Story Session Archives
My story doesn't begin or end with me. It began when I would listen to the tales my Grandmother would create for me about the "little people" in the forest. Every bedtime, she would conjure up the continuing epilogues and details of the toadstools, the tiny houses, the little rivers and valleys and all of the friends of the forest. My Grandfather used to memorize and speak poetry in our small town. Joining the hundreds of other storytellers, he was a part of the Cowboy Poetry Festival in Pincher Creek, Alberta. He would often practice with us willing grandkids as we waited for Sunday dinners and then again after food was put away, just one more story please Grandpa!!
The creativity and diversity of sharing stories is as old as time itself and we carry words like the clothes on our backs. I now carry on this tradition and love how it makes individuals feel differently... feel less stress ...feel at ease in a world that can be daunting and overwhelming. I've carefully curated these stories from books I've read throughout my lifetime so far and I look forward to sharing them with you. So much to dive into, so much to share.
In these times when we are asked to do-more, the human mind, body and consciousness reaches for the possibility ...the power of doing less. Relax, lay back, take a moment. ...take your time. Journey through moments of slowness, mindfulness, contemplation and evoke a sense of spaciousness and repose for our busy-bodies and minds. Notice the little things, re-discover the micro within the macro, the small within the large.
Immerse yourself the energy and healing of stories, meditation & Yoga Nidra. Bring to life our shared human experiences, our connection to our sense of being in this world – our own stories we write and rewrite each and every day.
Rejuvenate and reconnect with the sound of voice resonating with mind, body and your whole being.
What Are Brain Waves?
At the root of all our thoughts, emotions and behaviours is the communication between neurons within our brains. Brainwaves are produced by synchronized electrical pulses from masses of neurons communicating with each other. Brainwaves are detected using sensors placed on the scalp. They are divided into bandwidths to describe their functions (below), but are best thought of as a continuous spectrum of consciousness; from slow, loud and functional – to fast, subtle, and complex.
It is a handy analogy to think of brainwaves as musical notes - the low frequency waves are like a deeply penetrating drum beat, while the higher frequency brainwaves are more like a subtle high pitched flute. Like a symphony, the higher and lower frequencies link and cohere with each other through harmonics.
Our brainwaves change according to what we’re doing and feeling. When slower brainwaves are dominant we can feel tired, slow, sluggish, or dreamy. The higher frequencies are dominant when we feel wired, or hyper-alert. The descriptions that follow are only broad descriptions - in practice things are far more complex, and brainwaves reflect different aspects when they occur in different locations in the brain. Brainwave speed is measured in Hertz (cycles per second) and they are divided into bands delineating slow, moderate, and fast waves.
Delta brainwaves are slow, loud brainwaves (low frequency and deeply penetrating, like a drum beat). They are generated in deepest meditation and dreamless sleep. Delta waves suspend external awareness and are the source of empathy. Healing and regeneration are stimulated in this state, and that is why deep restorative sleep is so essential to the healing process.
Theta brainwaves occur most often in sleep but are also dominant in deep meditation. Theta is our gateway to learning, memory, and intuition. In theta, our senses are withdrawn from the external world and focused on signals originating from within. It is that twilight state which we normally only experience fleetingly as we wake or drift off to sleep. In theta we are in a dream; vivid imagery, intuition and information beyond our normal conscious awareness. It’s where we hold our ‘stuff’, our fears, troubled history, and nightmares.
Alpha brainwaves are dominant during quietly flowing thoughts, and in some meditative states. Alpha is ‘the power of now’, being here, in the present. Alpha is the resting state for the brain. Alpha waves aid overall mental coordination, calmness, alertness, mind/body integration and learning.
Beta brainwaves dominate our normal waking state of consciousness when attention is directed towards cognitive tasks and the outside world. Beta is a ‘fast’ activity, present when we are alert, attentive, engaged in problem solving, judgment, decision making, or focused mental activity.
Beta brainwaves are further divided into three bands; Lo-Beta (Beta1, 12-15Hz) can be thought of as a 'fast idle', or musing. Beta (Beta2, 15-22Hz) is high engagement or actively figuring something out. Hi-Beta (Beta3, 22-38Hz) is highly complex thought, integrating new experiences, high anxiety, or excitement. Continual high frequency processing is not a very efficient way to run the brain, as it takes a tremendous amount of energy.
Gamma brainwaves are the fastest of brain waves (high frequency, like a flute), and relate to simultaneous processing of information from different brain areas. Gamma brainwaves pass information rapidly and quietly. The most subtle of the brainwave frequencies, the mind has to be quiet to access gamma.
Gamma was dismissed as 'spare brain noise' until researchers discovered it was highly active when in states of universal love, altruism, and the ‘higher virtues’. Gamma is also above the frequency of neuronal firing, so how it is generated remains a mystery. It is speculated that gamma rhythms modulate perception and consciousness, and that a greater presence of gamma relates to expanded consciousness and spiritual emergence.