‘Visionary’ to Offer Therapy through ‘The Song of the Singing Crystal Bowls’
By Susan Van Dongen Special Writer
MyCentralJersey.com, July 7, 2009
What key is the universe in?
Musician, healer and visionary Jay Schwed has read that Albert Einstein felt the key of the universe was G- flat, which ties in well with a collection of crystal bowls Mr. Schwed has accumulated, the most delightful of which plays the note F-sharp — or G-flat.
It’s called a “Faience Bowl” and is a replica of an ancient Egyptian bowl which was used to “tune people up,” help them achieve a light, “high” heart.
by Deborah Metzger
The Courier News and Home News Tribune May 12th, 2009 and on MyCentralJersey.com
Breathing is the most basic function of human life. The body can live without solid food for 3 to 4 weeks, 2 days without water, but only 3 to 5 minutes without air.
What we call life begins with our first breath in and ends with our last breath out and is the process of all the breaths in between. Most of us don’t realize that we are not getting the most out of the breath of life.
New alternative program helps reduce stress
by Cheryl Ann Borne
The Courier News and The Home News Tribune, April 21, 2009, and on MyCentralJersey.com
“It’s not the events of our lives that stress us, but rather the interpretation of those events.”
New-age mumbo-jumbo? Hardly. That quote is from Epictetus in 50 A.D.
Through meditation, we learn mindfulness, which focuses on self-empowerment through increasing awareness of being in the present moment. This enables us to overcome matters that stress us.
by Pat Vroom, PhD
Packet Online, April 2008
Judging from the number of articles in the popular press and the funding of new research, an increasingly high value is being put on psychotherapy that incorporates mindfulness. Mindfulness is short for mindfulness meditation, which focuses on self-empowerment through increasing awareness of being in the present moment. Since Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD first introduced us to the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, we have seen an expansion of mindfulness-based programs to include anxiety, depression, addiction, eating, behavior, pain, high blood pressure, etc. One of the newest and most heavily researched of these programs is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression.
Yoga, Kicked Up a Notch
by Sarah Firshein
Packet Online for Central Jersey, January 22, 2008
In a sealed 100-degree room, the standing bow pulling pose becomes even more difficult and summons mental quietude for balance and stability.
It is a Thursday night in mid-December, but here in Skillman, it’s hot enough to make Dante himself sweat.
My T-shirt is already soaked, and my hands and feet are dripping with sweat; despite this, yoga instructor Kim Dodson quietly asks me to move into adho mukha svanasana, a posture that is known colloquially as downward dog. If nothing else, the inverted pose requires arm strength and leg stability, two prerequisites that don’t hold up well on a slippery yoga mat.
Still, Ms. Dodson remains encouraging. In the softly lit room that, thanks to space heaters, has reached just about 100 degrees, her voice both calms and motivates.