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Songs of Myself: Using Lists for Self Discovery

Nicole Porter, PhD, Author

"The mundane list is a forceful tool to help you complete tasks. Often taught by time-managers, the power of the list is undeniable. Lists have an almost alchemic capacity to turn disorder into accomplishment. Somehow by the simple act of writing down the task that needs to be done, we find it is half completed - and often the other half seems to effortlessly finish itself. Perhaps it has something to do with the way these tasks insinuate their way into our day, if they are on the list. If they are not written down they are simply forgotten and buried under distractions and laundry. Perhaps the hardest part is committing to do something. Several mystics claim that intention is the seed of creation that shapes reality. Perhaps it is the power of Intention. What ever it is, the mundane list is a sturdy and effective tool in daily life. Why not use this art to explore your life and harness the same force for personal creativity and passion - as a way of working toward a new reality."


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Interconnectedness and the Individual

Nicole Porter, PhD, Author 

"This dynamic systems perspective is an alternative to the Stark Individualism that is so prevalent in modern society. Utilizing examples from: Social Darwinism, genetics, fetal development, brain plasticity, and the education system, to the international human rights movement, we call into question the goal of respecting all values and behaviors in a given society. Arguing against moral relativism, we propose the necessity for foundational values and acknowledgement of our interconnectedness. In the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, pratityasamutpada (Sanskrit) is used to refer to the general principle of interdependent causation, or dependent origination". 


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Public Policy Research Trends: Ch.3 Interconnectedness

Sophie J Evans, Editor

Nicole Porter, PhD, Author

"In any society, governmental entities enact laws, make policies, and allocate resources. This is true at all levels. Public policy can be generally defined as a system of laws, regulatory measures, courses of action, and funding priorities concerning a given topic promulgated by a governmental entity or its representatives. Individuals and groups often attempt to shape public policy through education, advocacy, or mobilisation of interest groups.Shaping public policy is obviously different in Western-style democracies than in other forms of government. But it is reasonable to assume that the process always involves efforts by competing interest groups to influence policy makers in their favour. A major aspect of public policy is law. In a general sense, the law includes specific legislation and more broadly defined provisions of constitutional or international law."


BOOKS, COMING SOON

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The Organic Equestrian

Nicole Porter, PhD, Author

"Wonderful. Everything you need to know about healthy, organic food for your equine to keep your horse healthy and happy. This is a solid informational resource and cookbook for horse owners and lovers, with practical green-feed alternative that are not processed, not from China, non-gmo, organic, full of vitamins and optimal nutrition. It also includes tons of fun recipes and activities to treat you horse. I highly recommend it." - Rudy Aguilar, Retired Jockey and Professional Horse Trainer at Arlington National Racecourse

Available on Kindle and in paperback on June 30th. Preorders available now.


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Fatigue: Zen in the Art of Energy

Nicole Porter, PhD, Author

We are in the midst of a Human Energy Crisis. We’re exhausted in body, mind and spirit, and we wonder why so many of us are sick and unhappy. Vigor has become the exception, and statistics bear this out. Fatigue is such a rampant problem that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) declared it a public health concern this year. We’re information overloaded, overworked, and overwhelmed. Our functioning’s impaired, and over half of us exhibit independent signs of sleep deprivation. Everyone’s sick and tired, or knows someone who is. We’re searching for a cure. What’s happening and how do we fix it? 

The modern fatigue epidemic is overwhelmingly due to imbalances in the modern American lifestyle. Fatigue is not a symptom to treat, rather it is the effort to overcome a disturbed equilibrium. It can be understood as an attempt by the body to slow us down, and to create room for regeneration and self-care. As a result, it requires a change to our lifestyle to restore our vitality. 

This book explains how to cure fatigue, recalibrate health, and provides effective information in a straightforward manner. The ways we clear away obstacles to energy can be broken down into three categories - Balance, Organic, and Whole (BOW). That is, balancing activity and rest, detoxifying with an organic lifestyle, and removing barriers to whole, direct-experience though mindfulness and meditation. Nicole Porter PhD, is a fatigue expert, published in many high-ranking journals for behavioral neuroscience, immunology, genealogy, and epidemiology. She is also a recovering workaholic and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patient. She can say first hand - this way of being is not only curative, it is infinitely more rich and rewarding.

Buddha said: “Bodhisattvas should learn the art of healing in order to help others and to liberate them from suffering.” We should also be bodhisattvas to ourselves. There are many simple, self-healing techniques that you can begin using right now that will improve your energy levels significantly. Among these methods from Eastern medicine, are: mindfulness, pacing, detox, organic diet, nature immersion, forest bathing, qigong, and meditation. It’s a practical approach to health, with a clear path to expression beyond the meditation cushion, to everyday life. This down to earth book teaches people how to heal themselves. Fatigue is a practical guide to energizing body, mind and spirit by using the Balanced-Organic-Whole (BOW) framework. Like shooting an arrow at a target, it is the process by which we: Prepare. Support. Let Go. And as the master D.T. Suzuki said “Fundamentally, the marksman aims at himself.”    


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COOKING WITH A BOW: The Top 10 Food Myths

Nicole Porter, PhD, Author

Low fat, pro fat, good fat, low carb, no carb, vegetarians, and vegans - it’s a controversial time in nutrition and everyone is passionate. The low-fat crowd says eating too much fat will make you fat and give you a heart attack. Vegetarians say red meat gives you cancer, hardened arteries, and at the very least makes you immoral. Vegans think casein in milk gives you cancer. Pro fat people tell you wheat will kill you. Low carb and anti-grain people think carbs cause fat, destroy your brain and lead to digestion issues. Everyone else seems to be going gluten-free.  There’s always a different demon to name and a new ingredient to blame. If wheat, rice, cows, pigs, butter, lard, sugar,  fruit, milk, coffee, alcohol, and salt are all evil - only organic uncooked carrots and broccoli are still standing above reproach. This leads many to the conclusion we should cut it all and become Rawists.

No wonder a recent poll found most American’s believe doing their taxes is easier than deciding on a healthy diet. Next we’ll hear we can only eat living food, lying in our gardens moon-bathing and biting ripe tomatoes off of the vine. While it does sound kind of fun, aren’t we just sick of the nutritional roller coaster? This obsessive “ingredient-phobia” is problematic. Of the various cultures in the world, none fits any one model of healthy eating. There are healthy people everywhere, and they’re eating everything. Keep it Balanced-Organic-Whole.


Books, In The hopper

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BOW: The Cookbook

Nicole Porter, PhD, Author

Easy healthy home cooked recipes. This is an incredible collection of recipes, photos, and herbal medicine as a means to preserve and share sacred foodways. These dishes are beautifully simple and healing.

It’s never been a better time to learn to cook. Foodies have made chefs into celebrities. Home cooks are the new Julia Childs. If it involves food, there’s cock- tail party conversation, a show for it on Food Network, or a Dr. Oz special in the offing. Even ingredient-centric events draw crowds with promises of popularity or ingenuity. It’s un- deniably cool to cook. Its also a simple joy that makes life lovely. 


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BUDDHA BUNNY MOON

Nicole Porter, PhD, Author and Illustrator

“Wonderful both in text and illustrations! This book distills classic Buddhist teaching in an engaging story that will capture children and adults alike. Read it and be prepared to enter the magical world of rabbit, otter and their friends. Wonderful dialogue and the illustrations of enchanted animals are a rich feast for the eyes.” -- Charles R. Strain PhD, religious studies professor at DePaul University and creator of the courses: Socially Engaged Buddhism” and “Zen Mind.”

A journey to an enchanted forest where a rabbit, otter, fox and a monkey can become friends, sets the stage for this fine retelling of this Jataka, or birth story. In Bunny Moon, Nicole Porter gives us a colorful introduction to Buddhism. An outgrowth of the traditional Asian fable, The Hare in the Moon, this story is based on the Buddha’s past life as a rabbit. We follow the Rabbit through his many adventures and misadventures, exploring the primary theme of generosity and compassion. This gentle and amusing journey promotes the messages of peace, attentiveness, tolerance, and respect. The story is subtly interwoven with Buddhist practices and principles of: mindfulness, being in the moment, simplicity, equanimity, and interconnectedness, to name a few. There is also an introduction to the pebble form of meditation, posture, and watching the breath. 

 


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Ramona and the Dragon: A Feminist Fairy Tale

Robyne Unterthiner, Author and Nicole Porter, PhD, Illustrator

"What happens when a tomboy princess has to do battle with a princess- eating dragon? Well, she lures him with cupcakes, teaches him compassion, and convinces him to become a vegetarian, of course!

There’s a swirl of good-humored life to the book. Its theme conveys the values of Buddhism, particularly those related to loving-kindness, karma (the laws of cause and effect), and compassion. Through the adventures of Princess Ramona, the reader learns that self-acceptance, acceptance of differences, and compassion for others is a path of knowledge that leads to liberation from suffering. Spontaneity of word and feeling are backed by zesty colors and a jovial, tongue-in-cheek tone to which children can relate."