Somerville Mosaic Art Exhibition through April 7th

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Somerville Mosaic Art Exhibition 2018 – I recently went to Somerville Museum to see my friend Angel’s artwork at this exhibit. There, I came upon these beautiful mosaics created by two Artists from Cape Ann – Pamela Stratton and Mary Bowles. Both had a number of pieces there. If you haven’t been to this exhibit, I highly recommend it! 

 

Visual Art and Health – Medical professionals have increasingly recognized the role that creative arts play in the healing process. Arts in medicine programs are emerging worldwide. The Mass General Hospital’s (MGH) Illuminations program is an example of this.

MGH Illuminations – Good Morning Gloucester blogger and Photographer Donna Ardizonni currently has her photography on display at MGH Boston. During the June 2018 – September 2018 MGH Illuminations Rotation, my Annisquam Delight and others photos will be on display. Years ago, I attended an Illuminations Rotating Art Exhibition Opening. A very moving experience; one of my patients was a featured artist.  Art meant so much to her and brought a great deal of peace and she was the epitome of resiliency and HOPE. 

Photo © Karen Pischke. Annisquam Delight. Gloucester MA

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Reiki Training- 1st Degree Shoden

Reiki Training- 1st Degree Shoden

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Let Your Reiki Journey Begin Here on Cape Ann – 

First Degree/Shoden (Beginning Teaching)Two Day, 15-hour training.**

When: Saturday and Sunday. August 28th and 29th.

Where: Gloucester MA.

No pre-requisite necessary. Come with an open-mind and an open-heart!

 Contact Us for Details – 978-283-4258 or Email: info@dreamtimewellness.com

Usui Reiki Ryoho – the Japanese Healing Art/Method that originated in 1922 with Founder USUI Mikao Sensei of Japan. Komyo Reiki System – Hands-on. Nothing More.” A Keep It Simple traditional system of reiki as taught by Buddhist monk INAMOTO Hyakuten Sensei, based on Japanese aesthetics – Less is More.

Learn Reiki (ray-kee) in this traditional apprentice-style training. Class is offered in a beautiful, peaceful setting on Cape Ann and includes instruction, discussion, practice, meditation, attunements (reiju,) manual, ongoing mentoring and more. Learn  the history of Reiki Ryoho, technique for self-reiki and the reiki precepts (gokai) that guide our daily practice.

‘Self-Reiki for Self-Care’ – Self-reiki offers a quick and easy way to relax, improve comfort and increase calm. Self-reiki also can help those wanting to make positive lifestyle changes and or enhance their meditation practice.

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#AmericanDiabetesAssociationAlertDay

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Today is American Diabetes Alert Day –

  • Diabetes affects about 30.3 million Americans or about 9.4 percent of the U.S. population.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 adults with diabetes, or 7.2 million Americans, are unaware that they have the disease.
  • Another 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
  • Nine out of 10 adults with prediabetes don’t know they have it.

Assess Your Risk Here

Some ways to prevent and manage pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Healthy Weight
  • Physical Activity
  • Stress Reduction

Talk to Your Doctor about prevention and treatment of diabetes.  

The third integrative nursing principle: “Nature has healing and restorative properties that contribute to health and well-being” supports the health benefits associated with the practice of Shinrin-yoku and Nature Therapy and serves as a part of the integrated healthcare model.

Contact us for information on how to reduce stress, eat healthily, manage weight, and motivation to exercise. Join in our monthly walking meditations beginning this June: Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) based on the Japanese practice of enjoying nature with all of your senses.

Email: info@dreamtimewellness.com or phone: 978-283-4258

Enjoy today in a healthy way,   ~ Karen

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Karen Pischke BSN, RN, CCRN Alumnus, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate and provide evidence-based services and self-care tools that are safe as well as effective at improving health, happiness and wellbeing. www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook

 

After the Fall: A Lesson in Mindfulness

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Happy St Patrick’s Day! Today has me reminiscing about Nor’Easter Riley- derived from ‘Reilly,’ which comes from the Old Irish name Raghailleach.

(Video by Tucker Destino)

‘Sheltering-in-Place’ Nor’Easter Riley brought hurricane-force winds, astronomical tides, record-breaking waves and flooded roads. With flying debris and falling tree limbs, I chose instead to shelter-in-place and watch the 3-day storm unfold on the news and social media. Over the 3 days I watched as people were evacuated to safety, trees fell onto homes and branches through car windshields. Never did I expect during this Nor’Easter that I would end up injured in my own home!

Accidents Often Occur in the Home Despite my efforts to stay home and safe, while home alone I ended up falling down my basement stairs. Late that night my husband was on his way home with a weekend guest. I was distracted and hurrying down the stairs in stocking feet to get my laundry, while talking on the phone with my 90-year old mother. Slipping on the wooden steps as if on ice, my feet flew up in the air. Landing hard on one step, I bounced onto the next, then slid down 2 more, then ultimately the basement floor. My phone and I flew in opposite directions.

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Community Reiki Share™ Fund Raiser for LungForce March 6th

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Join Us Tuesday, March 6th for a Community Reiki Share™ At the Manchester Community Center in Manchester-by-the-Sea. 40 Beach St. On the MBTA Boston North Station/Rockport Line. Convenient Parking. Handicapped accessible. Open to All. Contact Us to Register in Advance – info@dreamtimewellness.com

Community Reiki Share™ Fundraiser in Support of LungForce and the American Lung Association. A portion of this month’s proceeds will be donated to LungForce, a division of the American Lung Association. Members of LungForce will be there to discuss their mission and answer any questions. Enjoy a relaxing session of reiki while you are there!

You can also join in the LungForce Walk/Boston May 10 at Boston Commons and join in their mission to help cure cancer. Or you can help by donating here.

 

Looking for Integrative Therapy Practitioners (Acupuncture, Massage, Reiki, Tai Chi, Yoga,) to Join Us at the ‘DreamTeam’ Wellness Tent at the LungForce Walk Boston on Thursday, May 10 on the Commons. Contact Us for Details on how you can participate.

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What Settings Do You Prefer for Relaxation and Learning?

 

Home much does the environment affect your ability to relax and learn? 
I have offered sessions and trainings in many settings, from hospitals to horse farms. No matter where I am, I feel the work is the same. I wonder though, how much does the space make a difference to the enjoyment and learning experience of students and clients.
What is your favorite setting in which to ‘Relax and Learn?’ This poll only takes a few moments. Your feedback is much appreciated and will determine the location of future classes and sessions.

Photo © Karen Pischke. A Reiki Session is thought to Promote Relaxation and Self-Healing.

Photo © 2017. Karen Pischke. Rainbow appeared during a Reiki Training in Gloucester MA

Photo © 2017. Karen Pischke. Sedona, Arizona.

Photo © Karen Pischke 2015. Buddhist Monastery. Catskills, New York.

The Reiki (Kyogi) Principles –

Today Only …

Let Go of Anger,

Let go of Worry,

With Thankfulness,

Work Diligently (on one’s self)

Be Kind to (Self and) Others.

—From Founder of Usui Reiki Ryohō, USUI Mikao Sensei 

(B. August 15, 1865 – D. March 9, 1926; as written on his memorial stone.)

Photos here are of places where sessions, classes and retreats have been/will be offered. The first photo was taken at the North Shore Medical Center, in the hospital. No matter where I have offered reiki sessions people report “feeling relaxed.” So I wonder, how much do the aesthetics of the setting matter? What are your thoughts?

REIKI TRAINING – Dreamtime Wellness™ Reiki Trainings, 1st Degree/Shoden (Beginning Level) will resume in April.  The answers to this poll may determine ‘where.’ This beginning level of reiki practice is intended for self-care and self-healing. You will also learn to offer reiki on family, friends, and pets. Includes a manual, mentoring, and certificate of completion at the end of 50 hours of training, practical experience and self-study.

CEU’s – Offered to case managers, body workers, massage therapists nurses, and social workers  upon request.

Enjoy today in a healthy way, ~ Karen

Karen Pischke BSN, RN, CCRN Alumnus, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate and provide evidence-based services and self-care tools that are safe as well as effective at improving health, happiness and wellbeing. www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook

Practice ‘Self-Love’ This Valentine’s Day

 

 

Valentine’s Day is About LOVE. Here’s a reminder to be sure to love the most important person in your life – YOU! What is one thing you can do to shower yourself with love today? 

Studies show that self-love, self-acceptance’ and self-compassion are good for mind, body and spirit, including –

  • Improved mood
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Decreased levels of stress
  • Health-promoting behaviors
  • Greater levels of happiness
  • More frequent health-promoting behaviors.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

— Dalai Lama

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