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“A Power Greater Than Ourselves Could Restore Us …”

On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, My Mind My Health hosted by Dr. Vernon Barksdale for Voice America satellite radio airs episode 7 entitled, “A Power Greater Than Ourselves Could Restore Us …” with special guest Chana Carro.

That famous phrase from the 12-step program has been adapted to many different addictive or compulsive behaviors worldwide.  So, how do you get that belief?  And what makes it so ubiquitous that different cultures, people of no faith and those of deep religious belief get the connection to the Higher Power?  Is there something within us all just waiting to be discovered?  Is there a difference between religion and spirituality?  Why is abuse of drugs and alcohol such a spiritual corruptor?  If the mind is such a powerful interface between body and the higher self, why isn’t appropriate use of will enough to handle the problem? Dr. Barksdale’s listeners have been exploring some of the unique aspects of mind with healing and the role of access to the transcendent self to promote wellness. Dr. Barksdale now turn his sights to drug and alcohol abuse. The week’s guest expert, Chana Carro, will shed some light on how spirituality and mind must work together to restore wellness from abuse/addiction across different cultures. 

About Ms. Carro
Chana Carro is a Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor with 24 years’ experience in the treatment of addiction.  Chana has a Masters degree in Social Work.  She is the former Executive Director of Outpatient Services at Seafield Center in Westhampton Beach, NY.  Chana’s post-graduate studies in the Anthropology Department at Arizona State University explored spirituality and addiction, with a special emphasis on addiction in the Jewish Community.  Chana was Associate Faculty at ASU and ASU West and has taught in the Graduate School of Social Work where she developed a specialty course entitled Faith Based Intervention in Social Work Practice.  She is particularly sensitive to the impact of addiction on the whole family system and her research has included work in the Religious Studies Department exploring spirituality as it is expressed in the Twelve Step model of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Dr. Vernon Barksdale Featured on Afriquecanada.TV

Vernon Barksdale, MD MPH CPI, was invited to participate in the Featured Speakers Series of the Today in Miracles show that is available to view online at The show is hosted by Mwila The Queen, and represents inspirational themes of life-changing messages.

As a practicing psychiatrist and clinical researcher, Dr. Barksdale speaks with Mwila about his theories of how spiritually oriented techniques can be used in response to stress, anxiety, psychiatric issues and other health disorders. Using techniques that he developed with his wife, Louise Taber Barksdale, MD FACP, Dr. Barksdale shares how health promoting activities such as meditation can counter the effects of stress and other disorders than can cause damage to brain tissues.

Medical science proves that depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other major psychiatric illness, as well as diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes have causation components that are stress-related, and can lead to destruction of brain tissue. But with mindfulness meditation techniques and practice, improvement can be seen in the brain tissue that has been affected by these significant stressors. Mindfulness meditation has also been shown to improve sense of well being and manage chronic disease.

The Successful Living Series is a collection of specially designed meditation trainings for improving deep relaxation meditation ability to promote better physical, mental and spiritual health. In particular, the Successful Living Series promotes theta level meditation techniques utilizing alternating tones.

3 As 1 Announces Our New Title in the Successful Living Series Guided Meditation CD Collection: The Spiritual Mind Enhancer

3 As 1 Productions is pleased to announce the newest guided meditation CD in our Successful Living Series. The Spiritual Mind Enhancer provides training meditation to enhance inner perception and awareness of your spiritual mind. The three tracks are designed as meditation exercises that promote brain entrainment to heighten your spiritual well being while attaining the deeper theta and delta levels of meditation.

With guided meditation practice, you can maintain awareness at this deeper level of mind, while heightening sensory modalities used for communication and perception: visualization, emotion, and awareness of spiritual energy. The tones are alternating to keep the left and right brain engaged throughout. The entrainment rhythm helps to maintain brain function at the slower theta frequency, allowing you to ascend deeply into the inner world you create.

The Spiritual Mind Enhancer is immediately available for MP3 download from the website.

The CD version of The Spiritual Mind Enhancer will be available beginning in July 2010 when Vernon Barksdale, MD, MPH, CPI leads a workshop at the Integral Human Sciences (IIIHS) and Spiritual Science Fellowship of Canada (SSF) 35th Annual International Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Dr. Vernon Barksdale Invited to Speak at SSF-IIIHS International Conference

Vernon Barksdale, MD, MPH, CPI, will be a presenter at the International Institute of Integral Human Sciences (IIIHS) and Spiritual Science Fellowship of Canada (SSF) 35th Annual International Conference in Quebec, Canada, July 2 – 11, 2010.  Dr. Barksdale’s forum will cover, “Medical Meditation: Research, Benefits, and Strategies for Accessing Higher Consciousness.”  With more than 30 years studying, researching, and practicing medicine and metaphysics, he couples the clinical strengths of cognitive behavioral sciences and research in healing together with metaphysical science to bridge the interface between the human physiological aspects of mind and the spiritual aspects of mind and being.

In addition to speaking and leading workshop sessions at 2010 IIIHS 35th Annual International Conference, Dr. Barksdale will have his acclaimed medical meditation CDs available:  the Successful Living Series, which includes the titles Day Creator and Blessed Union, a collaboration with Dr. Louise Taber Barksdale.

Both Barksdale and Taber Barksdale will be available to answer questions and speak with conference guests about the benefits of medical mediation, couples meditation, and the deep relaxation mediation that bring about higher states of consciousness and spiritual inner awareness.