TedTalk: In clear, nontechnical language, string theorist Brian Greene explains how our understanding of the universe has evolved from Einstein's notions of gravity and space-time to superstring theory, where minuscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe...
Using an opponents force against them is the fundamental teaching of the Jiu-Jitsu art. When two equal and opposing forces go head to head the force is neutralized. If the forces are unequal, one side gains a marginal victory. Using the force of an opponent requires little or no energy of your own...
by Michael Williams, PhD,
Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling
1. Be present: Before you begin telling your story, take time to be present with your audience. Smile, make eye contact, say hello to a few people, and thank them for coming. Others who see this will feel you’re actually a friendly human being. Feel the energy in the room. Remember, the audience wants you to do well. Tap into that energy. Introduce yourself. Take the time to create the space in which you will deliver the story. Pace it out, get a feel of it, make it yours. Connect with your breathing. Listen . . . then begin. Commit to the story and have fun. Let the story tell you.
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As a storyteller, people often assume I’m an extrovert who loves getting up in front of people and telling stories. I do. But that doesn’t mean I’m not nervous. The truth is, I’m an introvert and not entirely comfortable being in front of large groups of people. But I love sharing stories with others. And thanks to some techniques, some sound advice, and lots of practice, I can now stand up in front of an audience and deliver my stories and actually enjoy the experience.
In what follows, I share some reflections gathered over the years as a storyteller and story coach. Some were passed on to me by some very wise mentors and coaches and others have come about through trial and error. But over the years, I’ve found them to be 5 sure-fire ways to tell a compelling story. I hope you will too. All the best on your journey to becoming the storyteller you want to be. Feel free to e-mail me with your story.
Modern women in the West are blessed to have more freedom in life than ever. We work hard in the world with career, family and community. We delve deep into spirituality and creative pursuits. We pay attention to our bodies, health and wellbeing. If we really want to, we can pursue our every dream. So how do we create the extra energy needed for all this multi-tasking without burning out and fading away?..
Editor's Note from Carolyn White:Do you multi-task? Do you ever feel like you need more energy to accomplish what you need to do on a day-by-day basis? The Solar Plexus Chakra functions as your energy center - think of the radiant energy of the Sun, which provides energy for all living things on this Earth. This third Chakra is the source of your personal power.
Ayurveda, a healing system thousands of years old, carries within it a harmonizing approach as evocative and moving as the most uplifting music ever created. I have found, to my enduring delight, that this is a system based upon energy...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ayurveda is one of the most beautiful and touching systems that can be likened to a work of art. Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant Darla Graves Palmer offers a delightful reflection on how Ayurveda relates to nature, energy and the universal consciousness. When we pause to examine our connection to all living things and sense the woven fabric of energy, we gain an unparalled sense of joy. It is our journey of reciprocation that guides us along until we reach a state of universal equilibrium. Namaste.
I like to think of us as deep sea divers. Because what we’re learning on this planet is similar to taking a course in Scuba 101...
Editor's Note from Carolyn White:Often, describing energy and the effect of E-motions - energy in motion - is a challenge. Emotions play a substantial role in creating your wellness. If you control your emotions, does it mean that you will have no emotions? Hand analyst Jena Griffiths offers an amazing analogy on managing your emotions. In part one of this article, she relates how learning to shift levels of experience enables you to dive deep into your inner being and rise to the surface.
Over the last decade or so, there has been a shift, albeit a forcible shift, prompted by the consumers of health care who have sought alternative means and methods and spent considerable non-insurance dollars in the process...
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