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Jeffery Milbourn’s OMNI ART SALON: * The Child’s Mind Working * – Part 1

Jeffrey’s terrific conversation with Dr. Roxanne Daleo, Harvard University Health Services educator and founder of MindWorks for Children.


Trained in relaxation and stress reduction techniques at the Harvard Medical School, and the use of symbols for healing from the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Daleo has worked as clinician, instructor and consultant in a wide variety of business and health care settings, and has extensive experience working with children, adults and professionals for patient education, stress management, health promotion and creative art and play therapy programs for the chronic and terminally ill.


MindWorks for Children is a special resource for parents, children, teachers and caregivers to help children and families better cope with normal social and academic pressures children face in school, tests and sports competition, as well as, experiences with nightmares, sickness, hospitalizations, family changes and loss. It also can help parents and professionals reduce worries and fears in children by teaching how to strengthen children’s ability to handle life’s challenges in school, play, and relationships through guided relaxation and meditations designed for stress reduction and how to help themselves feel better, reduce pain and calm down.

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7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

By Dr. Roxanne Daleo
The gift of Mother Earth is life. All is vibrating, all is energy. We are energy beings humming at the same frequency when we tune our human biofield to the earth’s magnetic field. How? Breathe, take in the sunshine and the molecules of genius in the air. We are connecting with the creative force of nature.
Find your own way of connecting with Mother Earth.
1. Light the light of love for life, it’s everywhere!
2. Take off your shoes, walk barefoot.
3. Discover what sings to you and sing back!
4. Jump up and down over the grassy ground.
5. Call in gratitude with all your heart.
6. Dance and drum to the tall trees and breeze.
7. Rest your body in her arms of earth.
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The Healing Power of Dreams
By Dr. Roxanne Daleo
Can you remember the magic of childhood walks through “the woods” or the “fairy gardens” of your own backyard? Do you still imagine looking up at the night sky and feeling a connection
with the grand and beautiful Universe?
We all have the capacity to grow our awareness because we are creative, energy beings. On a dark, rainy Saturday, when I was young, my mother would “show” my sisters and I how
easy it was to create something from nothing…the tiny, brown, cup wrappers from Russell Stover’s chocolates became doll house tables, chairs and lamps with a flip and a tear of the paper! Then, she’d leave us to our own devices to create, create, create. My father, a great storyteller, would start a tale at bedtime and often leave us to “finish it in our dreams”.
Well, it was not really nothing – but rather, it was the play from our inner creative selves – from our inner visions and dreams. We used our imagination, ingenuity and a belief in the invisible, creative energy surrounding us and within us at all times.
Many cultures around the world harness the energy of winter darkness and the night sky to tap into their dreams and visions.
The Senoi tribe of Malaysia teaches their young dreamwork. Dreamwork is the process of using images and visions that come from your dreams, your inner life, your imagination or your
unconscious mind. Then all you have to do is play with them… dance with them! You can!
For example, turn a scary dream about falling off a cliff into an empowering dream of flying, soaring up, up into the sky.
Our modern Western culture can learn much from ancient traditions of the world, such as the so-called “primitive” Malaysian or African tribes, Australian aborigines, North American Indians and many more. These cultures value the interconnectedness of all living things – the earth, sky, wind, water, fire and our connection as energetic, human beings.
These cultures have great depth and wisdom to teach us when it comes to physical illness and mental suffering. Finding this wisdom requires a re-examination of what is possible.
To open our minds and hearts as wide as the world, we must re-view our modern ways and our beliefs. When you do, you can own your own authority… know your capacities, trust your intuitions and insights.
Those of us evolving to the possibilities, realize our emerging, modern 21st century civilization can embrace our multi-dimensionality as we advance in medicine, science, education and social consciousness.
Children who have gone through great trials and tribulations at an early age are particularly gifted. They may even tell you they are “guided,” can talk to angels, connect with those who have passed on, know they will be well again, realize miracles are possible, etc.
I have known children who are walking medical miracles.
My own experiences with gravely ill children humbled me to their understanding of life beyond life… and that the whole of life is a school for spiritual growth.
I believe the first required ingredient is “a little willingness” to break the chains that bind us to our old ways of thinking and behaving.
For example, when I ask you to consider “we are not a body,” what happens for you? Can you break through your assumptions, bring your curiosity to bear and make a little room for a new idea, a new possibility?
Can you consider that we can pass through planes… communicate energetically rather than with words… that we can meet “helpers” who are benevolent spirits or “imaginary friends?”
Chronically ill children call them their “playmates;” their companions who accompany the sick child when they are in pain, afraid, alone or in isolation.
Children everywhere know of such companions. It’s the adult mentality that causes many children to abandon these “helpers” and lose the ability to access these guides.
The second ingredient required is focus. Gently turn your attention away from the day; away from the outer, material world. Bring your attention inward to your breathing.
When we do this, we are rewarded by a more expansive awareness and a corresponding insight into our dreams and visions. Then we can know our higher consciousness. We meet our
inner wisdom in the symbols and images of our dreams.
Let’s remember how to create magical dreams. There are six simple steps in the process:
Step 1.Before going to sleep at night, place a glass of water at your bedside table. Take a sip and say to yourself: “As I drink this water, I remember my dream.”
Step 2. Take three deep breaths. Turn your attention away from your outer world. bring your attention inward toward your breathing. Let your self sleep well. Dream a little dream.
Step 3.Activate your belief by feeling your connection with all of life.
Step 4.See your dream as a message. Does your dream make you feel good and happy? Keep it. This will strengthen your body, mind and spirit. Or does your dream scare you? Change it! Fear weakens us in body, mind and spirit.
Step 5.When you wake, repeat this saying. “As I drink this water, I remember my dream.”
Step 6.You may keep a dream journal so you can “see” your dream more closely – write or draw or paint it each day.


* Podcast Interview!!*
Betsy Wurzel’s radio guest is Dr. Roxanne Daleo who is a renowned Clinician, Leader, and Pioneer in Health Psychology.
Dr. Roxanne Daleo is the Founder and Creator of MindWorks for children and discusses why she created MindWorks and why she is passionate about working with children and their parents/ guardians.
Dr. Roxanne Daleo discusses how important it is for adults to tell their stories to their children, to go out in nature, and to use music and sound to destress children. Dr. Roxanne Daleo has a special offer for Chatting with Betsy’s listeners! Listen to the audio for this unique information on this excellent offer.
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She discusses “what improves mental health?” Find out how your heart/brain
is a powerful electromagnetic device that can boost your immune response
and be felt up to twenty feet away.

The most important gift you can give your children is connecting with them
from a place of calm. Learn how imagining a Hawaiian island retreat is good
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Preserve the Ties That Energize

Thanksgiving Storytelling Family Tradition

By Dr. Roxanne Daleo

“ …and that’s true love!” said my grandpa… his voice made my mind conjure up the entire scene: I see it as if it were real, mom serving dessert after a big Italian-American feast for Thanksgiving Day, always prepared with love by my parents in what I believed to be our beautiful New Jersey home. But the fact is, it was only my grandfather’s voice coming from an audio cassette player. A tape I nearly tossed in the trash moments before to clear the clutter from my garage. So glad I have this priceless treasure today.

Through “imagining” you mentally “see.” Your brain takes the audio input of a voice and provides you a “mental picture”. In this case, it pulled out a memory of the past and my brain served up a scene so vivid you relive it as if it were happening in the present. My grandfather’s philosophy about true love were his words of wisdom I’ll treasure forever.

Your brain can also take an idea or visualization to create a future-self. Your brain can be directed using mental imagery which is really a kind of storytelling.

When you add the auditory aspect, such as a voice, you add a person’s energy because your voice is the blueprint of your soul. Listening to the sound of your own voice is a powerful way to imprint and direct your subconscious mind.

Add the background music and the brain automatically enhances the imagery experience as if it were real. The mind makes no distinction between real and imagined information; this is why using guided imagery narrations for relaxation are a powerful form of mind/body medicine. Scientists are learning how we manipulate and examine pictures of the mind and develop internal states of awareness, resilience and balance.

Many world cultures have been using the power of mental imagery in the form of storytelling. Let’s look at the Native American culture specifically, they have been using the art of telling stories passed down from one generation to the next as their primary form of wisdom communication. Traditionally, Native Americans transmit by story their mythology, spiritual and historical understandings of themselves and the world in which they live to their children.

Storytelling creates the mental imagery in the minds and hearts of the young, that which elders did not want forgotten. In this way, the elders ensured young would not lose sight of their roots, important knowledge that would allow them to live in harmony and cooperation with the natural world.


So this Thanksgiving why not try to capture more voices of the elders in your tribe, the seniors in your family. Allow them to pass on their words of wisdom to the children as part of the formal celebration for which we are giving thanks and deep appreciation. In this way, you can be sure your children and their children have your family’s important knowledge through the beautiful storytelling tradition.

7 Keys to Cultivate Storytelling Family Tradition

1.Give your children and their children a beautiful way to honor their elders by asking questions about their roots, heritage, country of origin and the ways of their people.

2.Use a recording devise to capture and remember forever, the voices of the senior family members and their words of wisdom.

3.Make the bedtime ritual include recounting meaningful memories you made this Thanksgiving holiday (holy day).

4.Create a work of art. Draw, paint, sing a song or dance your newly realized wisdom tradition.

5. Each year collect keepsake photos, images and quotes in a box or a book.

6.Ask your child to express the kind of person they want to become; share the vision of a world they want to see and live in.

7.Have your child record their own voice to express their visions. Speak about appreciation, love and peace. Play this recording before sleep so  the subconscious mind can bring good thoughts to every cell in your child’s body.

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Kissing Joy: How To Build A Flexible Attitude

Kissing Joy

By Dr. Roxanne Daleo

Have you ever noticed the way a humming bird darts from one flower to the next, barely staying long enough for you to observe this little creature? Seems the humming

bird has mastered the art of kissing joy; it is the practice of the light touch. As it navigates its world, the hummingbird is touching but not holding onto the sweetness or the non-sweetness of life

In my work helping anxious children help themselves calm down, I find it is their

perception of the event in their lives that causes most distress. They are not realizing

they are the ones who assign meaning to all events. Heres an example: Katie explains, this bad thing happened at schooleveryone keeps looking at me and saying I look sad, am I ok?

The essential ingredient for tapping into our inner resources is to understand we always

have a choice about how we label the events. Our own mind can heal or hurt us; awareness is the path to manage our ocean of emotion. Awareness is being present without labeling, criticizing, or judging.

The most common reaction to the good things that happen in life is to try to hold on,

hold on tighter, making every effort to have that good stay and wall out the bad stuff.

Try as we may, we dont want anything bad to happen to us; whatever badis! And-

if that bad thing does happen, well say: This is a very bad, horrible, terrible thing!

Rather than, suspending judgement and saying to yourself: This is interesting…could be bad, could be good.

In the teaching tale, Zen Shorts: The Farmers Luck, the story reveals the assumptions

of what the neighbors call bad luckor good luckturns out to be the opposite. Through various experiences, the farmer resists the temptation to agree with his neighborsopinions. For example, his son falls off a horse and breaks his leg, everyone says, thats too bad, bad luck! But, in fact, a few days later when the soldiers come to their village to take able-bodied young men off to war, his son is passed over because he has a broken leg!

Can we be both present to the experiences of our lives while, at the same time, being non-judgmental, accepting and curious?

Can we learn to see them, be with the experience without trying to push it away? Can we allow ourselves to feel difficult feelings, rest in it and be?

And if it is a happy, welcomed event, can you learn that kissing joyas she flies by is a wonderful way to play with your imagination, tapping your inner resources in order to be present, notice, enjoy it but not become attached to it? Kiss it and let it go.

And then can you practice, with this same awareness, to be present and notice when something seems awful? Can you practice watching your feelings of sadness without getting lost in them?

Like gathering, collecting all life experiences, noticing the contrast like the many shades of green in nature’s landscape?

Say to yourself: As I use all my senses to take note and savor,

I am present and open to all the feelings in my life.

The practice of kissing joyis an opportunity to become aware of how you can direct your mind to focus- without judging, without making a strong, negative opinion; but rather, just noticing and collecting.

Making a collecting basket, is a tangible way to practice this idea and internalize it for yourself and your child. Say to yourself, Today, as I am filling my basket with the little things in lifegood or bad, happy or sad. I am noticing and collecting with awareness, gentleness and gratitude.

So fill your basket, as you expand your awareness.

Say to yourself; Im feeling the warm breeze on my face or

Im hearing a song that makes me cry

Imagine putting it all in your basket for the day.

Throughout your day, you may want to place in your basket objects like a special photograph or the penny you found on the ground.

At the end of your day, the contents can be taken out and reflected upon as a form of

awareness practice. Be gentle with yourself.

Then you can begin all over again the next day. Empty out the contents; let go of the previous day to make room for the new, the now, of today.

As in the ancient mediative tradition, keep your basket empty. When you do, it becomes a practice of taking in, breathing, watching, and recognizing the every day passing events–likekissing joy lightly, not tightly!

As joy flies by as youre on your way

Give it a kiss and go on with your day.

Embrace the fullness of all that you feel

Welcoming everything-keep even your keel!

Wisdom runs deepest, your open heart knows

To gather the highs, as well as the lows

Kissing joyinstead of holding too tight

Offers the lesson: theres no wrong, no right.

How To Make A
Kissing Joy Cornucopia

As I gather, reflect and release the bits and pieces of my day

I feel peace, kiss joy and gratitude experienced on my way!”

  1. Take this sheet of paper and decorate the blank side on back (or both sides if you wish) with crayons, markers or anything else that make it special and unique to you.

  1. Start at the bottom right corner of this page (with the text side facing up) and begin rolling the sheet on a diagonal from bottom right to top left.

  1. As you roll the paper and the top fans out into an open cone, keep the left bottom corner of the page in a tight point.

  1. Secure the long outside edge of the paper with tape.

  1. Use the cornucopia as a holder of daily things for which you want to be mindful and give thanks. You can place actual objects such as a a shell, acorn, leaf, or coin as well as pieces of paper on which are drawn or written personal experiences such as “walking through crunchy leaves on a sunny autumn day”, or “discovering a new ice cream flavor because the store was out of my usual favorite”. The idea is to take notice of gifts and opportunities in the ups and the downs, the highs and the lows, the rain and the rainbow.

  1. Once collected, take time at the end of your day to look at your cornucopia and its contents and reflect back on the simple things that reveal themselves to us each and every ordinary day and the blessings they hold. Each day gives us new opportunities to discover and explore joy.

Why Teaching “Thoughtmanship” is important as Penmanship

“As the school season kicks off, Dr. Roxie reminds us that just as we would
teach our children the art of penmanship, first letters then words and

we must also teach our children the art of “thoughtmanship.”

Before you speak, think about your message- whether it is self-talk or

to others, be deliberate with your thoughts and words. Because your
thoughts are carried by your words. And your words generate the energy of
your intention. Your energy can be felt, it goes in front of you when
entering a room.

Dr. Roxie’s guided imagery relaxation audios teach you and your child how
to foster powerful “thoughtmanship”- here’s a sample Mp3 perfect for
broadcasting. She uses metaphors, music, nature sounds and children’s
laughter as well as her own soothing voice to guide the listener with
rhythm and rhyme to imagine.

“…you can do it, you can make a pearl from a grain of sand in the magic
of now all things are possible, in the magic of the moment in this one and
this one too… you can turn your pesky thoughts around and create
something new. You can make a difference, you can make yourself feel
better…Love yourself, believe you


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How to Calm Down an Out of Control Child

How to Calm Down an Out of Control Child
When your child acts out do you say, “Go to your room and relax” only to find a few minutes later that your child is jumping on the bed or throwing things? Dr. Roxanne, a renowned clinician, leader, and pioneer in health psychology, has solutions for parents to help transform their children from out of control and inconsolable to calm. Learn how moving your energy is essential to transforming your child’s behavior. According to mind/body research, both positive and negative life events create symptoms of stress. Fortunately, there is a powerful form of mind/body medicine helping children and adults alike; harness your inner energies and learn to wield and direct them! Call for a free private telephone consultation.