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Episode 10: Brain-Mind – Healing Mindfulness

Episode 10: Brain-Mind – Healing Mindfulness 2535 1925 Nicole

https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-10-Brain_Mind.m4a   You might think that a podcast about mindfulness might begin with the mind. But I have found that the difficulty with being mindful is that I am so easily mindless throughout my day. Which is why the first episodes focused on noticing, attending our senses so that when automatic routines are paused for…

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Episode 9: Meditation in Traffic

Episode 9: Meditation in Traffic 2560 2048 Nicole

https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-9-Traffic.m4a Traffic We live in the Chicago area. Driving is not the first thing that comes to mind when I think of meditation. It would be a very long list before driving in Chicago might make it in relationship to meditation. Yet it is precisely in moments like driving in Chicago that mindfulness practice is…

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Episode 8: Holistic Body Scan and Image

Episode 8: Holistic Body Scan and Image 1528 2253 Nicole

https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-8-Body-Scan.m4a   Our bodies are complicated terrain. Most of us have a love-hate relationship with it, likely heavy on the hate end of the scale. There are more factors than any medical, psychological, sociological, anthropological, theological field can name for my occasional disdain for my body, but none are satisfying and none can really explain…

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Episode 7: Taste

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-7-Taste.m4a Since taste is highly dependent on a sense of smell, some of the experiences of smell are also associated with taste. I am allergic to dairy, but before I knew dairy was a major cause for my chronic bronchitis and pleurisy, ice cream was my go-to treat. So when a soy-based frozen dessert company…

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Episode 6: Smell and Memory

Episode 6: Smell and Memory 2560 2095 Nicole

https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-6-Smell.m4a Smell is a powerful sense. In fact, psychologists and neuroscientists believe it is the most powerful of all the senses to evoke emotion and memory. This is because the olfactory bulb, which starts inside the nose and continues along the lower part of the brain, touches two areas important for processing emotion and memory:…

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Episode 5: Touch

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-5-Touch.m4a As Flesh and Blood beings, we feel through a variety of modes. I can touch something with my fingers and detect its texture, walk outside in the middle of Oklahoma’s August and feel the heat and moisture; someone tells me that my painting is profound and I feel a sense of accomplishment, or dismisses…

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Episode 4: Look

Episode 4: Look 2560 2047 Nicole

https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-4-Look.m4a #seeandbeknown I have found that every time I have moved, I become more ill than usual. I learned quickly that each new place harbored new bugs, and the first year is one of accepting new illnesses while my body’s immune system learns how to fight them. When I finally discovered some of my physical…

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Episode 3 Hear

Episode 3 Hear 2252 1802 Nicole

https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-3-Hear.m4a It is certainly true that in order to center our hearts and minds, quiet is extraordinarily important. But sometimes you can fight fire with fire, and with a cacophony of sound a single tone, a chime or gong can serve to draw the mind away from the chaotic noise – toward a center, and…

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Episode 2 Breathe Again

Episode 2 Breathe Again 2560 1920 Nicole

https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-2-Breathe-Again.m4a Breathe again. When I am rushing around trying to get all the things done that seem so urgent, or twirling around in my mind the circumstances in which I find myself that feels overwhelming or impossible to endure, I find that I am nearly holding my breath, my breathing is so shallow. Because I…

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Episode 1 Breathe

Episode 1 Breathe 2533 1905 Nicole

https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/Episode-1-Breathe.m4a Breathing is as natural as, well, breathing. Unless, of course, you have a cold or some variation on asthma, or sticking your head out the window of a fast-moving vehicle . . . . If I am breathing it means I am alive. With each inhalation oxygen fills my lungs to maintain my body’s…

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