MediMindful Moment: Meet Dr. Reginald Eadie

In this episode of Cloud 9 Online’s MediMindful Moment Podcast, co-hosts Judith Dreyer, Jeff Nelder, and Henry Edinger interview Dr. Reginald Eadie, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Trinity Health of New England. Dr. Eadie talks about the 61 Day Challenge and how significant a community can be.

Episode Highlights:

  • Judith introduces Dr. Reginald Eadie. (00:40)
  • Reginald mentions that he’s an emergency medicine physician and he’s the founder of the 61 Day Challenge. (1:07)
  • Jeff proceeds with the mindful moment exercise. (3:13)
  • Reginald shares that the purpose of the 61 Day Challenge is to identify the necessities within the community, and they have a different theme every year that they must consider the mind, the body, and the spirit. (7:16)
  • Henry mentions that it’s significant to take time for your own mental well-being. (10:16)
  • Reginald shares that whenever two or three of them gather, they start their meeting or conversation with a reflection. (11:20)
  • Reginald mentions that Trinity Health of New England is a Catholic healthcare system, and reciting scripture versus taking time to be in the moment, are two different actions. (12:02)
  • Reginald shares that the 61 Day Challenge is held every year, starting November 1 through December 31. (19:48)
  • Reginald mentions that they have seen an increase in behavioral health issues within the community. (22:00)
  • Reginald shares that this year, they’re going to address the most significant aspect of the pandemic. (23:28)
  • Henry shares the idea that Reginald’s team and the Cloud 9 team came up with a new feature that will be available on the app called, Counting Mindful Minutes. (23:49)
  • Reginald shares that from a colleague’s perspective, they’re doing it as a region and they will become a much stronger organization. Therefore, they’re more equipped to handle the community and its needs, as they interact with Trinity Health of New England. (27:00)

Key Quotes:

  • “We’ve learned a lot from our experiences through the pandemic and we are grateful that we were able to establish a relationship with you guys and the work that you do.” – Dr. Reginald Eadie
  • “I think I’m blessed to have men or women who do a great job in putting together, and this year’s partnership with you guys is evident that we need to look in the rearview mirror, and try to control the post-pandemic impact that it will have on our minds, our bodies, and our spirits.” – Dr. Reginald Eadie
  • “So just this interaction, just the time we will take regardless, of the number of minutes to sort of reset and become present at the moment, has the same impact with the food that you eat because of the hormones, foods, and things in that nature.” – Dr. Reginald Eadie
  • “I think negotiating with the kids is very favorable because it gives them the ability to participate in the decision, they have ownership, it builds responsibility, and instills accountability.” – Dr. Reginald Eadie
  • “What we’ve gone through from a pandemic perspective and what we will likely go through again, for the remainder of this calendar year. We can’t go through this alone, and we have to have a partnership as you indicate, we’ve got to be the change you want to see.” – Dr. Reginald Eadie

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MediMindful Moment Podcast: Meet Dr. Leesa Sklover

In this episode of Cloud 9 Online’s MediMindful Moment podcast, co-hosts Judith Dreyer, Jeff Nelder, and Henry Edinger interview Leesa Sklover, Ph.D., LPC, MA-CMT, CRC, IKYTA, C-IAYT, ACA, the Director of Sklover Love Life Productions. Leesa talks about integrating the use of meditation, music, and creative therapies and the significance of vibration in words and music.

Episode Highlights:

  • Judith introduces Dr. Leesa Sklover. (00:40)
  • Leesa shares that she started her career as a musician and a professional singer-songwriter. (1:16)
  • Leesa mentions that most of what she’s doing incorporates the use of meditation, music, and healing through all of the creative therapies. (1:26)
  • Leesa leads the mindful moment exercise. (4:10)
  • Leesa shares that her music genre is country pop-rock. (9:41)
  • Leesa mentions her new single entitled, Throw My Arms All Around You. (9:49)
  • Leesa shares that the majority part of our brain is musical rather than verbal, and from her perspective, meditating using sound is the key. (10:05)
  • What would Leesa suggest to someone that’s new to meditation? (11:37)
  • Leesa shares that she usually gives people a certain kind of meditation, for every session that she does for psychotherapy. (11:44)
  • Leesa mentions that vibration is a huge element in creating your own mantra. (12:54)
  • Leesa thinks that mindfulness is grounding, and meditation or other types of integrated therapies helps you to open yourself. (13:30)
  • How can people carry exercises with them throughout the day, so they can practice mindfulness? (19:40)
  • Leesa thinks that meditation is an opportunity to think through what’s bothering you, and to process it, and to figure out what you should do about it. (25:00)
  • From a music therapy perspective, Leesa thinks that everything is about the archetype of the heartbeat. Therefore, the whole world is set to the tempo. (25:13)
  • Leesa mentions her podcast series entitled, See Me As I Am. (29:13)

Key Quotes:

  • “Just think of the idea that at this moment in time, we need to bless ourselves, and bless every single person and being that we see.” Leesa Sklover
  • “Imagine yourself just singing this in your mind anywhere you are, anywhere you go. Imagine sending that circle to yourself and to those you care about, and to the things in nature that you care about. Just connecting those anchor cords everywhere you go and slowly feel your feet on the floor, feel yourself in the room, and slowly open your eyes.” Leesa Sklover
  • “Making sure you have the dusk and dawn ritual in your life and making sure that you keep that mindfulness allows people to slow down, and some people who are having a really difficult time, they’ve had to learn how to be mindful.” Leesa Sklover
  • “Think about those words, remember, remind. I’m reminding myself like Humpty Dumpty fell, you had to build them back up, you have to remind yourself all the time to bring yourself back into the moment that you’re in.” Leesa Sklover
  • “Slow yourself down and really breathe too and receive from what’s around you, and use mantra and chant as part of your mindfulness practice.” Leesa Sklover

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MediMindful Moment Podcast: Meet Javier Colon

 

 

Music touches us, moves us, soothes us, stimulates us in so many ways. How does music move you?

In this episode of Cloud 9 Online’s MediMindful Moment podcast, co-hosts Judith Dreyer, Jeff Nelder, and Henry Edinger interview Javier Colon, an American singer-songwriter and musician and winner of Season 1 of The Voice. Javier talks about his creation experience, meditation, and songwriting process. Javier also discusses how different styles of music help people express their emotions.

Episode Highlights:

  • Henry introduces the guest, Javier Colon. (0:40)
  • Javier shares his background story. (0:58)
  • Javier mentions that he was a bit shy as he came up, but ended up winning the first season of The Voice. (1:39)
  • Judith says that every person has the ability to become mindful in the current moment, and all it takes is the ability to focus on our breath. (2:50)
  • Jeff shares that this show is dedicated to helping not only the audience but each of them recording this podcast to share more mindful moments together. (3:29)
  • How does Javier feel when singing out his mantra? (7:00)
  • Aside from winning, what was Javier’s unforgettable moment about being on The Voice? (9:36)
  • Javier shares that he sang Time After Time at the audition, and got all four coaches turned around. (10:11)
  • Javier shares that he was able to sing with Stevie Nicks on the final day of The Voice. (11:54)
  • Javier talks about his kids who meditate. (12:30)
  • What is Javier’s favorite song that he has written? (15:39)
  • Javier shares that he meditates every time he jumps into a song. (19:31)
  • Jeff says that meditation is all about becoming present and increasing your awareness. (21:24)
  • Javier talks about the experience of creating, and how it brings him into the moment. (22:22)
  • Javier shares that he loves the writing process. (26:21)
  • Javier mentions that he was a vegetarian for 18 years. (30:00)
  • What advice would Javier give to the listeners? (33:06)
  • Does Javier sing in the shower? (39:21)
  • Judith says that Javier is a great example of embracing the creative moment. (40:05)
  • Judith mentions that the MediMind Guided Meditation App is available on all devices, and it is free for 90 days. (41:30)

 

Key Quotes:

  • “Honestly, singing mantras…just brings me to this place of calm that I don’t feel in any other thing that I sing. It brings me just a sense of peace, a sense of fluidity if that makes sense. I don’t feel any restrictions on my body, on my voice. I just feel very free.” – Javier Colon
  • “I love the writing process. One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to go in and create something out of nothing, something that did not exist before.” – Javier Colon
  • “When I’m not having the greatest day, sometimes I put on a certain kind of music that will either make me feel happy…that is kind of putting yourself in a mindful place.” – Javier Colon

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Blog: The Art and Science of Sound Vibration Healing

” If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Nikola Tesla

 

I taught holistic health studies at a state university for several years. I found it puzzling to realize how little most folks knew about complementary and alternative modalities (CAM). We had fun exploring the different types of healing modalities that were not routinely taught in medical schools though today that is changing.

I intended to inspire them to look beyond the western medical model, based on pharmaceuticals and surgery. And when we concluded I reminded them that color and sound vibration were the medicines of the future.

My podcast guest this week, Ed Cleveland, an advanced Gong practitioner, Holographic Sound Teacher with advanced training in 5 Elements Healing from a Bonpo perspective, is a remarkable sound healing practitioner. I scheduled a visit with Ed to experience first hand the range of instruments, singing bowls, gongs and more that he mentioned.

He reminded me of my holistic classes. Students could choose to research sound as a healing modality and they often did. I hoped their research opened doors within them that sound vibration, for example, was not new and held gifts for healing.

Pythagoras prescribed music as medicine and believed that musical intervals are clear experiences of sacred geometry. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted a study that showed music/sound was effective for both patients and caregivers helping to soothe, relieve stress. Music and sound have an impact on addiction recovery, chronic pain and releasing stress and anxiety.

Sound healing includes many instruments – crystal bowls, singing bowls, gongs, drums, flutes and more. My experience with sound healing proved to be soothing, relaxing and the variety of sounds that can be created from a large gong is nothing short of amazing.

Look for a sound practitioner with a Bonpo background. Ed used sounds that correlated to the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. I felt the wings of a bird, heard the tides coming in and out, aware of the drumbeat of the earth. All in all, it was awesome.

Sound vibration healing is making its way into our awareness and our choices. The ancient ones knew this. Shamans from long times past to the present used drumbeats in specific patterns to enter more trance states. Each culture whether using drums and flutes, didgeridoos, harps or metal bowls, chanting grasped the value of sound healing. I hope you will consider visiting a sound healing practitioner in your area. I would love to hear how sound affects you and in what ways? Thanks. Your comments are always appreciated. Enjoy. Judith

Blog: Ocean Sound Pollution Affecting Our Friends

 

The ocean world is dependent on sound more so than vision. Sound travels differently in a watery medium. It moves faster and can travel longer. Water can bend sound waves too, diverting a straight line into a zigzag type of path. What is our noise, from boats, oil rigs, deep water testing, and sonar, doing to our friends who live in the sea?

A lot.

My guest this week, Dr. Leesa Sklover, ocean activist, musician, and composer, says that whales, dolphins, shrimp, turtles, and zooplankton cannot escape harm from these practices. It’s disorienting, and if a whale cannot hear it’s basically dead. Disorientation causes stress chemicals and hormones to increase which has the potential to enter our food supply. She inspired me through her writing, her songs and passion to share with you the seriously detrimental effects noise pollution has on our ocean friends.

“The speed of sound in pure water is 1,498 meters per second, compared to 343 meters per second in air at room temperature and pressure.” Sound travels faster in the ocean because there are more molecules — specifically salt molecules — for waves to interact with, as well as higher surface temperatures.”(Sciencing)

Noise pollution has increased dramatically over the years. Increased shipping, advanced military sonic testing technologies, commercial boats, huge liners all contribute to noise pollution. Echolocation, finding prey becomes harder. Populations are diminishing, not only whales, dolphins, and other sea life but food for the larger species is scarce too. Factor in the inability to hear the click of a salmon due to noise pollution and we are finding whales who are malnourished and some cannot bring a fetus to full term

Legislation is against them too. The Cetacean Society states:

ACTION NEEDED: The newly released Presidential FY 2019 budget has taken direct aim at programs that are critical for the conservation of whales and dolphins. The Marine Mammal Commission (MMC), an independent government agency that provides science-based reviews of U.S. ocean policies that impact marine mammals and their environment, has been targeted for elimination. The cost of the MMC’s work to the US taxpayer? One penny per person per year.

The budget also looks to cut overall funding to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) by 14 percent. Even worse, the NMFS enforcement budget would be slashed by 25 percent putting cetaceans at risk from a variety of illegal activities. There are also serious cuts proposed to critical research on protected species, and habitat conservation and restoration.

If holism means the whole is only as strong as its parts, what’s happening in the oceans affects us. Ocean species are suffering and what are we doing to protect them? Do we have some responsibility to them as part of this world? Are we at a tipping point and seduced in thinking all is okay?

My Native elders would point to nature over and over again as precious, invaluable to life, and in a sense, nature’s operating system mirrors ours. If one part is dying, are we dying? In Earth Calling, by Ellen Gunter and Ted Carter, we are poked and prodded with facts to look around and feel something for the destruction going on and take action. Many of us enjoy these creatures from the sea. But are we doing enough to protect them from harm?

Enjoy Dr. Sklover’s song: See Me As I Am:  

What are you doing? I enjoy hearing your comments/your stories. Please share. Thanks.

Judith

 

Blog: Music From the Plants: Honoring Meditation Garden Day

 

 

 

Can you heart the plants sing? We hear sounds from the meadows and forests with the movement of air. But, did you know that plants make their own music too?

 

 

 

 

“Since the 1970s, Damanhur—a Federation of Communities with its own constitution, culture, art, music, currency, school and uses of science and technology (www.damanhur.org)—has researched communication with the plant world. As part of this research, they created an instrument able to perceive the electromagnetic variations from the surface of plant leaves to the root system and translated them into sound.” Pretty cool, right. Extensive research is ongoing as we develop more and more sensitive equipment to help us hear, interact, understand the complexity of the plant world. If we believe we are one, then we are connected to everything. These tools give us another way to connect with and respect the plant world, to cohabit with them.

My guest this week, Jen Frey, does just that. She mentions Damanhur community, the type of equipment needed and brings this awareness to many events.

Since May 3rd Is Garden Meditation Day I thought I would include a plant song, Red Roses, for you to use for your meditation today. Red Roses, long the symbol of love shares her beautiful music. Remember all comments, and shares are appreciated. Enjoy. Judith

 

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