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Making Every Moment Count

Are you looking to improve your life? Feel free to go all out. Research out of UC Santa Barbara finds that it’s easier to make improvements to your life simultaneously rather than one at a time.

Michael Mrazek, director of research at UCSB’s Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential, conducted the study in which participants were encouraged to eat healthy/whole foods, get a good night’s sleep, do yoga or other forms of exercise and practice ‘mindfulness.’

“The fundamental skills of mindfulness are the ability to tend to something and release distractions that arise,” instructed Mrazak. “In any task that you choose to engage with, try to engage fully with that task.”

Mrazek says the combination of eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep and practicing mindfulness is very powerful when it comes to making changes in your life. “Mindfulness is easier to cultivate if you are well-rested.”

The results were remarkable. Participants noticed positive changes in their lives, along with a a dramatic increase in self esteem.

“Everybody found their own value… se puede comprar viagra sin receta medica. everyone also left with some unique benefits and some unique strategies,” said Mrazek.

The Buddy System

If you are very serious about making a big change in your life, it’s best to not do it alone.

“Both a buddy and a coach can be invaluable when you’re trying to change your life,” said Mrazek.

Are you ready to become the person you dream of being? There’s no time like the present.

“Every moment counts,” said Mrazek “because we chose to help people in so many different dimensions in their lives, they were capturing every opportunity available in every moment to move their lives forward.”

Read more on Mrazek’s research in the UC Santa Barbara Current

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Overcoming Trauma & Setting Healthy Boundaries

Meeting the demands of daily life can be overwhelming. Developing healthy boundaries – physical and energetic – can help you reduce stress and feel more in control.

In this podcast, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) Brian D. Mahan explains why it’s hard for many people to set clear boundaries (because most of us didn’t learn how in childhood).

“We weren’t allowed to have those boundaries in our family situation and then we don’t know how to take that…. Into our social lives.”

“The more we are able to identify what our energetic boundaries are, what our values are, then the more we are able to…… sit in the strength of our own sense of what’s right and wrong,” said Mahan.

Mahan says identifying your core values is key a first step toward establishing healthy boundaries.

“It’s important to get in touch with ‘what’s important to us, what’s not important, what we like and what we dislike.”

When values are defined, he says, a person can make a decision and take action, or what he calls ‘healthy aggression.’

“we have this opinion that aggression is a bad thing, and the reason we have that is it’s usually shamed out of us as children” but, Mahan says ‘Healthy aggression is also discipline, dedication, drive, empowerment.”

In this podcast, you will also learn how Somatic Experiencing (SE) can offer relief to those suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), trauma and other disturbing life events.

Mahan was introduced to SE at the suggestion of his chiropractor. He was suffering from daily panic attacks following a major car crash. He says, after three SE sessions, his panic attacks went away.

The experience was so life-changing for him, he became an SE practitioner and now trains others in this methodology as well viagra precios.

SE, created by Dr. Peter Levine, is considered one of the world’s foremost approaches for dealing with developmental trauma, anxiety, stress and panic disorders.

Find out more about Brian D. Mahan and SEP at BrianDMahan.com

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How to Meet your Romantic Match

Lisa Amador, owner of Santa Barbara Matchmaking, is a dating coach and matchmaker. Pictured here as 'naughty Cupid,' she says her Valentine's parties usually net the most matches (Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Matchmaking).

Lisa Amador, owner of Santa Barbara Matchmaking (pictured here as ‘naughty Cupid’)says her Valentine’s parties are traditionally her most successful event of the year.(Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Matchmaking).

February is considered the ‘month of love’ for some romantics. For others, Valentine’s Day (or February) is just another reminder of being single.  But, if you would like to, chances are it’s not too late for you to find a sweetheart.

Lisa Amador, owner of Santa Barbara Matchmaking, is a matchmaker and dating coach. She offers dating and relationship coaching as well as personalized matchmaking services to clients who are looking for true love.

In our podcast conversation, Amador offers advice for navigating the world of online dating. For starters, she suggests writing a solid profile and posting flattering, non-blurry (recent) photos (which can be taken with your smartphone).

In the online profile, Amador urged Lisa.FM listeners to show off some aspects of your personality precio de viagra en farmacia. “Share what’s exciting and wonderful about you…. Tell me a story that shows who you are. Or, give something unique to allow the person to see who you are.”

Singles mingling at a Santa Barbara Matchmaking mixer (photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Matchmaking)

Singles mingling at a Santa Barbara Matchmaking mixer (photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Matchmaking)

“You should be very transparent (in your profile) and let people know what you are looking for so you don’t waste your time.”

The Santa Barbara matchmaking maven says one of the biggest challenges of her job is helping her clients to get in the proper mindset – to be ready for love to come into their lives. Confidence and feeling good about yourself and your body can translate into a better dating experience.

“You’re going to attract what you are putting out… so you want to attract the best,” said Amador.

In our podcast, Amador talks about how to choose the best online dating site for your needs.

Tinder is known for offering a platform for ‘hook ups,’ which isn’t the best option for anyone who wants true love. But, Amador doesn’t rule out any site, since you never know (where you will find Mr or Ms Right).

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Santa Barbara Matchmaking is hosting a “Meet Your Match 2016” party at Globe in Santa Barbara, February 13th from 6:30pm-9:30pm. She says this is traditionally her most successful event of the year. “People come and they’re hopeful. They’re excited there’s a chance to meet somebody.”

Amador hosts parties with icebreaker games so guests will feel more comfortable mingling (photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Matchmaking)

Amador hosts parties with icebreaker games so guests will feel more comfortable mingling (photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Matchmaking)

So, don’t be shy if you are looking for love – just go for it! And, please keep me posted on your stories and success!  

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Creating Meaningful Rituals

Ritual in clouds_800A new year seems like a logical time for making a fresh start. I thought why not do a podcast about reinforcing a new year’s resolution or goal with ritual? So, I turned to one of my favorite yoga instructors to walk you and me through this process.

I’d imagined she would suggest doing something spiritual like lighting a candle and gazing at a crystal cluster in a meditative state. Or, setting some meaningful mementos and fresh flowers in an area of your home that could serve as a small alter, reminding yourself of the person you wish to become.

But, I was wrong. She did suggest the meditation part – sitting still doing deep belly breathing for five minutes a day.

“Meditation is a wonderful ritual every morning, to set space for self respect, to set the tone of our attitude. To realize who we want to be in that day and how we want to meet others,” explained Suzanne Marlow, a Santa Barbara area marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and Insight Yoga instructor at Yoga Soup.

For those who have trouble sitting still she suggested a meditation alternative she calls Beditation, which can be done first thing in the morning.

“Five minutes before you get out of bed, put your hands on your belly. Feel the breath moving in and out. Relax into who you are, and then kind of set your mind to who you want to be.”

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She also offered some practical ideas for weaving mindful rituals into daily life, such as expressing gratitude. “Every time you walk through a door, can you slow down a bit, and just take a breath and remember how fortunate you are to be in this moment… even the moments that don’t seem so fortunate.”

Marlow calls cleaning the space inside of us mental flossing. “As we develop into healthier human beings…. we need to think more wholesomely… We need to be honest about what is going on inside (ourselves).”

For more information on Suzanne Marlow’s yoga and counseling services, including her new mindfulness group therapy program, go to Suzanne Marlow.com.

 


The New “I Do”


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Christmas is the time of year when a lot of couples tend to get engaged. A new study out of UC Santa Barbara takes a closer look at the economics of tying the knot to determine who is most likely to say ‘I Do.’

Economist & demographer Shelly Lundberg, UCSB’s Leonard Broom Professor of Demography, conducted the study based on previously published research with economist Robert Pollak of Washington University.

Read more about Shelly Lundberg’s study here


Santa Barbara Poetry Celebration

"Murder of Crows" from Flock at Lotusland, is one of the art pieces that inspired a poem (Photo Traffic411)

“Murder of Crows” from Flock at Lotusland, is one of the art pieces that inspired a poem (Photo Traffic411)

The poetry world is blooming in Santa Barbara. Local artists recently gathered to celebrate the release of Rare Feathers, Poems on Birds and Art (Gunpowder Press 2015).

The book is a collection of poems inspired by “Flock,” the large art installation (2015) at Ganna Walska Lotusland, the Montecito estate and former home of the late opera singer who indulged in her passion for exotic plants.

Artist Nancy Gifford curated Flock at Lotusland, and served as an editor on the Rare Feathers book. Nancy and her husband, Michael, hosted the party and poetry reading at their home in Montecito.

In this podcast, you’ll hear my interview with Gunpowder Press publishers Chryss Yost and David Starkey, both artists who are also emeritus Santa Barbara Poet Laureates. You’ll also be treated to some of the poems from Rare Feathers, read by the poets who wrote them.

Poets featured on this podcast include Mary Brown, Susan Chiavelli, Gabriella Klein, Perie Longo, Enid Osborn, Melinda Palacio, Christine Penko, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Emma Trelles and George Yatchisin.

Related: Homes & Art + Homes as Art, my podcast with artist Nancy Gifford

George Yatchisin reads his poem from "Rare Feathers" at the Gifford home in Montecito, CA (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer Photography)

George Yatchisin reads his poem from “Rare Feathers” at the Gifford home in Montecito, CA (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer Photography)

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Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Sojourner Kincaid Rolle (left) with Lisa Osborn (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer Photography)


Exploring “Unintended Consequences”

“Unintended Consequences” are being explored in a new show at the Santa Barbara Arts Fund Gallery.  The work of five local artists is being featured in the show, including some UCSB graduate students. And, (unintended) two of the artists are a mother and her son.

Charles Donelan, executive arts editor of the Santa Barbara Independent, is guest curator of the exhibit. He gave me a sneak-peek behind the scenes, and shares some of the many ‘unintended’ circumstances surrounding the show.

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The show opens Friday evening (10/30) with an artist reception (5-8 pm, the public is invited) and runs through December 5, 2015.

Also See: Nancy Gifford Home Tour – Homes & Art 

The Santa Barbara Arts Fund Gallery is located in the Funk Zone, at 205-C Santa Barbara Street. For more information on “Unintended Consequences” and the non-profit Santa Barbara Arts Fund, go to artsfundsb.org