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Being of Service, An Excerpt from Practical Enlightenment

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Being of Service, An Excerpt from Practical Enlightenment


Being of Service, an Excerpt from Practical Enlightenment
by Ariel & Shya Kane

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” – Albert Schweitzer

Laurie showed up with a spring in her step and a noticeably lighter demeanor. There had been a festival in town and she had taken part. In actuality, she had seen little of the entertainment, nor had she partaken of the rides and activities. Instead, she was “in charge of beans.” The gathering was a community outreach project produced by her church and she had spent the day at the outdoor barbecue serving beans. We could tell that she came away well-fed.

There are infinite possibilities for service. In your own community there are bound to be plenty of pre-existing avenues or you can create some of your own. Throughout the world there is a grass roots movement to create Say YES to Your Life! Meetups where people volunteer to lead evenings dedicated to sharing their own experience of Practical Enlightenment, in effect giving it away so that others can have the experience for themselves. The producer of our Internet radio show Being Here has selflessly volunteered her time since 2007, making it possible for millions of people to have a taste of Instantaneous Transformation. Teams of volunteers in our transformational community set up our course rooms and manage supplies in order to support others in discovering what is possible for them.

If you want to experience true happiness and well-being in a sustained manner, there comes a time when you must take your attention off your own survival and getting somewhere, and discover how to take care of others and the environment around you. The challenge is that most people think that if they take their attention off their own survival, they won’t get what they want or need in life.

Taking care of the people around you supports you in having a brilliant life. But you can’t take care of others to get ahead, or to achieve anything. It’s got to be a pure act of being of service – not for what you are going to get out of doing it. Here is an example of this as told by Shya:

There was a time, many years ago, when I was managing a group of volunteers at a workshop. As we prepared the room before the seminar participants arrived, there was a couple who were complaining that they had to be there. They had volunteered because, at the time they had agreed to come, somebody had told them that they would get a lot out of assisting (in being of service to others). So they were not assisting to assist, they were assisting to “get” something for what they did. They brought the same complaint they had about other areas of their lives to this project. So I suggested to them that they go home because they didn’t really want to be there. I’m sure that when they got home they didn’t really want to be there either.

It’s funny, when you have your attention on you and how you are doing, for the most part, you’re miserable. Being of service allows you to stop focusing on yourself and striving to get somewhere “better,” which is a gift. Since no two things can occupy the same you at the same time, being of service allows you to take your attention off you and the machinations of your mind. Your mind can never be satisfied. Whenever you achieve something or acquire something it automatically races off to want the next thing as if where you are and how you are being is not sufficient, as if you are not already perfect, just as you are. Again, it is all about being here and saying Yes to your life in this moment rather than getting somewhere. But if you take care of others in order to manipulate yourself to be happier or more fulfilled it won’t work because in reality, you still have attention on you and how you are doing – the mind is sneaky that way.


Do you have an impulse to volunteer, to step outside of yourself, to make a difference with others? It’s easy. Start where you are. Take a look at the things you are passionate about and share them. Take a look at what is going on in your life and know that you are a gift and share that. We have friends who encourage others to accompany them in a full spectrum of activities that they are interested in: “Join me in Hot Yoga,” (a great way to ensure that you will exercise, by the way.) “I’m doing a new nutritional program and I am really excited about it. Want to do it with me?” (A great way to spur yourself to keep to your word when dieting). “I found a new coffee bar and I am sure you will love it.” Or “I just heard an audio book that you should try.”

It’s OK to be excited about your life. It’s OK to be wildly enthusiastic about what you are up to. It’s also OK if you feel upset. Sometimes people mistakenly think that they have to be in a “good” mood or the “right” place to be fit to share themselves or give of themselves to others. Simply taking the attention off your story and how you are doing and giving of yourself pulls you into the moment. For if you resist where you are you get lost there. But if you include your current state as though it is perfect, leave it alone and move on, you are free.


Since 1987, internationally acclaimed authors, seminar leaders, radio show hosts and business consultants Ariel and Shya Kane have acted as guides, leading people through the swamp of the mind into the clarity and brilliance of the moment. Find out more about the Kanes, their seminars in NYC, in the UK, Germany and Costa Rica, the Say YES to Your Life! Meetups their work has inspired, their Being Here radio show or join their email newsletter. Also get information about their four award-winning books.  Their newest book, Practical Enlightenment, is now available on Amazon.com.

Kick Off

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Kick Off

Sandra Reich, Clinical Director

On Thursday, November 12th 2015, the leading Internet talk Radio Network VoiceAmerica™ will be launching a brand new show! The exciting new program will be hosted by the Clinical Director of The Montreal Center for Anxiety and Depression, Co- director of Empowered Women Workshops, Co-director of Anxiety Videos Sandra Reich. M.Ed.
Sandra also is a best-selling author of a #1 self-help book on relationships, (Once upon a Time- How Cinderella Grew Up & Became a Happy Empowered Woman), a TV & radio personality and a well-known expert on anxiety, family issues, relationships and much more.
STRAIGHT TALK with Sandra Reich will address everyday struggles such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, addiction, fears, phobias, and more! The mission statement for this show is to live your best life! Sandra will show you how to reach for the stars, and live the life you always wanted!
Sandra’s extraordinary ability in getting to the root of a problem and solving it efficiently has made her gift very sought out. She is known to be an expert in the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & “Life Strategy”.
Sandra has been fascinated with human nature since she was a small child. She has an astonishing talent for understanding people and the dances that they play out in life and love. The combination of her own real life application and her scientific knowledge make her a unique and special leader in the field.
The show description follows:
There are secrets to living your best life. We have control over our destinies if we are willing to accept responsibility and learn how to evolve to our highest levels. The sky is the limit if you can learn about your own traps, wounds and move beyond them. We don’t get a manual on parenting, romantic relationships, how to become successful or how to manage life.
Victimization, anxiety, depression, martyrdom and worse are the fall outs of not understanding your own role in your own life quality. Learn how you can really change your own life. Turn any darkness in your world into light. Master how you run your own “life movie” even during those tough moments. Become an expert at the dance of relationships. Reach for the stars and have the success in life and love that you always dreamt of.
Top Relationship, Parenting, Anxiety Expert and Best Selling Author Sandra Reich M.Ed. will give you the “straight talk” on strategies that will take your life from getting by, to living your dreams!
Don’t miss the debut episode of STRAIGHT TALK with Sandra Reich.
For her first show, Sandra will be interviewed by special guest and Wellness expert  Kirsten Eykel re Sandra’s journey  and also begin talking about one of the most common traps we often fall into- Caretaking. It is going to be an amazing hour of …Straight Talk!

Life Changes Made Easy, Part II

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Life Changes Made Easy, Part II


Many people muddle through life changes such as Menopause or Andropause (male Menopause) because the subject is so hush-hush. Join Ariel and Shya Kane and special guest Dr. Jed Kaminetsky, M.D., as they demystify the process of aging and answer questions you may have about the male body as it ages.

Listen Live this Wednesday, February 25th at 9am PST / 12pm EST on the VoiceAmerica 7th Wave Network. After this Wednesday, you can stream or download this episode and over 400 episodes on a wide variety of topics from our archives here.

You can also subscribe to BEING HERE on iTunes! Dr. Jed Kaminetsky, M.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor at New York University Medical Center and is a practicing urologist with University Urology Associates, one of the largest urologic practices in the New York City metropolitan area. Additionally, Dr. Kaminetsky is the Medical Director of Manhattan Medical Research, a state of the art multi-specialty clinical research site in Manhattan. He is a highly regarded urologist and skilled in treating all urologic disorders and performing minimally invasive prostate surgeries. Dr. Kaminetsky’s academic interests include the study of both male and female sexual dysfunction, which has led him to become a national and world thought leader.

Dr. Kaminetsky work has been published in several journals which led to a nationwide recognition and development of various treatment schemes for patients with sexual and erectile dysfunction, including the creation of Dream Cream, a topical formulation for the treatment of female sexual dysfunction. Moreover, Dr. Kaminetsky is an experienced principal investigator who participates in national research studies that explore pharmacologic and diagnostic techniques for various urologic disorders. He is currently conducting studies addressing premature ejaculation, ED, male and female sexual dysfunction, BPH, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, voiding dysfunction, and hypogonadism. He has been a Sub-Investigator on a multitude of various diseases, including Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Influenza, Crohn’s Disease, Psoriasis, Osteoarthritis, and Acne.

His hospital appointments include New York University Medical Center and New York Downtown Medical Center. Dr. Kaminetsky has been consulting for several pharmaceutical companies including Slate, Pfizer, Auxilium, Lilly, Glaxo Smith Kline and American Medical Systems. Visit Manhattan Medical Research to learn more about Dr. Kaminetsky’s work.

Margaret Moore Discusses Self-Care Through Self-Coaching While Managing Divorce

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Margaret Moore Discusses Self-Care Through Self-Coaching While Managing Divorce


How do you create a life that supports steady, consistent long lasting change that gets you to the life you know you can have? We are extending our self-care series and exploring the power of self-coaching to wellness Margaret Moore, also known as Coach Meg, founder of Wellcoaches Corporation and author of “Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain To Get More Done In Less Time” will teach us foundational principles to propel us on our path the life we long to live. This show is for everyone who is struggling with the feeling that they are getting two steps forward and then take 3 steps back. Those days when you may feel overwhelmed by the tasks related to your life crisis be that divorce, loss of a spouse, a health challenge or more. Self-coaching and understanding the methodology behind it will empower you to take your transformation into your own hands and move yourself ever forward.

Margaret Moore is is a 17-year veteran of the biotechnology industry in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and France. She served in executive roles at three companies which later joined Sanofi, and served as CEO and COO of two early stage biotech companies.

In 2000, Coach Meg shifted from high tech medicine to build the field of coaching in healthcare and wellness, and founded Wellcoaches Corporation – strategic partner of the American College of Sports Medicine, now a standard-bearer for professional coaches in healthcare and wellness. The Wellcoaches School of Coaching has trained more than 8,000 health and wellness coaches in 45 countries.

Margaret is co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and co- course director of the annual Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare conference offered by Harvard Medical School. Coach Meg is also the co-Author of the book Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life. Tune in for the latest episode and interview “Self Care Through Self Coaching: Creating a Method To Pushing Forward While You Are Immersed In The Madness of Your Life Challenge“at the program “The Mother Rising” airs live every Thursdays at 4 PM Pacific / 6 PM Central / 7 PM Eastern on The Voice America Empowerment Channel.


About Margaret Jacobson
Margaret Jacobson, MPA/HSA and Certified Wellness Coach also known as “The Mother Rising,” specializes in Divorce Wellness. Mother of 3 and thriving single Mom and Divorcée, Margaret has embraced her life challenge of divorce and has not only transformed her life through empowering herself but has created a shared path for others willing to do the same. Her background in neuroscience and studies in women’s spirituality allow her to tap into a deeper space that motivates behavior changes on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels of each person with whom she works. Margaret has a keen sense of practicality, a health dose of humor and a strong sense of what it takes to create clarity and peace. Her blogs both on her website and for YourTango are read weekly the world-over.

About Pamela Elaine Nichols
Pamela Elaine Nichols is a mother of four children who, like many mothers, put the wants and needs of others first and ignored her own. She designed a personal system to prioritize her needs and wants while effectively caring for her children. She teaches other mothers how to do the same. Pamela Elaine mixes her motherhood experiences, health care career, and life lessons to create unique “how-to” programs that lead mothers to create health and happiness in their lives. Through her business, Destined for Greatness Enterprises, Inc., Pamela Elaine inspires mothers with her expertise. Pamela Elaine is the author of the book , “Muddy High Heels: 14 Lessons in Breakdown, Breakup and Break Through” available to the public very soon. Additionally, she appeared as a guest on the Dr. Oz Show to share her story about building her business as a healthy way to bounce back from divorce.

Laurie Berkner Band to Appear on VoiceAmerica’s “Born to Be Breastfed” with Marie Biancuzzo

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Laurie Berkner Band to Appear on VoiceAmerica’s “Born to Be Breastfed” with Marie Biancuzzo

Mother Resting Head on Infant's Chest

Marie Biancuzzo, host of “Born to be Breastfed,” announced today that the popular children’s music group the Laurie Berkner Band, will be a guest on her new show “Sing Baby a Song (with the Laurie Berkner Band)“. The show airs from 6 PM to 7 PM ET on the VoiceAmerica Health & Wellness Channel, and it will be available as a free podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. Discussion will focus on children’s music and development.

“The episode is a departure from our usual ‘infant feeding’ focus,” explained Marie Biancuzzo. “but music can have a powerful effect on children’s health and wellness. Laurie and I will discuss her new album, Lullabies, and the role of music in children’s development. Plus, we’ll get to hear some of the songs from the new album.”

“We’ve had a number of excellent guest speakers on the show, but this is our first musical act,” Ms. Biancuzzo said. “It’s going to be a fun show!”

In conjunction with this show, “Born to be Breastfed” will have a CD giveaway from June 23rd through June 30th. Visit the radio show’s Facebook page for contest details and to enter for your chance to win!  Families are invited to tune in at 6 PM ET (3 PM PT) to the VoiceAmerica Health & Wellness channel. The show will also be available as a free podcast through iTunes and on Stitcher.

About Marie Biancuzzo
Marie Biancuzzo, RN, MS, IBCLC is an experienced breastfeeding professional who aims to cut through the misinformation, bust the myths, and help families figure out what science they can trust. A clinical nurse specialist and international board certified lactation consultant, Marie has more than 3 decades of experience in community and teaching hospitals, counseling mothers, and teaching health care providers. From the mother’s bedside to the university classroom to the international continuing education arena, Marie has honed her skills at helping listeners to clarify the facts empower the family. Author of two books and multiple articles, Marie is passionate about helping parents and providers to be good consumers of health care and scientific information. As the Director of Breastfeeding Outlook, Marie helps nurses and other breastfeeding educators learn what they need to know; through her private practice and this show, Marie helps families, too.

About Laurie Berkner
Laurie Berkner has been a professional musician since 1992, but her success as a children’s recording artist and innovator in the “kindie rock” genre was a surprise to her. “The more I started working on material for children,” she explains, “the more I realized that it opened up creativity in me that I never knew I had.” Laurie’s childhood in Princeton, NJ and her college time at Rutgers University was filled with musical activities, including choirs, bands, and musical theater. She worked as a children’s music specialist before becoming a recording artist. Her music was featured on the popular preschool show Jack’s Big Music Show. Laurie’s music is the focus of a short-form animated series Sing It, Laurie! Seven albums of music, four children’s books, and an off-Broadway musical called Wanda’s Monster round out her career to date. Her latest album, Lullabies, was released in May. The Laurie Berkner Band also includes Susie Lampert, Brady Rymer, and Bob Golden.

Every new mother hears that breast is best. Many decide to breastfeed so their baby has the best. But soon after birth, the days are often fraught with sleep deprivation and conflicting messages from peers, family members, and health care professionals. Later, negative messages from the media and critical comments from family members and others may trigger mothers to question their decision. Feelings of inadequacy, intimidation and societal pressure to wean can cause mothers to give up breastfeeding before meeting their goals. The aim of this show is to empower parents to overcome the barriers that keep them from beginning or continuing to breastfeed. Through discussion of hospital practices, milk supply, medications, returning to work, milk storage options, and more, this show will provide an informed and supportive voice for new families and established families, so that they can take charge of their breastfeeding experience from conception through weaning.

Healthy Eating Tips and Simple Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Weight Gain, Fatigue and Depression During the Holidays

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Healthy Eating Tips and Simple Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Weight Gain, Fatigue and Depression During the Holidays

How we can all set the right tone each day for success and the surefire tips to help you get through holidays without gaining weight or losing vitality.

Tune in for The Dr. Pat Show – Talk Radio to Thrive By! Thursday at 8 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel. Listen to her upcoming episode “Healthy Eating Tips and Simple Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Weight Gain, Fatigue and Depression During the Holidays.” You can also listen to past shows on demand at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1041/the-dr-pat-show-talk-radio-to-thrive-by

Guest Bio: Susan Smith Jones

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Susan Smith Jones, M.S., Ph.D. Even though she has three of America’s most ordinary names, has made extraordinary accomplishments in the fields of high-level wellness, optimal nutrition, anti-aging, balanced living, and human potential. A prolific writer, Susan has authored over 1,500 magazine articles on holistic health and over 25 books, including Recipes for Health Bliss, Be Healthy~Stay Balanced, Walking on Air and The Healing Power of NatureFoods. Susan travels internationally as a frequent guest on radio and TV talk shows and an in demand motivational speaker to community, corporate, and spiritual groups


What would you do if you knew that you could not fail? “The Dr. Pat Show” with Dr. Pat Baccili is a radio forum for some of the world’s most influential people in the fields of health, wellness, and human potential. Dr. Pat brings together and introduces visionary scientists and futurists, environmentalists, educators, business leaders, inventors, filmmakers, authors, artists, mystics and healers who inspire and support individual and collective growth, and positive cultural shifts. This award winning radio show empowers the listening community to be the change they want to see in the world. Tune in every Thursday at 8 am Pacific (11am Eastern) for “The Dr. Pat Show” with Dr. Pat Baccili – Radio to Thrive By.

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