Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help, Uncategorized

Dr. Richard Dixey Shows How to Change Your Life with Three Minutes a Day

Gain Clarity, Reduce Stress, Enhance Creativity

Three Minutes a Day with author Richard Dixey

If you’re one of the millions of people interested in meditation but have a busy monkey-mind, find it hard to sit still, or are short on time, Three Minutes a Day is the perfect way to learn how to incorporate this valuable practice into everyday life.

Dr. Richard Dixey presents a different approach to meditation that uses short exercises to stabilize mental experience. He shares a direct path to clarity of mind, stress relief, sharper thinking, improved concentration, and enhanced creativity that can be followed from anywhere, no matter how busy your schedule.

About Dr. Richard Dixey

Richard Dixey, PhD, is a scientist and lifelong student of Asian philosophy. He runs the Light of Buddhadharma Foundation in India with his wife Wangmo, the eldest daughter of Tibetan lama Tarthang Tulku. He is a senior faculty member at Dharma College in Berkeley, and divides his time between California and India. His new book, Three Minutes a Day: A 14 Week Course to Learn Meditation and Transform Your Life.

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Jul 12: Nancy Crochiere Debuts Graceland

Secrets, Love, Mayhem & Laughter

Graceland with author Nancy Crochiere

Long-time humor columnist, Nancy Crochiere joins us with her debut comic novel, GRACELAND.

What can go wrong when three women race on a roadtrip from Boston to Memphis, while they encounter everything from jealous soap actors to free range ferrets and a trio of Elvis impersonators? And how will everyone’s deepest secrets begin to unravel? Tune in!

About Nancy Crochiere

For more than a decade before Nancy Crochiere chronicled the ups and down of family life – including her obsession w George Clooney – in her humorous newspaper column, The Mother Load. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Writer’s Digest, and other platforms. And in her free time she acts as an extra in feature films and TV Shows. Today we introduce her first fiction book, Graceland.

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Jan 11: How Food Supports Emotional Well-being with Mary Beth Albright

Eat & Flourish

Food expert Mary Beth Albright draws on cutting-edge science to explain how food has the power to nourish your mind and support emotional wellness.

Eat & Flourish is not a diet book. It’s a whole system, whole living look at how nutrition, environment, psychology, biology, and even pleasure work together to help alleviate depression, anxiety, and stress.

We also discuss: The food-mood connection. How Mary Beth redefines emotional eating. The power of the gut microbiome. And what you need to know about the gut-brain connection.

About Mary Beth Albright

Mary Beth Albright started this research while she worked at the Surgeon General’s office, with Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. She’s now a correspondent and editor at The Washington Post, writing for Health/Science, Food, Travel, and Book World (as she says – the things that make life good). She’s also a public health attorney with two award-winning video series, including Secret Table and Teach Dave to Cook.  Her latest book, Eat & Flourish: How Food Supports Emotional Well-being.

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JUL 28: How Creative & Performing Artists (& Everyone Else) Can Finally Meet Their Goals with Creativity Expert Eric Maisel

The Power of Daily Practice – psychology, practice, & benefits

Eric Maisel lives and breathes creativity – understanding it, teaching it, and developing it to help others on their creative journeys.

Regardless of what’s holding you back – self-doubt, fear, raising kids, lack of time or money – Dr. Maisel‘s deep understanding of the psychology of creativity, living with purpose, and doing what’s important can help.

He defines “daily practice”; and the psychological and practical benefits of it. We explore ways to overcome challenges. Identify some of the 20 elements to make your practice successful. And examine the dreaded P word – procrastination.

About Eric Maisel

Eric Maisel, PhD, is the author of more than 50 books in the areas of critical psychology, writing, creativity, and the creative life. He’s a former psychotherapist and current creativity coach. His new book is The Power of Daily Practice: How Creative and Performing Artists (and Everyone Else) Can Finally Meet Their Goals.

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DEC 24: Happy Holidays! KKNW Presents the Christmas Special

Every year on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, The Scandinavian Hour hosts Christmas music from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.  So enjoy the music, and Conversations LIVE with Vicki St. Clair will be back next week.

If you don’t celebrate the holiday, enjoy some downtime and do something fun for yourself

If you do celebrate, the team at Conversations LIVE wishes you a Very Merry Christmas filled with much joy, love, and laughter.

From ~ David, Eric, Jon, & Vicki.

P.S.  And Dylan Thomas the Border Collie, who keeps Vicki in check!


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DEC 25: Happy Holidays from Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair!

All of us here at Conversations Live would like to wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyous Christmas!  In our place today, KKNW will feature the annual two hour special from “The Scandinavian Hour” full of music and Christmas spirit.

Tune in Friday at 6 AM during prime drive time to enjoy this encore edition of Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair, featuring Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent, and Christopher Brown’s Tropic of Kansas.

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KKNW Celebrates 9 Years of Conversations Live

The art of conversation, quality conversation that is, often leads first with listening. For nine years, Vicki St. Clair, host of Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair has been doing just that. . .first listening and then conversing with fascinating people from all walks of life.

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Mar 21: 1] Clearing Emotional Clutter 2] Expectation Hangover ~ PODCAST

Drawing upon both modern science and ancient practices practicing psychotherapist and former Buddhist monk Donald Altman says his book Clearing Emotional Clutter can help the reader to “… heal and move on from pains, insults, traumas, toxic stressors, and emotional clutter from the past and the present — without blaming, shaming, or punishing yourself.”

Christine Hassler left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about . . . but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination. Her newest book Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love and Life guides readers on how to treat disappointment on the emotional, mental, behavioral and spiritual levels.

Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair airs each Monday at noon Pacific on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. Like us on Facebook and follow Vicki on Twitter for exclusive updates and contests!

Donald Altman promises readers of Clearing Emotional Clutter managing emotional clutter begins with managing their brains, and it’s something everyone can do: “While your brain may have initially been shaped by conditions out of your control, the brain is extremely malleable,” he writes. “Neuroscience shows you can reshape the brain’s inner architecture much like an athlete shapes her or his body by going to the gym. Through learning new tools, you become the master programmer capable of rewiring your brain.” Donald is a psychotherapist, award-winning writer, former Buddhist monk, and teacher. He served as adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology program at Portland State University.

When our expectations are met and things go according to plan, we feel accomplished, in control, and on track. But when life does not live up to our expectations, we end up with an “expectation hangover.” Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love and Life by Christine Hassler guides readers on how to overcome when a desired result is not met, an outcome is achieved but it does not give us the feelings we thought it would, life throws us a curveball, or we simply do not feel we are living up to the expectations placed upon us (by ourselves or others). As a professional speaker, Christine leads seminars and workshops to audiences around the country and has appeared as an expert on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, E!, Style and PBS, as well as various local television and radio shows.

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Mar 07: 1] Hard Cold Winter 2] Infinite Awareness ~ PODCAST

Last year Seattle native Glen Erik Hamilton introduced readers to disillusioned Army Sergeant turned vigilante, Van Shaw in Past Crimes… which has now been nominated for an Edgar Award… and now he’s back in Hard Cold Winter, which just received a starred review from Library Journal: “From the very first page, this thriller is clever, timely, and definitely an attention grabber.” Glen will be appearing at University Bookstore in Seattle with J.A. Jance on 3/16/16 at 6 PM, and at Eagle Harbor Books in Bainbridge Island the next night (3/17/16) at 7:30 PM.

As a neuroscientist, Marjorie Woollacott had no doubt the brain was a purely physical entity controlled by chemicals and electrical pulses. After experimenting with meditation for the first time, however, her view changed. Now, years of meditation have caused her to question the reality she built her career upon, forcing her to ask what human consciousness really is. Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind pairs her research as a neuroscientist with her self-revelations about the mind’s spiritual power. Marjorie will be speaking at the Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island on Sunday, February 28, 2016 and University Bookstore in Seattle on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

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With Hard Cold Winter, the follow-up to his successful debut novel, Past Crimes, Glen Erik Hamilton proves he’s no one-hit wonder and has quickly become one of the most electrifying new voices in crime writing. Featuring noir overtones, Hard Cold Winter explores just how far one will go to seek justice and the thin line that separates justice from vengeance. A native of Seattle, Glen Erik Hamilton grew up aboard a sailboat, and spent his youth finding trouble around the marinas and commercial docks and islands of the Pacific Northwest. He now lives in California with his family, punctuated by frequent visits to his hometown to soak up the rain.

Between the scientific and spiritual worlds, Marjorie Woollacott‘s Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind breaks open the definition of human consciousness to investigate the existence of a non-physical and infinitely powerful mind. It’s both a memoir and an exploration of her experiences, first, as a neuroscientist and professor, but later, as a meditator, with mystical experiences unexplained by scientific understanding describing her discoveries as she worked to meld these two parts of her life together. Marjorie has been a neuroscience professor and director of the Motor Control Lab in the Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Oregon for more than three decades and a meditator for almost four. She has ongoing grants from National Institutes of Health to study balance and falls in older adults and to study balance and control problems in children with Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome.

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