At 76, community Arts Leader Nina Freedlander Gibans releases new book of poetry In the Garden of Old Age.

In The Garden of Old Age

Nina's New Book Combines Story, Poetry, and Imagery about memory and old age.

This will be ongoing…”

— Nina Freedlander Gibans

CLEVELAND, OHIO, USA, December 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — At 76, community Arts Leader, and Cleveland Arts Prize winner, Nina Freedlander Gibans isn't slowing down and has just released her new book of poetry In the Garden of Old Age. 

In the Garden of Old Age is a series of poems about memory – collected ideas from a rich life with continuous interactions — ideas and people, spaces and inner thoughts colliding daily in these summary years which pile up and tumble to the pages like leaves in fall. The poems are accompanied by the photographs of Abby Star. 

To celebrate this new book, an exhibition of the poems and photography will be held at the George Streeter Gallery of Judson Park, 2181 Ambleside Drive with the opening reception on Friday January 17, 4:30pm. Nina will also be having a book signing at the exhibition opening.

To quote Nina "This will be ongoing…"

Nina is currently working on several new projects including another volume of poetry and images.

"It has been exciting to work with Nina these past few years." says her publisher and frequent editor Jared Bendis. "After her husband Jim passed in 2018, Nina showed me a box of letters he wrote to her when they were dating and he was off in Europe on a Fulbright and then after they married when he was in basic training in the Army.  While Nina is creating new volumes of poetry we are also going through and assembling these letters into a new book which will come out next year."

ATBOSH Media Ltd. in Cleveland, Ohio is more than just Nina's publisher. As an Agency Press they also serve as her literary agent for both this book and its derivative works – including the television and film rights.

Larger publishing houses interested in publishing or distributing the work or production companies interested in optioning the work for other medium should contact Jared Bendis directly at jared@atbosh.com or call 216-288-6349.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nina Freedlander Gibans was born July 30, 1932, in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Wellesley College, 1950-52, and earned a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1954. Her M.A. was earned from Western Reserve University in 1966. Nina Freedlander Gibans’ life has been spent as an arts advocate, administrator, author and teacher as well as a community volunteer. Professional and volunteer life become integrated as these activities have focused on the Poet’s and Writer’s League of Greater Cleveland, Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Artists Foundation the Ohio Citizens for the Arts, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, Shaker Heights Public Library and as staff at the Cleveland Area Arts Council, Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Children’s Museum. Nationally, she has served on the predecessor board of the Americans for the Arts.

Poetry has been her art form since childhood.

Nina is available for speaking engagements & book signings.

In The Garden of Old Age by Nina Freedlander Gibans
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Leonard Ross' debut The Present Past combines history, fact, fiction, and adventure in new novel.

Present Past Cover

Deeply influenced by his experience in the military and secrets surrounding his Grandfather’s involvement in the Russian army, Ross drew inspiration from life.

This adventure is more a fanciful story related by a mischievous uncle than an airport thriller—and all the more entertaining for it.”

— Kirkus Reviews

CLEVELAND, OHIO, USA, December 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — ATBOSH Media Ltd. an Agency press in Cleveland, Ohio is pleased to announce the release of Leonard Ross' debut novel The Present Past.

Deeply influenced by his experience in the military and secrets surrounding his Grandfather’s involvement in the Russian army, Leonard Ross drew inspiration from life’s adventures.

At 18 he joined the Armed Forces serving in Japan, and later in Turkey as a top secret courier for the United States. From the Navy and Air Force to building his own sailboat and living aboard it in Key West, Leonard was a dreamer who remarkably brought his visions to life. This novel, though fiction, is an elaboration from his life history and the creative imagination of one spirited man.

“This adventure is more a fanciful story related by a mischievous uncle than an airport thriller—and all the more entertaining for it.”
Kirkus Reviews

It’s 1965 and US State Department Officer Josh Ross has been sent to Turkey to settle a dispute between Turkey and Greece. While there his old friend Gabe Smith hands him a letter sent from Russia that starts him on an adventure that takes him around the world. While being pursued by both the Russians and Bulgarians (and helped by Israel’s Mossad) can Josh uncover a family secret that goes all the way back to Czar Peter the Great?

The Present Past was Leonard's first and only novel, he passed away in 2009.

"Publishing this book was purely accidental." says publisher Jared Bendis. "Leonard was my favorite uncle, and after his passing my Aunt Louise mentioned that he had woven together our family history, his adventures in the military, and his love for James Bond into a novel that he didn't show anyone. After reading it, I insisted on publishing it."

ATBOSH Media Ltd. in Cleveland, Ohio is more than just Ross' publisher. As an Agency Press they also serve as the literary agent for both the book and its derivative works including the television and film rights.

"We are a different type of publishing house," says Jared. "Instead of shopping around this book to larger publishing houses, we published the book and will now be shopping it around to larger houses for them to take it to the next level."

Larger publishing houses interested in publishing or distributing the work or production companies interested in optioning the work for other medium should contact Jared Bendis directly at jared@atbosh.com or call 216-288-6349.

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RJ Benson releases debut urban fantasy, supernatural, romance novel Fallen Virtue.

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Fallen Virtue is book one of her Of Beasts and Buzzards series.

Benson’s steamy debut paranormal thriller offers a unique interpretation of angelic lore.”

— Publishers Weekly

CLEVELAND, OHIO, USA, December 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — ATBOSH Media Ltd. an Agency press in Cleveland, Ohio is pleased to announce the upcoming release of RJ Benson's debut novel Fall Virtue – Book One of the Beasts and Buzzards series.

"Benson’s steamy debut paranormal thriller offers a unique interpretation of angelic lore."
Publishers Weekly

Zane Verloren is a highly skilled musician, the front man for a house band in the city of Cincinnati. Damaceous is an angel, an investigator from the Powers Dominion, sent to earth to discover the truth behind the rise in local demonic activity. Little does Zane know, a fateful encounter between them would turn his world on its head, opening new realms filled with dreams and nightmares, love and ruin. Together, the two race to discover the evil behind a web of betrayal and deception, facing off against beings with incredible power. Will Zane learn the truth of his nature? Or will Damaceous only bring him misery?

The book is scheduled for release January 15, 2020.

“Benson’s well-crafted story and dynamic relationships make for a promising series opener.”
Publishers Weekly

ATBOSH Media Ltd. in Cleveland, Ohio is more than just Benson’s publisher. As an Agency Press they also serve as her literary agent for both the book and its derivative works including the television and film rights.

"We are a different type of publishing house," says publisher Jared Bendis. "Instead of shopping around Benson’s amazing book to larger publishing houses, we published the book and will now be shopping it around to larger houses for them to take it to the next level."

Larger publishing houses interested in publishing or distributing the work or production companies interested in optioning the work for other medium should contact Jared Bendis directly at jared@atbosh.com or call 216-288-6349.

Benson is available for interviews and book signings.

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UAE Schools are experiencing The year of Tolerance through Virtual Reality

Learning Tolerance in Virtual Reality

Learning Tolerance in Virtual Reality

Learning Tolerance with teacher

Learning Tolerance with teacher

Students Faith Diversity Tolerance

Students Faith Diversity Tolerance

Teachers are playing a vital role in this experience. Through VRXOne's ongoing 'Tolerance Program' the students are embarking on the discovery of enticing cultural experiences. ”

— Immersive Learning Expert

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, December 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Establishing themselves as a vibrant, progressive society, the Middle East has laid special emphasis on equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities. The leaders here understand that citizen participation and accountability in futuristic progress can be enhanced through a qualitative improvement in the education system. Consequently, the Middle East has become a flagbearer of innovation in education. Virtual Reality remains at the helm of these progressions, and it is being exhaustively deployed in schools.

Virtual Reality is also an active accomplice to spreading the UAE's message for tolerance, peaceful coexistence, and cultural awareness. The country is celebrating 2019 as the 'Year of Tolerance'. The Emiratis are showing the world how a progressive society like theirs, furthers a modern collaborative approach while staying in touch with its ethnicity.

In the last couple of years, many schools introduced VR to create a new learning environment alongside creating a culture of innovation and inquisitiveness. Educators switched to VR since it is an accessible way of involving the students in lessons while giving them access to the practical implementation of their learning. It has already been established that practical learning is the most effective method for student engagement. But the constraints of physical boundaries, investment, and resources limit its mainstreaming. This is where immersive learning techniques like Virtual Reality step up.

VR JOURNEY TO EXPLORE THE CULTURES OF THE WORLD

Interestingly, students and teachers are playing a vital role in this experience. Through VRXOne's ongoing 'Tolerance Program' the students are embarking on the discovery of enticing cultural experiences.

With expeditions to monuments that are a thousand years old like the Egyptian Pyramids, or to exploratory sites and museums at distant places, the students enrich themselves with inter-cultural wisdom. The virtual reality expeditions also allow students to empathize and experience how the kids in third world countries like Africa go to school and study. To establish friendlier relations within communities and strengthen the values of harmony, there are field trips through which students enjoy festivals of the world. It is such journeys that make us believe that the world is one big family. Through these expeditions, students realize the importance of acting collectively and individually, with complete transparency, consistency and fairness.

LEARN BASICS ABOUT RELIGIONS AND BELIEFS IN VR

Festivities and celebrations bring individuals closer. It is a pure delight to be a part of unique ceremonies; streets and towns adorned with flags, pictures, banners, and decorations. The world today is moving towards establishing a tolerant, co-existing society and the Pope's recent visit to the UAE is the one historic moment that has us propelled in the right direction. UAE is, indeed, an epitome of harmonious living where communities share their joys.

Thanks to Virtual Reality, children of the Middle East are now also well-acquainted with unique rituals of the world and learn to respect their differences gracefully. From visualizing the fun and frolic of Diwali to being a part of the Halloween amusements, everything is near to reality. For the non-muslim users of Virtual Reality, it is now more accessible than ever to understand the Islamic faith and experience the festivals like Eid through immersive visuals.

WHY STUDENTS LOVE VR – IT IS FUN & MAKES THEM CONFIDENT

For students, the VR class is a delightful time when they’re en route to their favorite voyage. When asked, a student from…. school explains his experience of using Virtual Reality.
“Virtual Reality makes me feel involved in the environment like I am a part of it. It’s like being featured in a game. I was struggling with concepts like the anatomy of the nervous system and muscular system. With Virtual Reality, it became easy to view these lessons.”, says a student of GEMS Education, Dubai.
As becomes conclusive, many students view VR as a game. And it is rightly so!
Virtual Reality is an improvised version of practical learning. Additionally, the fact that it is interactive and fun makes it all the more attractive to students. It is also much more accessible, scalable, immersive and affordable with a one-time investment.

Introducing Virtual Reality in regional schools has been a commendable transformation. But there are some places where VR lessons are even more meaningful. These are the regions where people cannot afford quality education. For many of these students, visiting places like Wonders of the World is a far-fetched dream.
The good news is that many of these students have realized this dream through Virtual Reality. While students of the region experienced VR Expeditions with the leading immersive learning program – VRXOne, many of the underprivileged students also tried their hands on the technology. Amongst these were some students who overcame the shackles of physical and mental disabilities to experience distraction-free learning.

While 2018 was an important period for maturation and mainstreaming of Virtual Reality in the classroom, 2019 is the year for greater strides.

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Munfarid’s VRXOne Program Sets Sail for New Destinations

Virtual Reality Education in Classroom

Virtual Reality Education in Classroom

Virtual Reality Education in Classroom Nigeria

Virtual Reality Education in Classroom Nigeria

Virtual Reality Education

Virtual Reality Education

Oman Egypt Pakistan and India as new regions for VRXOne

Oman Egypt Pakistan and India as new regions for VRXOne

Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Education in Classroom by VRXOne

Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Education in Classroom by VRXOne

VRXOne experiencing network growth for Virtual Reality Education in Classroom Program.

Immersive education counters the systematic barriers that impede the application of effective education strategy in Nigeria and opens up new horizons for enabling sustained access to quality education”

— Dr. Sana Farid ( CEO & Co-Founder ) Munfarid – Mulhimat – VRXOne

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, December 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — VRXONE: INTRODUCTION TO THE HOTTEST IMMERSIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

VRXOne is a state-of-the-art Immersive Education Program created by Munfarid, an innovation firm specializing in Artificial Intelligence (Ai), Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR). This program targets K-12, higher education, non-formal education, and even special education requirements.
The primary objective is to facilitate training, learning, and skill development across various industries. Immersive education includes the incorporation of immersive and creative technologies to impart high-quality education – that adds real value in terms of increased engagement, enhanced knowledge retention, and eventually better results.
The prospect of cutting-edge, customizable solutions tailored for specific training environments is exceptionally efficient and effective. The onset of technology has its pros and cons. While access to specialized information has increased, distractions are on the rise too. VRXOne’s Immersive Education Program helps raise the bar on classroom learning and consequently brings back lost attention to classrooms.
The bottom line is that Immersive learning presents a medium that makes learning an enjoyable process, rather than a cumbersome one. The ingenious experiences help students understand intricate concepts easily and also promote the practical industry-level applications of theoretical knowledge.

SPECIFIC INSTANCES OF THE USEFULNESS OF IMMERSIVE LEARNING

1. BRINGING LESSONS TO LIFE WITH GOOGLE EXPEDITIONS

Google set out to make the impossible possible: Assimilate all the world's information and present it on a single platform. Google Expeditions is the result. This project successfully impacted the lives of over 8 million students.

Expeditions aid teachers teach better by spiking curiosity in students about lessons that are otherwise perceived as boring.

The ambition is to leverage this groundwork that Google has laid for the future of education. The aim is to make Google Expedition accessible to millions of students by providing a comprehensive program in classrooms. And has successfully reached the dream figure of 1,000,000 VR expeditions for students in the Middle East.

“VRXOne equips learning with the scorching power of VRAR and rich in value content curated by the leading scholars.”

As VRXOne is the official Google Expeditions partner (in the regions of the Middle East, Africa, and the Sub Continent), this premium and copyrighted content that Google offers is now provided as a first-hand experience to a myriad of schools. Another fascinating feature is the ability to create virtual field trips wherein students can get transported to all kinds of new locations for learning and exploration – be it the Himalayas or the coronary artery of the human heart.

2. TARGETING SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS: EVERYBODY DESERVES PREMIUM EDUCATION

Students with intellectual or cognitive disabilities often struggle with communication, focus, and concentration. Fortunately, Immersive Learning is here to turn the tables around.
VR helps create safe environments for students with special needs to improve instrumental motor and intellectual skills. This is the most noteworthy capability of Immersive Learning: Make education accessible to everybody willing to learn.

“The onset of Virtual Reality (VR) means that high-quality education is no longer a luxury that students with special needs can only crave after.”

All in all, VR helps special students to focus on individual abilities, strengths, and learning preferences that would be otherwise be hindered in the case of conventional educational systems. The result is a surge in self-confidence and self-esteem – both of which tend to take a hit when students feel bogged down by their disabilities.
Moreover, the happiness that these students feel thanks to the intervention of VR is just indescribable. What once seemed impossible is now very much possible through 4IR technology like Extended Reality.

3. SPACE VIRTUAL TRAVEL TO MARS ISN’T A DREAM ANYMORE

Well, Immersive Learning helps conduct VR Field Trips to Mars: Something that still seems surreal but is possible. This makes the study of space and astrophysics so much more exciting and engaging. VRXOne joined hands UAE schools to host virtual reality trips to Space, including the Red Planet.

“The giant red planet of Mars is suddenly within grasp, thanks to the virtual reality stardom”

Additionally, VRXOne is also prepping up the young minds of UAE to get up to speed with the covetous Mars Mission featuring the Hope Probe set to reach orbit in 2021.

4. FOSTERING STUDENTS FOR THE BUZZING EXPO 2020

The Expo 2020 is the grand stage for all different kinds of scintillating technology, and VRXOne aims to increase the exposure of Dubai students to connect better with millions of students worldwide.
Consequently, students will plan VR based journeys to better appreciate the essence of the massive technology extravaganza that Expo 2020 is all about.

IT’S TIME TO REACH OUT TO THE WORLD

VRXOne is aggressively expanding worldwide to help students and teachers harness the ground-breaking innovation of Immersive Learning.
The new target regions are interesting choices for a variety of reasons:

– India is home to the world’s third-largest education system and is a perfect platform to pitch the revolutionizing technology of Immersive Learning and popularize it.
– Egypt welcomes technological advancements into their schooling system. Interestingly, the demand for education is impressive due to the steady population growth. This country has regularly acknowledged education as the sole means of economic and social mobility. Additionally, the culture of embracing change and wanting to evolve will undoubtedly foster the sophisticated onset of Immersive Learning.
– Oman places high emphasis on accessibility to education as all three levels of school are free of charge. This realization of the essence of education will definitely welcome Immersive Learning to improve the teaching and learning efficiencies of schools.
– Pakistan’s constitution has a unique law that provides free and compulsory education to all children between the ages of 5-16 years. This nation is consistently endeavoring to achieve greater success in the education frontier. Spreading awareness about the potential of Immersive Learning could define a whole new perspective to education.

The underlying objective behind this expansion is subtle and crisp: Educate educators to improve the learning experience using immersive learning.

“The geographical expansion to other countries of the Middle East and prominent countries of Asia is bound to exponentially increase the popularity of XR in the field of education.”

This isn’t the first expansion opportunity that VRXOne has had.

Here’s Dr. Sana Farid on the expansion to Nigeria earlier this year: “Immersive education counters the systematic barriers that impede the application of effective education strategy in Nigeria and opens up new horizons for enabling sustained access to quality education."

Nigeria faces an acute shortage of teaching workforce, and VRXOne looks to expand training and empowerment opportunities for the teachers in Nigeria.

IMMERSIVE LEARNING: A DISRUPTIVE EQUALIZER FOR EDUCATION

The benefits of Immersive Learning are immense, and the consequent impact on the education system is magnificent, not to mention making education accessible to slum schools and refugee schools.

Students are learning and assimilating complex concepts with ease. Moreover, when students combine their learning potential by connecting with other participants of Immersive Learning platforms, great value is added to everybody.

The future is here in the form of Immersive Education, and this is certainly a giant stride towards ensuring Education Equality.

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Dr. Srini Pillay, Best-Selling Author, Examines Healing Your Body With Your Mind for the New Year in "Psychology Today"

Srini Pillay, Best-Selling Author and Neuroscientist

By Dr. Srini Pillay.

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, December 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — New Year's resolution: Stop ignoring how your mind and body are connected. "Psychological problems" are generally managed by experts of the mind, brain, and behavior (e.g. psychiatrists). Other medical problems are managed by experts of the body in general (e.g. primary care physicians) or people with specific expertise in one particular organ (e.g. cardiologists when there is a heart problem).

On the surface, this may make sense. Yet, historical and emerging research indicates that this makes no sense at all. More and more, we are seeing that your body's wellbeing is inextricably linked with your psychological wellbeing. And by addressing your psychological wellbeing, you can change your body too.

Psychosomatic problems: asthma, gastrointestinal upset, cancer, and other conditions: Prior to the dominance of "evidence-based" approaches to medicine, Sigmund Freud noted four situations in which the psyche and the body appear to be connected: conversion syndromes, in which people may, for example, develop fake paralyses that they are unaware of; neuroses like panic attacks, where patients may develop dizziness or palpitations; hypochondriasis, where patients are almost paranoid that they have physical symptoms; and actual organic illnesses like cancer, where the psyche plays a role (e.g., via health-relevant behaviors that increase risk). In all of these conditions, deep psychological factors likely play a significant role. For example, at "The Paris Psychosomatic School," preliminary studies have indicated that there is a correlation between basic personality structure and the risk of developing cancer.

Action to take: If you have a physical illness, see a therapist to explore whether it may be helpful to investigate the psychological underpinnings of your physical condition. Don't delay psychological examinations. They are not necessarily as disconnected as they may seem.

Depression and your heart: People who have suffered from a cardiac event are more likely to develop depression. While lifetime prevalence rates of major depression are in the order of 17 percent, in those who have suffered a major cardiac event, up to 40 percent of patients meet the criteria for major depressive disorder (MDD). Also, MDD itself places you at a greater risk of heart disease. In fact, the more severe your depression, the greater the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD).

Action to take: Do not assume your depression is "all mental" or that your heart disease is "all physical." Ask your primary care physician (PCP) to check your baseline heart function, and then follow-up as regularly as you both see fit.

If you have heart disease, explore whether you have depression and whether it should be treated. Also, explore the factors common to both. This may help your depression and your heart too.

Anxiety and your heart: It is well-known that symptoms such as palpitations may arise from heart conditions such as arrhythmias, or psychological conditions like panic disorder (PD). However, people often act less on the data that demonstrates that 32 percent of patients with heart failure experience elevated levels of anxiety, or that in a study of nearly 80,000 individuals without pre-established CAD (and half with PD), PD was associated with a nearly two-fold increased risk of incident CAD.

Action to take: If you have heart disease, you must decrease your anxiety. The idea is not to panic even more about this association but to be proactive about protecting your heart. Do regular checks with your PCP, and do not ignore cardiac symptoms by assuming they are always due to panic disorder. Also, ask your mental health provider to connect you with a PCP so that they can help you to discern when to be concerned about your heart. Worsening symptoms or new additional symptoms may, for example, help you decide when to go to an emergency room.

If you have heart disease, explore whether you have conscious or unconscious anxiety and whether this should be treated. This may help your anxiety and heart too.

The gut-brain connection: While the precise bacteria implicated in depression are not certain, there is increasing evidence that abnormal gut bacteria are linked to depression. Bacterial composition may also affect how your body manages stress, and abnormal gut bacteria are associated with greater anxiety.

Action to take: Certain probiotics may reduce anxiety or depression. While conclusive studies are lacking, work with your PCP to see how dietary changes may help your anxiety and depression. A higher quality diet is associated with a lower risk for the onset of depressive symptoms and eating too many refined foods puts you at risk for depression and anxiety too.

If you have an upset GI system, address your diet, anxiety, and mood. They are all connected.

Your immune system and depression: There are many studies that connect poor immunity with depression. Some studies indicate that depression itself may be the result of dysfunction of the immune system. And many studies show that the immune system is impacted in anxiety disorders as well.

Action to take: Discuss the connection between anxiety and immunity with your PCP. Ask, "could my autoimmune disease be linked to anxiety?" or "Should I also be treated for anxiety?" Also, simply getting a better night's sleep can improve your immunity and anxiety as well.

If you have an autoimmune disorder, address your sleep and mood too. This could not only help your mood but also your immune system.

Summary: The argument about whether your mind and body are connected is mostly unnecessary. They are most certainly connected. As to what causes what, the jury is out. Still, from the above associations, we know that your brain, heart, gut and immune system are all implicated in depression and anxiety. You can't ignore your body while attending to your mind, or vice versa.

The functional medicine model of care is based on reversing illness, promoting health, and optimizing function by addressing the nuances in functional imbalances in interconnected biological networks. This model of care that integrates nutritional and lifestyle recommendations also takes into account the fact that your entire body is connected. Recent research suggests that this approach to health is superior.

Mental health probably influences your physical health and vice versa. In the new year, strive to integrate the two. Remember, just because your illness is physical does not mean that a mental or lifestyle intervention is irrelevant. A happy body relies on having a mind that is settled, kind, and compassionate to yourself.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/debunking-myths-the-mind/201912/how-heal-your-body-your-mind-in-the-new-year

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Pillay is the founder and CEO of NeuroBusiness Group, voted one of the Top 20 movers and shakers in leadership development in the world by Training Industry. He has worked with leaders internationally in many Fortune 500 companies, and is currently an invited member of The Consortium for Advanced Adult Learning and Development (CAALD) at McKinsey &Co. and The Transformational Leadership Council (TLC). Recently, Pillay created a series of videos on “Managing Depression in the Workplace” for LinkedIn Learning.

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Organizational Psychologist and Master of Resilience Dr. Madelyn Blair to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

JEFFERSON, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES, December 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Madelyn Blair is a woman with a PhD and long history of accomplishments including a consulting business offering advisory services to help businesses/their leaders perform at their best. She is also known for her abilities as a storyteller, infusing valuable lessons with humor and personal experience. This makes Dr. Blair very relatable–as a speaker, workshop facilitator and author too. Her writings have included several books –the latest Unlocked came out in October—and she is a regularly-featured blogger for Psychology Today online.

Perhaps more than anything else, Dr. Blair is recognized for her focus on resilience. Just what is resilience? It’s the ability to react gracefully and decisively to a situation that is unexpected, deeply complex or brings uncertainty. Dr. Blair readily shares advice and tools with top businesses to help them become more resilient as an organization, as well as develop resilience in employees at every level. She also often speaks on the topics of authenticity and information overload, and the way these can either foster or limit success.

In her latest book, Unlocked: Discover How to Embrace the Unexpected, Dr. Blair discusses what it feels like to deal with ambiguity and uncomfortable situations. She offers tips on how to have more confidence in tough circumstances and be more innovative. She colorfully relates the real-life stories of people who found power in resilience, overcame challenges, reinvented their lives and discovered their greatest success.

Dr. Blair began her education in Mathematics and has held many top-level positions in organizations such as the World Bank, and she did so at a time when women lacked positions at the top, and many didn’t have a career at all. She is a naturally curious person and kept on expanding her mind and education. She got her MBA and now has a PhD in Sociology, with a concentration in Organizational Psychology–a discipline that applies psychological theory and principles to workplaces, business decisions and the well-being of employees. Dr. Blair uses her experience, full complement of skills and resilience training to help organizations and their leaders deal with disruptive events and market/career transitions, and to achieve greater productivity, profitability and success.
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In this part of her Women Making a Difference in America series Dr. Blair is going to examine life instances when resilience is demanded most—such as when dealing with new technological frontiers. No-one, she says, could have predicted the impact the iPhone would have on our work and daily lives, or that Artificial Intelligence might soon make one’s career obsolete. As she shares her knowledge, techniques, and stories, we will all make a connection, and find a reason to be inspired.

CUTV News Will feature Madelyn Blair PhD in interviews every Monday at noon—with Jim Masters on December 30th and January 13th, and with Doug Llewelyn on January 6th and 20th

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Dr. Srini Pillay, Best-Selling Author, Examines How You Can Find Peace of Mind in the New Year for "Psychology Today"

Srini Pillay, M.D

New research points to the "Easy Button" in your brain.

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, December 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — In 2005, Staples introduced the "Easy Button" as part of a marketing campaign to promote the idea that shopping at the store was easy. This button symbolized the fantasy that life could be easy in certain contexts. Metaphorically, wouldn't it be fantastic if there was an "easy button" in the brain? And imagine if this could be your state of mind as you entered 2020. Although there is no literal "easy button" in your brain, recent research suggests that there are ways to make experiencing the world much easier.

The big picture—recognizing the easy button: One of the ways to access this "easy button" is to switch out of your brain's default state. On a day-to-day basis, you experience the world through your five senses. This becomes your reality and you experience pleasure or pain as a result of this.

However, this sensory state confines you to a reality that is always a tug of war. It is heavily dependent on what life offers you. If you have an interesting conversation or enjoy a good laugh with friends, you'll have a good day. And if you are bored, or if you experience a loss, you'll have a bad day. But what if pleasure and pain were not your masters? What if there was something more appealing than pleasure itself?

Clues to this alternate state of mind are described in the Buddhist traditions as "tranquility" and "wisdom." You needn't be Buddhist to reflect on these principles as their implications are quite universal. Contemplating the correlates of this state of mind will help you reach it. You have to turn your eye inward for self-examination.

The fog that obstructs the path to the easy button: To start, there are five mental hindrances that disrupt your peace of mind. Each is a challenge on its own because your brain is wired to default to these states. However, paying attention to each attribute could help you reset your mind to the "easy button" mode.

The five hindrances to identify and contemplate: sense-desire; ill will; sloth and torpor; restlessness and worry; and doubt. They are challenges to all of us. Yet, if we instituted controls over each of these dimensions, it would help us to stabilize our minds to feel calmer and wiser.

Sense-desire: On the surface, it seems like too big of a challenge to eliminate sense desires. A delicious meal, relaxing massage or satisfying sexual encounter could brighten up anyone's day. Yet, the absence of these elements, as well as the resultant craving that arises, can also be a form of bondage and torture. That's why you don't want to be beholden to sense-desires for your happiness.

To start your journey toward a peace of mind that is better than sense-desire, you have to first accept that such a state of mind is possible. Then, you have to be willing to withdraw your senses from the world from time to time to experience your consciousness before it becomes intentional.

Many traditions prescribe focusing on the breath, as the practice of mindful breathing connects you with what is outside of you. In that sense, you cannot desire anything because you are not separate from anything outside of you. There's nothing "else" to desire when you are in a state of oneness with the universe. We know from research on LSD that your brain is, in fact, capable of experiencing this state.

Exercise: To begin this journey of oneness to dissolve desire, notice how your breathing in and out connects you with the world. In a quite literal way, you are in a constant exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide with the world. Simply spend five minutes a day paying attention to your breath while contemplating this truth.

Ill will: Ill will is often provoked by mental states such as fear and fatigue. Anything that makes it more difficult to control your emotions will leave you susceptible to this negative feeling state. Often, ill will is experienced when your brain automatically reflects the ill will of another. And sometimes we feel like we have to defend ourselves out of pure self-interest. However, recent research indicates that self-interest may not be entirely in the interest of the self. When you feel ill will, you are also hurting yourself.

Exercise: Identify one situation in life where you are feeling some ill will. Perhaps you are getting less than you want from a relationship, or somebody is overtly depriving you of something you deserve.

Now, think of one selfless thing to do and do it. When you do this, simply do this as an act. Avoid thinking of it as a virtue. This act is not about moral superiority. It is simply about restoring a balance of feeling good to your brain. Feeling authentically generous will change your brain to make you feel happier.

Sloth or torpor: Sloth refers to laziness or the reluctance to make an effort. Topor refers to lethargy. When you are exhausted, both of these states will seem like a natural default. And mental fatigue will make it very difficult to control your mood, thereby making your mind wander aimlessly, and increasing your distress.

When you are feeling lazy, examine what might be demotivating you. Is your physical fitness optimal? Does life feel too risky? Are you being avoidant? Or are you simply delaying gratification?

Exercise: Add regular exercise to your weekly schedule. Start monitoring the number of steps in your day so that you aim for more than 10,000 steps a day. Adding a physical component to this approach will help you feel a greater sense of vitality.

Restlessness and worry: For many of us, it's "natural" to worry, but we only think this because worry is a default state in which our attention is automatically directed to threats. This could be protective and helpful, but when overdone, all we see are threats and the world becomes a frightening place. Rather than "oneness", everything appears to be separate. Making a proactive decision to decrease worry can give you much peace of mind.

If you need money to pay your bills, have an illness, or feel like you will never meet the right "someone", it may make sense to worry. Yet, in many instances, worry, rather than leading you to possible solutions, will keep you stuck in an endless loop of mental torture.

To worry less, it helps to practice some of the principles of acceptance commitment therapy. This is a therapy in which people learn to be more willing to experience uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and sensations rather than trying to control, eliminate or avoid them (Acceptance); and they feel better when they engage in meaningful activities that are consistent with longer-term goals and values (Commitment).

Exercise: Spend five minutes a day observing your thoughts rather than controlling or judging them. Then, make a decision to engage in some activity that strongly represents your values. For instance, if you value music but have to spend time developing your startup, set aside time to listen to music you love.

Doubt: When doubt helps you to make decisions it can be helpful. However, when it is excessive, it can erode your peace of mind. Like worry, it makes people more paranoid, and they become less inclined to see the world as one. This contrasts with how one might see the world on LSD or during meditation.

Doubt is a form of self-consciousness that can become excessive. Paradoxically, it often represents a disconnection from yourself and the world. The world is in fact uncertain. Our lives are uncertain. The future is uncertain. Doubt assumes that all of these things are certain when they are not. It is a supreme form of ego-ism in which we mourn the loss of control where there is truly none.

One way to address self-doubt, as philosopher and psychologist William James suggested in 1890, is to switch from seeing yourself as "me" to seeing yourself as "I." Rather than seeing your "self" as an "object", you experience yourself as the "subject." Drug-induced ego dissolution, focused attention, loving-kindness meditation, mantra-recitation, meta-awareness, mindfulness meditation, non-dual awareness, and certain religious practices with religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism all offer an opportunity to experience yourself as part of the world.

Exercise: When you observe yourself, ask yourself, "Who is the observer?" Also ask: "If the observer were observed, what would I know about the observer?" "Can the observer be objective if the observer is part of the observed?" "If the observer cannot observe himself or herself, then is it possible that the observer cannot see that he/she/it is part of a greater whole that extends beyond our bodies?" "When we see ourselves as separate from others, is it only because we have become the observers?" While somewhat riddling, these questions, when more deeply contemplated, will lead to sensations of being that are peaceful and connected.

Summary: The "easy button" in the brain can be more easily accessed when we break through the mental fog of sense-desire, ill will, laziness, worry, and doubt. Understanding how your incoming and outgoing breath connects you with the world outside of you, being generous, engaging in physical exercise, living according to your values, and including the observer in your total self-understanding will all help to clear the fog so that the "easy button" is within reach.

It's not an overnight process, but might it not be worthwhile to remove the fog, as an experiment, to see if 2020 can be a more peaceful year for your mind?

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/debunking-myths-the-mind/201912/how-can-you-find-peace-mind-in-the-new-year

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Srini Pillay M.D. is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, brain researcher, certified master executive coach, technology entrepreneur and musician. He is regarded as a pioneer in the field of transformational neurocoaching and has been extensively featured in the media including CNN, Fox, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes and Fortune. He is an award-winning author of multiple books and an in-demand keynote speaker. His most recent book is “Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind”.

Pillay is the founder and CEO of NeuroBusiness Group, voted one of the Top 20 movers and shakers in leadership development in the world by Training Industry. He has worked with leaders internationally in many Fortune 500 companies, and is currently an invited member of The Consortium for Advanced Adult Learning and Development (CAALD) at McKinsey &Co. and The Transformational Leadership Council (TLC). Recently, Pillay created a series of videos on “Managing Depression in the Workplace” for LinkedIn Learning.

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Biting Wit and Outrageous Rhymes Combine to Make a Hilarious Commentary on Life and Politics

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Philip Taylor has put together some of his funniest satirical verse to remind us that human foolishness is an unchanging feature of the world we live in.

CLEVELAND, OHIO, USA, December 27, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Sunken Restaurant is a light-hearted but incisive collection of comic political verse written by Philip Taylor during the 1980’s for broadcast on Cleveland’s Public TV station, WVIZ. As social commentary, it captures the humor and irony present in many aspects of life during the Reagan era. The subtle analogies and outrageous rhymes bring to life many issues that still have a surprising relevance in today’s world. The delightful line drawings by Camilla Taylor add vibrancy to the humor, and are the icing on the cake of this entertaining anthology.

The targets of Taylor’s wit cover a wide variety of ill-conceived human activity as recorded in the news media of the period: An ambitious plan for a gourmet restaurant aboard a large boat is torpedoed by fate when the boat is allowed to slip its moorings, and sink gracefully below the water; a town in Georgia passes a law requiring all heads of household to own a firearm, with unsurprising results; when the City of Cleveland announces a ban on the private ownership of lions, tigers or bears, some indignant lion-owners protest; restrictions on the use of child labor are about to be lifted, leading to speculation on where this might lead – These are some of the many topics addressed in this rib-tickling collection.

Philip Taylor is something of a Renaissance man. While he has been writing funny poems since the 1980's, when his rhyming political commentaries became a hit on the weekly program "Signatures" on Public Television, and was once a correspondent for the London Observer, he is also a well-known scientist. He has a day job as Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University, in which his copious writing on topics like "A Quantum Approach to Condensed Matter Physics" provides zero opportunity for wisecracks and drollery. Although he has no fewer than six physics phenomena named after him, he shrugs off his fame in science with the modest exhortation "Ah, but you should read my poetry if you want a real laugh!" We should all take his advice.

ATBOSH Media Ltd. in Cleveland, Ohio is more than just Taylor’s publisher. As an Agency Press they also serve as his literary agent for the book.

"We are a different type of publishing house," says publisher Jared Bendis. "Instead of shopping around to larger publishing houses, we published the book and now we will be shopping it around to larger houses for them to take it to the next level."

Larger publishing houses interested in publishing or distributing the work or production companies interested in optioning the work should contact Jared Bendis directly at jared@atbosh.com or call 216-288-6349.

The Sunken Restaurant And Other Verse by Philip Taylor
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Revolutionizing Healthcare Through Extended Reality (XR)

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Illustration : Healthcare Professionals immersed through Mixed Reality Technology

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XR is catalyzing healthcare through interactive, responsive, and hyper-realistic scenarios that help master delicate procedures and minimize mistakes

Extended reality is catalyzing healthcare through interactive, responsive, and hyper-realistic scenarios that help master delicate procedures and minimize mistakes.”

— Dr. Sana Farid – Pioneer X-Reality & Ai Strategist

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, December 27, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — “Health care is not a commodity or privilege, but a human right.” – Julio Frenk, Dean, Harvard School of Public Health.

In a world with rising population problems, health care is crucial. Health care practitioners are tasked not only with the duty to save people’s lives, but also to improve the quality of life.

HEALTHCARE AND THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

At a time when human existence is deeply linked to technology, it is unsurprising that technology provides hope in health care too. The recent developments in technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (Ai) ushered in the fourth industrial revolution in the 21st century.

“Extended reality is catalyzing healthcare through interactive, responsive, and hyper-realistic scenarios that help master delicate procedures and minimize mistakes.” – Dr. Sana Farid, Pioneer XR & Ai Strategist

CROSSING HEALTHCARE CHALLENGES WITH XR

Extended reality (XR) is an umbrella term used for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). It debuted mainly in entertainment systems and gaming but has rapidly gained importance in healthcare.

PATIENTS AND XR

Providing new treatment options is easier with VR, which enables people who are temporarily disabled to regain control in a virtual setting. Stroke patients, for example, can practice daily activities in simulated environments under doctors’ supervision.
After complicated procedures, patients are likely to be vulnerable to anxiety and require pain medication. When they are provided XR immersive experiences, they adapt to this temporary condition faster. It also makes the period leading up to the procedure more comfortable for the patient. When simulations are available, fears can be mitigated more efficiently by simplifying complex ideas.

“With XR, patients and doctors have real-time updates on their health conditions, improving communication and therefore, treatment.”

DOCTORS AND XR

With improved XR, aspiring doctors can practice new techniques without risking patients’ lives. A risk-free environment with real-time feedback helps doctors become more precise. A freshly minted doctor with no hands-on experience will still be able to perform with great skill and accuracy through virtual practice.
Even established surgeons can become better using XR. When planning and training for complicated surgeries, XR helps visualize the procedure. Being able to interact with models increases accuracy and the chances of favorable outcomes when the process is carried out.

“XR revolutionizes how doctors are trained, allowing them to practice in a risk-free simulation and helping them minimize errors.”

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE AT THE ARAB HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE

The Arab Health conference is the biggest in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. It is among the five biggest healthcare conferences in the world. It attracts about 55,000 attendees from 159 countries, which makes it a leading platform to engage, network and discovers the latest trends in healthcare.
For the upcoming event of 2020, the conference has the central theme of the fourth industrial revolution. Recognizing how vital VR and Ai will be in providing healthcare, Arab Health is providing a platform for discussion.

“The Extended Reality (Cross-Reality) market was valued at USD 27.0 billion in 2018 and is projected to increase rapidly to USD 393 billion by 2025, report MRFR analyses.”

Immersive experiences bring hopes to patients and have been popularized under the labels of #VRforGood and #VRforImpact. Arab Health has identified this trend and is bringing together world experts to exchange ideas in intelligent connectivity which will permeate into telemedicine, virtual healthcare, and assistance.

BRINGING IDEAS TO REALITY

Not ones to restrict their theme to theory, Arab Health has partnered with Munfarid to provide immersive experiences. This Bahrain-based innovation company is just three years old but has achieved tremendous success in this short time.

“In the Arab Health conference in 2020, Munfarid will provide immersive solutions to attendees, allowing them to experience personally how transformative technology can be.”

Munfarid is a very multifaceted company, branching outwards into science, technology, education, and healthcare. However, healthcare remains an issue close to the heart for Dr. Sana Farid, who is a Co-Founder at Munfarid. A pioneering woman, she has set an example for women in the MENA region by becoming an incredibly successful entrepreneur. She firmly believes that XR has touched people’s lives positively.

“…Healthcare professionals are able to help patients with better treatment outcomes during painful and/or anxious situations. This approach enables them to improve the overall patient experience and a better quality of life." – Dr. Sana Farid

Dr. Sana has brought XR to children as well as the elderly through distraction therapy, meditation and wellness, and immersive programs. These have been received with great appreciation.

Dr. Sana’s ambitions fast-tracked her career to the position of Co-President of the VRARA’s MENA chapter. This association unites global innovators to collaborate. Today, Dr. Sana is an integral part of the association.

Munfarid has greatly benefitted from her expertise, as she brings technology to everyone and transforms their life. Munfarid now has expanded its horizons to work with some big names such as Huawei and HP at the GITEX Technology Week in 2019. With these partners, the focus is on fostering positive change in education and healthcare through immersive technology.

Arab Health has chosen Munfarid as the immersive solutions partner because the company has demonstrated consistent efforts and has been delivering credible partnerships. Through these, Munfarid is carving a niche in the world and making itself the go-to brand in the immersive healthcare sector.
It is fast emerging as a beacon of pride in the MENA region, inspiring other companies to innovate and collaborate on ideas that boost long-term entrepreneurship and strengthen the economy.

This new year, see for yourself how ideas are translated into reality. Come, experience the transformative power of immersive technology at Arab Health 2020!

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