Saybrook University's Kirwan Rockefeller on Positive Transformation: Surround Yourself with Really Great People and Cheerleaders!09/21/2015
Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.” This is the eighth installment in Dr. Rockefeller’s series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation through imagery.
Now that you’re moving well along the path of living the life you’ve imagined, by becoming aware of your internal attitudes, beliefs and cognitions (what I call the ABCs of Imagery), you’ll find your behavior begins to shift, developing more in alignment with your highest good. When this starts to occur, you may also notice that some people in your life don’t like you upsetting the apple cart. When you shift the status quo, it frequently makes other people uncomfortable.
Saybrook University PhD Student, Jana Downum, Presents Pilot Study Research on Biofeedback-Assisted Rehabilitation from Stroke at Houston Biofeedback Conference09/21/2015
Jana Downum is a PhD student in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University. She is certified in biofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, the most respected credentialing body in the biofeedback world. Jana Downum shared the following news:
"I am excited to announce that I have been asked to present at the Biofeedback Society of Texas’ 41st Annual Conference. I will travel to Houston, Texas, to discuss my doctoral pilot study. I am basing my dissertation work on the case studies of two stroke survivors. I collaborated with two rehabilitation therapists during their post-acute rehabilitation. Biofeedback interventions were added to other rehabilitation therapies to help survivors successfully return to daily functional activities."
Saybrook University's Kirwan Rockefeller Addresses the Transformative Power of Imagery: Let your Imagination Soar!09/14/2015
Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.” This is the seventh installment in Dr. Rockefeller’s series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation.
As I’ve previously written in this blog, all acts of human creation and innovation first began as a thought or an image in someone's mind. At some point, someone has always imagined or said “I wonder what would happen if _______.” Embrace a sense of child-like wonder at the universe and allow yourself to consider that you are not your “problems, issues or circumstances.” Rather you are a spiritual being moving through an experience and you are not a victim of the “’stances which circumvent you.”
Recent Saybrook Graduate, Mallory Rowell, Reflects on her Saybrook Experience and Contemplates a Future in Mind-Body Medicine09/14/2015
Recent graduate of Saybrook’s master’s program in Mind-Body Medicine, Mallory Rowell, imagines how she will use her new knowledge and skills to research and develop health promotion and self-care strategies for the communities of Central Ohio. Her current work as a clinical research coordinator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has shaped her studies at Saybrook, as her awareness and curiosity around child and adolescent health has grown.
Mallory comments, “Each time we were asked to write a paper on an area of interest, I found myself coming back to developing a thorough understanding of the physiology of the stress response and analyzing the effect that disruption of normal functioning had on human development.” Mallory appreciated spending her time finding and analyzing research on the effects of childhood stress and is particularly interested in mindfulness as an intervention. Her capstone master's project, A Discussion of Mindfulness Education in Schools: Current Research and Considerations, illuminated the current literature for mindfulness interventions in schools in terms of what things are working well and where studies can improve in research design.
Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.” This is the sixth installment in Dr. Rockefeller’s series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation.
When you look at your life, how do you view it? Do you automatically envision yourself as the biggest loser, an American idol, or a real housewife? Maybe you think about yourself as a late bloomer, the good guy or the cheerleader. No matter how you think about your internal identify, one fact remains. You are more than the sum of all the parts and elements that make you the "you" that you are.
Recent Saybrook Graduate Angeline Siegel Addresses "The Tiger Under the Bed" -- Human-Animal Intersubjectivity09/07/2015
The thing about living with a tiger under your bed is that you have to be really good at listening. No one tells you how much they talk. Let alone how many times you’ll be bending over the side of your bed, getting a head rush in order to carry on a conversation. The talks with my tiger never seemed to really stop. She would grunt or purr across the house to tell me her most recent idea. When I ventured outside, it was much of the same thing except louder. Yet, no one else seemed to hear her voice or the many others I encountered while outside climbing rocks or playing in the creek.
As children, most of us have an innate sense of belonging in this world. We believe our thoughts and emotions are intrinsically linked to other living beings because we feel at one with them, even though our parents shake their heads. Unlike many, I chose to cultivate and study this connection. At Saybrook University I became focused on how these moments of oneness, called intersubjectivity, influence scientific behavior and practice where animals are involved. Here I am addressing a sense of intersubjectivity between humans and animals.
Recent Graduate from Saybrook University Presents Strategies for Cultivating a Clinical Practice in Mind-Body Medicine08/28/2015
James M. Cahill, MS, BCB, is a recent graduate of the Saybrook University College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. Here James Cahill presents strategies for cultivating and promoting a clinical practice in mind-body healthcare services.
Working from the Heart
I have noticed, here at Saybrook, that there is a wide continuum of experience among us with regard to marketing. We seem to have much greater, and more natural, strengths in our beloved field of Mind-Body Medicine (MBM). Most of us are authentically motivated by its wise paradigms, practices, and worldview, while we may be hesitant—or even disdainful—of the business-end of clinical practice.
Saybrook University Integrative Medicine Student Arielle Dance Wins "Herbert Spiegel Scientific Poster Award" for Poster on Hypnotically-Assisted Childbirth and Labor.08/24/2015
Arielle Denise Dance is a doctoral student in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University. Arielle has a master's degree in women’s health.
Diagnosed with endometriosis at 15 years old, Arielle has spent the majority of her academic career being an advocate in the women’s health community focusing on topics of chronic pain, disability, and marginalized communities. Arielle currently works for the American Cancer Society, but is extremely passionate about her work within the field of Integrative Medicine especially geared towards women’s health research. Upcoming research includes assisting women with endometriosis using specific relaxation techniques including meditation, deep breathing, and guided imagery.
Dr. Annapoorni Ramasubramanian, Ayurvedic Physician, Provides Nutritional Perspectives for Students in Saybrook’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences08/21/2015
Dr. Anapoorni Ramasubramanian studied Ayurvedic medicine at the K.G.M.P. Ayurved Mahavidyalaya in Mumbai, India, achieving a Bachelors and Doctorate degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. She also has six years of teaching experience with the California College of Ayurveda and is a positive and inspirational Ayurveda practitioner. She strives to help others find balance and inner peace for lifelong physical, mental and spiritual health.
Presently, Dr. Ramasubramanian is working with Saybrook University as an Ayurveda teacher in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. Her students know her as “Dr. Anu.” Her newest Ayurveda course will focus on Ayurvedic nutritional principles, and will be available beginning in Fall 2016 for students in the mind-body medicine degree programs as well as for students in Saybrook’s new master’s degree in integrative and functional nutrition.
Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.” This is the fifth installment in Dr. Rockefeller’s series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation.
Have you ever lain awake at 2 AM in the morning with your mind spinning out of control? You might be imagining all the things that can, and no doubt you think, will go wrong. If so, then you know the mental rumination about all the terrible things you’re worrying about appear much larger, deeply menacing and frightfully disturbing in the dark, wee hours. The ghosts, gremlins, energy vampires and wicked witches seize your mind, body and spirit until you’re paralyzed with fear and inertia. Stuck doesn’t feel very good as you literally worry yourselves sick.