on Nightmares as being more frequent in children between the ages of 3 and 6 years old, and although other scientific expertise claims nightmares to be associated with PTSD the truth is Nightmares Heal.

This is how it works. All dreams inspire the same chemical and hormonal response in our brains and bodies as if the events being imaged took place in the day realm. For example, if you dream of being on vacation, in a sunny place with the sound of the ocean nearby, your brain during that image produces the same calming, relaxing hormones as if you truly experienced the warm sand and the ocean spray.

Nightmares also produce the same chemicals and hormones as if you had the daytime experience. To have a nightmare of being chased and having nowhere to escape, your breath quickens, pulse increases and stress hormones like cortisol flow through your body.

How is that healing? When the stress is over, your body is actually stronger in some ways. Cortisol leaves in its wake regulated blood pressure and a heightened immune system. Therefore when your days have been stressful and especially when you have not had enough sleep, nightmares help establish a stronger baseline of health. 

Next time you have a nightmare watch your mood for the next 24 hours. You'll discover you feel better, more relaxed and more at ease in your world. That's the healing power of Nightmares. 

Memoir, Life Story, Anxiety, Healing, Separation Anxiety A Coming of Middle Age Story

Separation Anxiety A Coming of Middle Age Story
February 20  2017

Back Cover "The woman in this book is not famous. The events of her life are not tragic. The setting is not exotic. This is an ordinary story. Which makes it an extraordinary memoir. 
Miji Campbell grew up in a close-knit family in the 1960's and 1970's. The youngest of three girls, she was raised under her parents' watchful eye, in a middle-class Calgary suburb called Kingsland. Her life proceeds in an orderly fashion: coming of age, university, first job, first apartment—then suddenly, inexplicably, it begins to unravel." Listen in here as Miji Campbell explores her book, publishing and what comes next. 

memoir, anxiety, healing, middle age, separation anxiety
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Yoga Better Than Walking, Research on GABA in Yoga, Yoga Preferred Exercise,

GABA Shows Yoga Better Than Walking Exercise

Isn’t Yoga the same as any gentle exercise, say, walking? The answer is no and science helps us understand why.
A study by Chris C. Streeter  on the effects of GABA resulting from walking as distinct from Yoga yields a positive baseline in favour of Yoga: Yoga produces more GABA than does the same amount of time walking.

Here's what happened. Streeter found suitable subjects and randomly separated them into two groups: walkers and yoga practitioners. Each group practiced their exercise for 60 mins., 3 times weekly for 12 weeks.

Results? The brains of those who practiced yoga compared with those who walked demonstrated greater calm, greater decrease in anxiety, greater ease of sleep, in fact every aspect associated with increased GABA. 

GABA, produced in the thalamus, is a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters fill cells that sit between the dendrites in our brains. Dendrites? Think November trees in southern Ontario: bare branches that don't touch. Dendrites sit on the main trunks of brain nerves, called neurons. Dendrites reach out, do not touch but in the presence of a cell surrounding two dendrites, they reach out and hold hands. Their hand holding will have different effects, depending on the neurotransmitter in this case GABA.

GABA increases calm, decreases anxiety, aids sleep, balances mood disorders and its presence indicates increased attention span. This is the result of exercise and especially of practicing Yoga regularly.

Walking provides benefit and is certainly desirable over not exercising! Yoga delivers a larger punch of the feel good stuff, GABA. And isn't feeling better why we practice?

Healing, Health, Vagus Nerve, Rest and Digest, Turn on Vagus Nerve Turn off Worry

Vagus Nerve Most Important for Your Health
Feb. 13th  2017 

The Vagus Nerve, so called out of the Latin root for Wanderer, like the words vagrant and vagabond, runs from our brain down our throats and connects with every major organ. From heart, liver, pancreas, lungs, kidneys and more, the Vagus nerve describes back to the brain the momentary condition of each organ.
In like manner the brain sometimes describes conditions inside or outside the body and the Vagus nerve picks up the information.
Here’s the kicker: the Vagus nerve has a soft spot for connecting with the Parasympathetic Nervous System, the system that can down regulate any excessive, anxious, uptight moment we have. The Parasympathetic Nervous System called into action creates something referred to as the “Rest and Digest” response.

 Knowing how to stimulate the Vagus Nerve means pulling the cord of this lovely, “let’s rest and relax” Parasympathetic Nervous System, until it turns on, a helpful trick in our overly anxious, over stimulated world.

 Here are some useful, and easy to do, ways to stimulate the Vagus Nerve, and uptick the “Rest and Digest” part of your nervous system.

1/ Cold: everything from a cold shower to dipping your face in cold water serves to stimulate the Vagus Nerve.

2/ Singing or Chanting, both will increase flow in the Vagus Nerve. If you prefer the more serene chanting method, by all means, but don’t hold back if your inner rock’n’roll star wants to belt out a few. Loud singing, using the back of your throat especially, gets the Vagus Nerve’s attention. Don’t strain though. Too much push on the throat may leave your voice raw next day.

3/Yoga! (we are not surprised)

4/ Meditation  (again, no shocker here)

5/Gargling! This is a bit of a surprise. Before you swallow a glass of water, try gargling.

Here's a partial list of some of the trouble stimulating the Vagus Nerve helps: Anxiety Disorders, Heart Disease, OCD, Alzheimer's, Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Obesity, Tinnitus, Bulimia, Memory Disorders, Mood Disorders, Cancer, Leaky Gut.

Your Vagus Nerve promotes a sense of well-being and relaxation, that fine sensibility that all is well with the world. Try these methods to get an immediate boost into the calm serenity of Vagus Nerve response.

Memoir, Adventurous Women, Woman Behind Lines Afghanistan,

My Journey Through War and Peace: 
Feb 6 2017

Melissa Burch, author of My Journey Through War and Peace continues her life journey and her memoir writing with The Heroine's Journey—in this phase of her life, she and her husband have sold up and journey now in an RV! Listen in as Melissa describes some of the adventures they have in the Gaia Bus and why they have chosen to live the way they do. 

Melissa Burch, one of many Memoirists in the upcoming b2bcycon   
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