Boise IONS meets the last Sunday of each month except August and December from 2 to 4 PM at the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Garrett Street in Garden City.  Judith Allen will share with us a way of  “MAINTAINING  YOUR  INDEPENDENCE   from the Healthcare System; What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!”,   along with her story of coming back from disability to health and the Nobel Prize winning science that helped her accomplish this along with getting her prescription medications. 

Affectionately known as Lady J, Judith Allen, RN, has for 35+ years been studying and practicing alternative/complementary medicine, and for the past three years has been a Cardiovascular (Heart Health) Coach.  Her objective is to make a difference in the world, one person at a time.  She has some startling facts about the ‘Medical Industrial Complex’ and the medical device she uses to determine the amount of fatty plaque buildup in your arteries which is 99% as accurate as having an angiogram, non-invasive and much less expensive both in time and money. She has many skills to help her patients or when appropriate, to refer them to someone else who can meet their needs.

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IAt the September 2015 meeting Vicki Lundin-Taylor, PhD, will share with us the synchronized approach she uses for coaching clients looking to balance personal and professional lives.

Vicky is a credentialed transformative coach who says that after years of working, playing, and living with the best of intentions for becoming successful and happy, she finally discovered the secret.  No, not the book!  The truth. To know thyself.  It is about taking the time to soulfully discover who you are, who you want to be, and strategically live with purpose. Vicki integrated her diverse business background, which spans the corporate venue, community advocacy, successful entrepreneurial enterprises, and a Masters Degree in Business with extensive education and practical experience in Transpersonal Psychology.

During the last 5 years, Vicki observed that the term transformation had been overused, commercialized, and diluted in its value which led her to her doctorate research: A Lived Experience of Transformation within an Earth-Based Hero’s Journey. She discovered shifts that take place in an individual’s daily life after experiencing a transformation. Vicki will share her research and provide a forum for discussion.

At the May 31st meeting M’Tae Woodbury will provide an overview of the Buddhist insights into the nature of mind and recent investigation by neuroscientists into the effects of meditation on the mind. The presentation will pose questions, explore answers and suggest further lines of inquiry.

As the Director of the Mindfulness Center Idaho, M’Tae provides training and education to individuals and groups interested in mindfulness and the cultivation of resiliency.  She is a facilitator for the Trauma Resource Institute, as well as an ordained Buddhist Chaplain. She speaks regularly at local centers of worship and officiates at weddings and funerals. She received Upasika vows from the esteemed Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Venerable Pema Chodron, in 1992; received the Five Mindfulness Trainings in the Plum Village Tradition in 1994, and was ordained as a lay member of the Order of Interbeing by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh in 1997.  She has taught yoga and meditation in Boise since 1989, and is the current President of the Board of Directors of Beginners Mind Sangha, a Thich Nhat Hanh community of practice, in Boise, ID.

Posted by: mitchelbethel | April 13, 2015

BoiseIONS April Presentation: The Toolbox Project A

At the April 26th meeting Becky Carson Eisenman, who has taught at Boise schools for many years will share The Toolbox Project. The Project is based on the belief that all children have an innate capacity for resilience, self-mastery, and empathy for others. The Project curriculum, practices, and methods  give children, educators and parents skills to access those innate abilities through a strengths-based, common language, leading to cohesive, collaborative, non-violent, and caring communities. The Toolbox Project  provides a new way forward in our understanding and assumptions about what it means to be an educated person in the twenty-first century, giving hope for a more meaningful and positive future.

Posted by: mitchelbethel | March 18, 2015

BoiseIONS : March 2015 Michelle Wood and The Yoga of Sound

At the March 29th, 2015 meeting of Boise IONS, Michelle Wood, a highly experienced Nada Yoga practitioner will talk about Nada Yoga and offer the opportunity for you to experience this ancient sound system for yourself!  Yoga literally means “to be one with†and is a means to experience union with the Divine.  NÄ da Yoga is defined as “a mystic sound,†and is the practice of using the voice to awaken consciousness to such a level as to experience Universal Oneness.Â

Posted by: mitchelbethel | February 20, 2015

Feb 2015 presentation: Mark Zimmerer yoga and consciousness.

Mark Zimmerer will speak at the February 2015 meeting.  Mr. Zimmerer is a Boise yoga teacher and body worker, interested in how our awareness of our body influences our consciousness and helps us to be more aware of each moment we live.  He will discuss and share with the group the practice of yoga, the breath, and the yoga sutras.”

At the January 25th, 2015 meeting, Dana Marsh, author of Extraordinary Freedom: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Times, will discuss “Stepping into Others Shoes: Integrating Compassion into Everyday Life”; providing an overview of the important role compassion plays in one’s life and in the community.  Her presentation will include powerful strategies for integrating compassion through active engagement.
Dana is the Spiritual Director and Leader of  Heart of the Dharma, a non-profit that is dedicated to sharing wisdom from the Buddhist tradition. She is also a founder of the Compassion & Insight Center in Boise, Idaho, a secular non-profit dedicated to enhancing compassion in the community. She encourages and guides others with both love and humor.

“Boise IONS meets the last Sunday of each month except August and December from 2 to 4 PM at the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Garrett Street in Garden City.  At the November 30th meeting, Greg Bishop will be discussing his journey as a sound healing musician and his philosophy of how and why sound and music are an important part of life and healing.  Greg is a Certified Rolfer, Rolf Movement Practitioner, cranio-sacral therapist and sound healer. He received his Masters in Music in Flute performance from the University of Wisconsin in 1984. He was certified as a Rolfer in 2000.  He later worked as a music leader in an Episcopal Church that was very involved with inner healing, where a prophetic teacher and healer noticed that his music had a healing effect, and told him that his true destiny and calling was to develop a new type of sound healing. Greg reminds us that Quantum Physicists teach us that everything we know is vibration and that sound has a direct effect our brains, our bodies and our emotions. Music is a major part of every culture on our planet.  Greg is very grateful to have been given the opportunity to discover some of the miracles and mysteries of music and to use his gifts to heal, uplift and inspire.”

Posted by: mitchelbethel | September 24, 2014

BoiseIONS Sept 2014 presentation: Holistic Death care

At the September 28th meeting,  Sherri Rudai, President, Funeral Consumers’ Alliance of Idaho and Susan Randall, Death Midwife/Holistic Death Care and member of the Board of the Funeral Consumers’ Alliance of Idaho will conduct a workshop on Holistic Death Care and initiate a conversation regarding legal choices and options in death care.

Sherri will help us understand that although death is something we all have in common, it is one of the topics that most of us can barely talk about.  She will demonstrate how by sharing our experiences about death and the caring for our loved ones at the end of life, we convey our humanity.

Susan realized at an early age that meaningful ritual was important for honoring the dead, and she learned that the absence of a loved one’s body delays the grieving process. As an adult, after viewing a friend’s body at the funeral home, she saw the importance of taking charge of the funeral process. These experiences have led Susan to educate folks about their legal choices and options in death care as well as in celebrating this transition.

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