New Year 2016 Newsletter

New Associate for the New Year

I’d like to introduce and welcome Annette (Zoe) Fallian, MAOM, L.Ac., licensed acupuncturist, who will be joining me in practice at my office at 966 Lorane Hwy. Zoe will be able to see you when I am away or not available at the times you need, to provide ongoing consistency of care. Zoe will also provide care for new patients so that we can offer more open appointment times in the schedule. Zoe’s hours will be Mondays and Thursdays from 2-5:30 pm.

Kamala’s hours are Tuesdays, 2-5:30pm, Wednesdays 10 am – 5:30, and Fridays 9am – 4:30pm

About Zoe

Growing up, I was always interested in the healing arts, but it took me a long time to be ready to commit to that path. As a little girl, most of my favorite games had me playing doctor. Both allopathic and traditional medicine were used by my family to treat what ailed us, whether it was herbal teas and poultices for coughs and sprained ankles, or acupuncture for my mother’s migraine headaches. It would have made sense for me to have become a physician.

But life, with all its distractions, got in the way. After college, with degrees in math and psychology, I tried out the business world, but my interests kept bringing me back to health and wellness. Finally I was ready to follow my passion, and in 2007 I enrolled at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. I completed the Asian bodywork certification program there, then moved to Portland, OR where I received my Master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. As I learn more about this medicine, I am continually fascinated by it. It paints a whole picture of the person in his/her environment and uses a poetic metaphor to help solve the puzzle of disease and bring about wellness.

It’s a privilege to be a healthcare provider, to be allowed into the private lives of individuals and trusted to guide them to health.

Classes and Events designed to help meet the New Year with balance, grace and right action

Grounded, Open, Awake

This six week class will help us embody balance and clear decision-making. To this end, we will practice walking forms of qigong to strengthen the lower body and help us move forward towards our goals.  We will also practice sitting meditation to focus the mind, awaken the heart, and expand awareness. Beginners are welcome.

Dates: Monday nights from 2/15 – 3/21
Time:  6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Location: Temple Beth Israel, 29th and University St, Eugene, upstairs in the library
Fee: $145, or $120 if paid in full by February 1.
To register:  send check to Kamala Quale, 966 Lorane Hwy, Eugene OR 97405, call 541-345-2220 for more info

 

Sing Kiirtan and Meditate with Didi Jayagiita

Didi (sister) Jayagiita will be in Eugene again for more chanting and meditation. Didi lives in Portland and works at New Day School, a preschool that supports young children with love and awareness of how all of life is connected.

There are two opportunities to participate and enjoy. One is at the Community Kiirtan event, Sat. Feb 7, Freedom Yoga on 1633 Willamette at 7pm. The other is a more personal afternoon of spiritual chanting and meditation at Kamala’s home and office, 966 Lorane Hwy, Eugene on Sunday Feb 8, 1-2:30 pm.

Dates and Times: Saturday Community Kiirtan, Feb 20, 7-9pm, donation accepted
Sunday, Feb 21 at Kamala’s, 1-2:30 pm, donation (for Didi) accepted
RSVP for Sunday: call Kamala, 541-345-2220 or email kquale@moonandlotus.com

 

Evening with the Monk Dude: Save the Date!

Monday evening, April 11

Location in Eugene TBA

Dada (brother) Nabanhilananda is a yogic monk, a musician and an author who speaks regularly to groups of people about the benefits of spiritual meditation and kiirtan, or spiritual chanting, to enhance creativity and participate in the revolution of love. Dada will be here in Eugene to speak to us. Exact time and location to be announced.

Two Articles to Inspire You

New Year’s Predictions

My sense is that this year is going to be one of quick change, and give us opportunities to evolve towards bringing more humanitarian spirit into our lives and world. One reason is the number 9, which symbolizes global awareness, and the other is the evolutionary significance of the monkey. The Year of the Monkey, according to Chinese astrology, begins on February 8th.

When you add the numbers in 2016 together (2+0+1+6) they equal 9.  From a numerological perspective, 9 is associated with global awareness. With its circle on top and tail below, 9 symbolizes love and care that is extended out to the world in a generous and humanitarian way. (numerology.com).

Nine is a universal number. If you extend the tail of the number 9 up and over its head and continue around, you get a spiral that moves around a central point. The spiral is a symbol of the natural order in the greater universe and in ourselves which moves out from and around a source; like the orbit of the planets around the sun, or the rotation of the Big Dipper around the North Star. In a spiritual sense it can represent the orbit of our lives around the nucleus of our inner source, soul and connection to the cosmos.  Spirals symbolize our intimate relationship with the greater Whole of life.

February 8th begins the Year of the Monkey.  The monkey is a symbol of evolution, as it represents a middle stage between animals that walk on four legs, and humans that walk on two legs. In the body, the monkey is associated with the Bladder meridian network which, in addition to the discharge of urine, has the essential function of nourishing the systems of the body that help us evolve and move, namely the brain, spine, and nervous system. 

A monkey is characterized as playful, curious, smart, clever, quick, and sometimes naughty.  Each year, the animal is associated with one of the five elements, and this year, we have the fire monkey. Fire is bright, inspiring, passionate, hot and active.  In a spiritual sense, it represents, the divine spark within each of us, and the way that spark manifests in our lives through our actions and our speech.  Fire is also associated with joy, open heartedness and love. So from an evolutionary perspective, the energy of a fire monkey in 2016 may help us draw from our inner source of inspiration to guide our responses and actions this year in a humanitarian way.

 After listening to Johanna Mitchell’s astrological predictions for 2016, the correlate from western astrology for the fire element is Mars.  According to Johanna, the energy of the planet Mars is very active this year especially through August. It brings a warrior energy, which can be strengthening or destructive, depending on how we respond to it. Mars’ energy can help us with the positive side of fire, which is inspiration and courage; or the shadow side of violence and hatred. With the presidential election, the trouble in the Middle East and the violent outbursts within our own country, there will be plenty of opportunity for people of good heart to embody the word of love.

Taken together, how might this all look in the current year?  Perhaps events will change quickly and we will have to be both smart and intuitive about how we respond to them. Challenges may take us to our edges and open the door to new awareness and personal evolution. Flexibility, strength and self-awareness are key. The universe is supporting us with the number 9, the ability to have global awareness and act with a humanitarian agenda.

Here are a few ideas for managing this year:

·         Take in the changing events with an attitude of curiosity and mindfulness about inner responses to them. Breathe, relax the shoulders, smile and be open to possibilities.

·         Be discerning.  Rather than being reactive and pulled off center by outside events, resonate with inner truth, attune to personal goals, and act accordingly.

·         Do take action to meet your goals. Be part of the force of change you want to see in the world.

·         Take care of your body and mind. Be smart about finding the balance between work and play.

·         Exercise. Take a hint from monkeys: jump, shake, and move the limbs.  These activities greatly reduce stress and clear the mind. Jumping and shaking moves the lymph and increases the circulation, bringing more warmth and vitality to body and mind.  It also puts a smile on your face.  A small trampoline rebounder is great for this.

 

The Heart, the Brain and Well Being: 

How brain science shows the effects of self-Initiated practices that can heal the body, sustain creativity and increase resilience in the face of challenging situations

Modern science has been catching up with teachings from contemplative wisdom traditions. Research has been able to show the beneficial physiological effects of practices like meditation on the brain, and the healthy influence of positive emotions on heart rhythm. People like Rick Hansen, author of Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, and the Heart Math Institute are sources for this kind of neurobiological information.

In a recent interview between Dada Nabanilananda, (aka The Monk Dude) and Rich Hansen some interesting information was presented correlating the effects of meditation and the brain. Dada (brother) is an avid proponent of spiritual meditation and its benefits. Here is a link to his u tube series on questions and answers about the purpose and benefits of meditation: https://www.youtube.com/user/nabhaniilananda

Brain science has reliably shown that long-term meditators have:

·         A thicker prefrontal cortex, which helps us be able to control our focus and emotions. 

·         Less stimulation of the amygdala, which means that we are less emotionally reactive.

·         More support for the hippocampus, which helps us put things in perspective, and increases our resilience.

·         Increased activity of the left prefrontal cortex, which elevates our mood and calms negative emotional spikes, and increased gamma wave activity, which helps us feel more integrated.

Here is a link to his interview with Rick Hansen:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcwsXxvPs_I

We can influence our heart rhythm at will by simply aligning ourselves with emotions and attitudes like appreciation, care, compassion, respect and love.  These generate a smooth sine-wave like pattern, which reflects increased order in the brain, and a general shift towards activating the parasympathetic nervous system that is responsible for rest and repair. Emotions such as frustration, anger, anxiety and worry lead to heart rhythms that are highly variable and erratic. With the first heart rhythm, we feel ease and flow in life.  With the second, we feel stuck, erratic, and out of sync. When we notice signs of being out of synch, or balance, we can find those avenues of expression and inspiration that help us get back into alignment.

The good news is that practices like meditation, prayer, inner smiling, and breath and movement exercises like yoga and qigong are simple to learn and practice, and have a profound effect on our heart rhythm and brain function. They help us think “outside of the box” and take responsibility for our lives in new ways.

Regular practice increases coherence and changes how we experience life.  Some of the benefits are:

·         The ability to focus and sustain the steady attention it takes to manifest something.  This, in turn, increases creativity and our ability to manifest from a deeper place inside.

·         Helps us become more open and tolerant, and less reactive to others and to outside event in our lives. We can approach life with more equanimity and less clinging.

·         Our perspective increases and we feel more in touch with the depth of the connection we have with everything around us.  

·         We are more easily able to attune to the flow of intuitive awareness and guidance that is always present behind our thoughts. This helps especially in times of challenges like facing illness and trauma.

When we see positive mental and emotional change in ourselves, this is evidence of neurological change in the brain and heart rhythm which brings more coherence to body, mind and emotions.  The term “neuroplasticity” refers to the ability of the brain to change, at any age.  All we have to do is put in the effort to create new patterns, and take our focus away from reacting to life in ways that no longer serve us.  This gives us a means to have more inner peace and come from a place of openness, love, and curiosity, when dealing with ourselves, and our family, community, and world.