Take a Free Virtual Tour of 12 Famous Museums from your Couch!

While you are at home during COVID-19, take a tour of a famous museum! Here are 12 famous museums that offer you free virtual tours of fascinating exhibits that you can enjoy from your couch! Follow the link: Take A Virtual Museum Tour

For Dyslexics—You Are Amazing!

By Kathleen Dunbar, CA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Hakomi Therapist 

You’re dyslexic? Wow! That means you have some amazing gifts! The planet needs your unique brilliance! 

If you’d rather listen to the article than read, there are audio links on every page! Listen or download for free. Find the audio at: Audio on Dyslexia

What you’ll find on these pages: 

These pages and articles are dedicated to understanding: 

  • What dyslexia is and how the dyslexic brain works.
  • Dyslexic strengths explained. 
  • The unique challenges of growing up dyslexic on emotional wellbeing: Key areas of difficulty and suggestions for support. 
  • Resources: Videos of dyslexics speaking about their experiences; books and articles; inspiration and information.
  • The kinds of psychotherapy that are best suited for dyslexics.

For an in-depth look at dyslexia and lots of information on your dyslexic brilliance and challenges, there are FOUR ways to check out this article:
Blog of Article
Explore Webpage Be sure to look at the pull-down menu!
Listen to Article or Download Audio for Free
Downloadable PDF–Go to this LINK and look for the article Dyslexics–You Are Amazing

 

 

Countering the Effects of Social Distancing through Live Video Connections with Friends and Family

Here’s a short video from Stephen Porges, one of the leading specialists on healing trauma through social engagement. It’s so important right now to reach out and both see and hear our friends and family on video and phone because that regulates our nervous systems, restoring resilience, aliveness, compassion and generosity. Texts and emails are helpful, but not enough: We are biologically wired to need to hear, see and feel others as we co-regulate. Though we can’t use touch during this time as we normally would, hearing a loved one’s voice and seeing a friend’s smile go a long way to help us ground and relax. Here’s the link:  Stephen Porges on Co-Regulating and Countering the Effects of Social Distancing 

Coming Home To Your Untarnishable Golden Self

All your choices have brought you to this moment. You did the best you could. Thank the voices that criticize you by telling them “I know you’re only trying to help.” I mean it–really do this–thank them! That’s an audacious and sophisticated act that results in a healing shift in the following way: When you thank your critics, you are actually adding some needed separation between yourself and them and you’re doing something very healing. The self that has the ability to thank your critics is your True Self, so capable and amazing, and untarnishable as gold. Because after all, the critics are the valiant security team you hired as a kid to make sense of a disrupted and hurtful world. They just go into overdrive and that’s the problem. But here’s one way to begin to change the channel. Give it a try, tell them thanks. Feel for the little bit of space and calm that comes. Breathe. Congratulations, you’ve just come back home!

Share Fav Recipes With Friends!

Change up your dinner plans by emailing your favorite recipes with friends! I’m gluten free, but hands down these are the best brownies I’ve ever had, gluten or no gluten. 

Paleo Brownies a la Yum! 

1 cup blanched almond flour  (notalmond meal, must be almond flour)
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp baking soda
4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate (100% cacao) (hard, notmelted)
7 large Medjool dates, pits removed, cut in thirds
3 large eggs
½ cup coconut oil, melted—buy it in a glass jar not plastic, so you can melt it in microwave or set it in a pot and boil the water to melt it
¼ tsp vanilla
1/4 to 1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 to 1/2 cup walnuts (optional) 

  • Heat oven to 350. 
  • Grease a 8”x8” square pan greased lightly with coconut oil You need a food processor to make this recipe. 
  • In a food processor, pulse together almond flour, sea salt and baking soda. 
  • Pulse in squares of dark chocolate until texture is like coarse sand. 
  • Pulse in dates until the texture of coarse sand. 
  • Beats eggs slightly in a bowl first then pulse in. 
  • You can melt the coconut oil directly in the jar in the microwave, melting enough until you can pour ½ cup into the measuring cup—then pulse that in until the mixture is smooth. 
  • Pulse in vanilla and maple syrup. 
  • Transfer mixture to pan. 
  • Mixture will be thick, so spread with a spatula or tip pan so mixture goes into corners. 
  • Regarding walnuts—be careful in the food processor. You only want to mix them in the batter and be careful not to make them small but keep them large. If you buy whole walnuts, do 3-6 one-second pulses to cut them up a bit. If you buy already small pieces, just pulse for 1-3 seconds to mix them in the batter. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean andthe brownies shrink a bit from the sides of the pan andthey smell “done.” Your oven may be different than mine. 
  • Cool for a bit, if you have fortitude. When cool enough, turn out of the pan, cut into squares, put them in a container, and refrigerate. If you refrigerate them in the pan they won’t turn out of the pan. I think they taste best chilled. 
  • Yummmmmmmm!

Stop and Smell the Roses


When you literally stop and smell the roses, your heart lifts, and your brain and body give you feel-good signals that help shift the rest of your day. Where are the roses for you? Here’s a photo of my neighbors’ roses taken last spring! Right now as we are inside our homes, it’s so important to take time to stop and hear a bird singing outside, to smell a favorite meal cooking, to savor the first mouthful, to hold a loved one’s hand and look in their eyes, to feel moved by listening to a favorite song. Using the senses of the body–touch, taste, vision, scent, sound–help us ground in the moment. Better yet–go a step further and “take the elevator down” into your chest because when you stay for a moment or two with the appreciation of what you are sensing, your system swaps out stress hormones for feel-good hormones, your nervous system calms, and you ground.

My Song in Top Ten for Last Three Months!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Three Months Running!

My original song “In The Hole” from my most recent album Liars, Cutthroats and Dames is in Ourstage’s Top Ten for the past three months! Check it out here: https://kathleendunbar.bandcamp.com/track/in-the-hole-2

Please check out al of my tunes at:
My Website: https://www.kathleendunbarmusic.com/store
Bandcamp: https://kathleendunbar.bandcamp.com