I started the new year giving a podcast interview on Jan 6 to Dr. Ivy Margulies of Angels Born Still. Dr. Margulies is a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles specializing in maternal mental health, including postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, reproductive challenges, miscarriage, and newborn loss and grief. I loved this interview. It was refreshing to speak with such a devoted practitioner, seeking always to find ways to help her clients, and expand her awareness as a pioneer in her field. There is a special place in my heart for those who hold the more difficult moments of our human experience.
On Dec 3, 2018 I gave a presentation at GATE Academy to K-8th graders on Seven Tips on Speaking to the Hearing Impaired. It was exceptionally rewarding and inspiring, as addressing children always is. This topic is dear to me as I have struggled through classrooms and life with only half my hearing. It took me a lifetime to learn how to advocate for my needs, or even just to understand that I had special needs and not to be ashamed about that. In teaching these kids how to speak to someone with special needs hearing, I hoped to accomplish two very important things.
- To teach them that we all have needs, and some of us special needs, and that that’s ok.
- Getting an early acceptance of yourself and ability to speak up for what you need is a gift. This is healthy self-advocacy.
At this school, every six weeks the children deliver an oral presentation on a topic they have researched and written a presentation on. It turns out that these same seven tips are also excellent public speaking guidance! As I listened to their presentations the week after my presentation, I certainly heard a difference. This is the gift of accepting and presenting yourself.
Please read below to learn more about the 'Seven Tips' and Thank you GATE Academy for a wonderful experience!
On Speaking to the Hearing Impaired
- Look right in the eyes of the person you’re talking to, so they can read your lips
- Keep the view of your mouth unobstructed
At JFK University in the Expressive Arts Class
After a successful first class in November 2018, I will be teaching the following class annually in the Intro to Expressive Arts class at JFK for Terry Hatcher:
Learn how sound affects your nervous system and how to use sound in order to bring about a state of peace and calm, reducing the stress in your life and easing your journey. We will use a technology that measures your heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), to guide us. After a brief overview of the science of vibration, in this workshop you will experience how to measure your nervous systems response to sound using your heart rate and to select sounds to achieve a state of uplifting calm. We will explore sound techniques such as Crystal Bowls, Toning, Tuning, Chanting, Singing and Drumming.
It's a very cool program: https://www.jfku.edu/course/expressive-arts/.
As reprinted from Continuum 8, the Newsletter for the Society for Consciousness Studies.
This book is an extremely important view of jazz as both a marriage between African American and European cultures, and as an example, or call to an integral leadership which emulates its creative, improvised complexity.
The Newsletter of the Society for Consciousness Studies - Continuum 8
“Jazz has always been a frontier of inquiry, with experimentation in multiple registers.”
~ Nate Chinen
“What we call music in our everyday language is only a miniature from that music or harmony of the whole universe which is working behind everything, and which is the source and origin of nature.”
~ Hazrat Inayat Khan
“Consciousness is more like music than computation. The brain is like an orchestra, like improvised jazz.”
~ Stuart Hameroff
In his new book, Black Music Matters, Ed Sarath’s scholarship and vision lead us into a central evolutionary rhythm of our times—integration. The Integral Era is upon us, an era of complexity, connectivity and unity (Gebser, 1985; Aurobindo, 1990; Combs, 2002; Combs, 2009). What better symbol for this expansion into multi-rhythmic, diversity and transdisciplinary thought than Jazz.
As reprinted from World Futures Journal.
This book is one of the most important books of 2017. Laszlo shows us the nature of vibration, and a universe made up of meaning and compassion.
In his book, The Intelligence of the Cosmos: Why Are We Here?, Ervin Laszlo, the Hungarian philosopher of science, systems theorist, and integral theorist, structures his theories on consciousness around the three perennial questions this author first came to know through mythologist Joseph Campbell and the study of world religions: Who are we? Where did we come from? And where are we going?
Laszlo begins the book with his credo, Eight Cardinal Propositions, which he then works out in further detail in the first section of the book. His introduc- tion is written by well-known British primatologist Jane Goodall. Goodall delivers a perfectly grounded and earthy harmonic counterpoint to the discus- sion of that which we cannot see or touch or know with our five senses. In the second part, Laszlo presents seven colleagues’ reflections on this time of revo- lutionary knowledge and understanding. Last, an afterword by James O’Dea applauds the map of consciousness Laszlo has now made available to us.