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About meKaren Zalubowski Stryker earned five college degrees: two in education, psychology, computer science and art; and seven teaching endorsements; and taught grades K-12, most of the time in the high school.

Karen's additional careers were systems analyst, co-owner of RV, Tent and Cabin Resort, and co-owner of the first video store west of the Mississippi.

Karen is a writer, poet, painter, silversmith, home builder and creator of large tile murals. She hikes, does art shows, and has traveled in many countries She has lots of stories to tell of her backpacking, hosteling adventures and living with families in some of the 42 countries she has traveled to.

Jessica "Crossroads" says it’s short but has a TON of info! Have you asked yourself lately, "Who am I in relation to the rest of the world?" and "What was my most precious moment today?" If you haven't asked yourself these questions than this book is for you.

So what is STT? It is a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) technique, a form of meditation, which involves focusing one's attention on sensations, feelings, and state of mind. She goes into state that technology has advanced in a way that we are more materialistic rather than pursuing our needs for love, balance, and becoming centered individuals.

However after reading this book I believe I will change by spending more time with my children. Ok so I LOVE this book. She goes well beyond what a book just over 100 pages should be able to go through. If you want to bring more balance into your life then this book is SO for you!

Anne B. from Readers Favorite says, STT is to relieve stress by taking two breaks a day, of 15-50 minutes, to meditate. It is suggested that the employer or teacher prepares specific areas and times for the employee or student to sit and contemplate.

Ms Stryker continues by expanding on the topic, explaining the importance of attitudes and showing how meditation assists the body in healing.

The concept has positive benefits that should be at least discussed by institutions. There is much more in this book than I can address in this review. Ms Stryker's book is interesting, well-organized and easy to read.
Linda O’s Book Review says, I was amazed by the breadth and scope of the information and references contained in it. For a small book it packs in a lot of content. Very impressive work.

The first half of the book extolls the need for and benefits of a meditative practice. Brief references to many disciplines may encourage one to investigate further via the references provided. The second half contains a "cookbook" for an STT meditative practice to be used with young people and another for adults. The practices include physical and mental components. Numerous suggestions are provided for thought and action.

There is a lot of thought provoking content in this little book. The building blocks are here to establish a successful and meaningful SST practice. The book is well worth reading. It is impressive for the breadth of its content.

It definitely encourages and supports establishing some quiet think time in our and our children's lives. Schools would be well served by adopting these suggestions and methods.
The ideas presented for implementing STT gives one a lot to work with. I like the artwork on the cover--very appealing and appropriate for the content.
SILENT THINK TIME (STT) guides us to daily positive thinking, breathing and physical exercises, ego release, body energy awareness, and shows you how to set up a STT room, as well as introspective questions, sayings, poems, and affirmations to stimulate emotionally balanced, polite, respectful, self-controlled, children and adults, whom understand their behaviors affects our inner-connectivity to everything.

ALL home, schools, work and counseling can benefit! By applying these lessons, you can help change the quality of our homes, education, workplaces, institutions and organizational systems. Technology has advanced thousands of times faster than our true understanding of ourselves. The result is a greedy, violent world filled with emotionally numb, chronically sleep-deprived, ill-fed, and imbalanced people.

SILENT THINK TIME can help you, as well as your spouse, children, students, coaches, clients, employees, veterans or inmates learn to behave in ways that are positively centered, emotionally balanced, peaceful, respectful, polite, self-controlled, patient, and understanding. Karen's goal is for everyone to do a daily body mental introspective tune-up, to re-center and self-heal ourselves; we give tune-ups to our cars 'why not to our body, mind and soul?'

Doing STT daily lessons will fuel a loving sensitivity toward others, serene composure, clearer thinking and a blissful enlightened mood. By reestablishing your intuitive self, STT keeps its practitioners positively motivated toward the correct pathways in life, through self-discipline, self-control and being in control of our own body healing.

If adults and children practiced STT in all aspects of our world, we could redirect our entire society "emotional firefly", constant strobe light, "noise chatter" motion. It would teach us the inter-connectivity and interdependency between all living things. We can master a life free from worries, doubts, fears, resentments, anger or shame, through physical and breathing exercises, and a positive mindset to lead us from restlessness to peace, desires to contentment, and ignorance to wisdom.

We can improve the quality of ourselves by doing STT 15+ minutes twice per day and by creating STT rooms in all areas of our daily lives: home, work, school, military, nursing homes, hospitals, and prisons, airports/bus/train terminals, in order to rebalance or re-center ourselves. Drawing on Eastern thought and diverse other practices, Stryker uses positive thinking, scientific body energy studies, breathing and physical exercise, Chi, chakras and quantum physics to orchestrate a period of daily "silent think time" that readers can use to survive the constant strobe lights and noisy chatter that surrounds us in our daily lives.

Practicing Stryker's silent think time techniques and refreshing oneself daily with "Will I Do This Today?", "What-If & Why?" questions, the poems, sayings and affirmations, she has included in her guide will help bring readers back into balance and more able to practice the self-discipline and self-control needed in a scattered "emotional-firefly", "me-only" world such as ours. By doing STT one can take control of their own body, mind and spirit healing, and will fuel a loving sensitivity toward others, secure composure, clear thinking, and will aid in reestablishing our intuitive self.

STT also talks about Schuman's resonance: our changing earths vibrational frequency, sound and music and self-healing, "entraining" music vs higher IQ music, STT and our brain, "I will-I won't-I want", alcoholic brain studies, "living in time", reflective listening, and positive vs negative words in our vocabulary.
STT is a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) technique, a form of meditation, which involves focusing one's attention on sensations, feelings and state of mind. This activity has been shown to reduce harmful stress hormones. In one study, researchers took MRI scans of the brains of people who had participated in meditation for eight weeks. The density of the gray matter in the hippocampus increased significantly compared with the control group.

All teachers, counselors, parents, coaches, business human resource departments, military veterans, prisons, hospitals and nursing homes can benefit from this book. For all of these groups, doing positive "SILENT THINK TIME" (STT) once or twice daily will raise morals, virtues, and brain functioning, and will help everyone who participates to develop the full potential of human consciousness.

Ideally, we should set up STT rooms in all areas of our everyday lives: home, work, school, nursing homes, hospitals, prisons, airports, and bus or train terminals. In STT rooms, everyone in your home, school or these other places can re-center and balance their energies several times daily. You can help change the quality of our educational system, your family and work attitudes by doing your part to have STT rooms and lessons implemented!

Do you want your students, family, clients, employees or inmates to behave in ways that are positively centered, emotionally balanced, cheerful, kind, respectful, polite, self-controlled, patient, understanding, wise and peaceful?

The ideas presented here can also improve creativity and academic performance; reduce the effects of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other learning disorders; and help people deal with anxiety, depression and substance abuse.

Practicing STT can help alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder in children or adults who have experienced any type of violent acts.

Technology has advanced thousands of times faster than our true understanding of ourselves and our ability to be self-controlled and self-disciplined. Materialistic items have taken precedence over pursuing our true needs for love, balance and becoming respectful, cooperative individuals.

As STT students or as meditators learn to silence the chatter of their minds, reducing the extraneous mental and emotional "noise clutter," we notice they become easier persons to be around because they seem steady, imperturbable and more balanced than others.
Children pay a big price for living in this world of sensory and informational overload. The Internet, videos, iPods, TV and all the rest have turned our young emotionally numb. They create an amplified artificial support crutch, enabling youngsters to hide their pain, rather than communicating to those in their true support system: the families and relatives who love them unconditionally.

Kids' TV cartoons cause children to be in constant strobe light motion, like "emotional fireflies," thus losing their emotional connections, balance, and knowledge of values, compassion, understanding and concentration. Children under the spell of these frantic, quick-changing video images and loud, wild characters are unable to focus calmly and positively on life's really important matters: family and friends.

By applying STT lessons and positive thinking, we can teach our children to refocus and concentrate on their attitudes and behaviors with serene composure, thereby improving their virtues and morals. If schools would incorporate this philosophy and lessons in all grades, they could help children correct their negative behaviors and have sympathy and respect for others, with a mental mindset of courage, discipline and confidence.

A few examples from the Chapters and questions from, K-12 STUDENTS' EARLY MORNING LESSONS AND EXERCISES. It leads into energization exercises, head down on the desk relaxation, dimming their five senses, followed by self-introspection exercises, and sharing the lesson results.

If you could go into the future or the past or both for an hour, what would you like to accomplish?

If you knew you would live 100 years longer, what would you try to accomplish?

If you were going to be blind in one month what would you want to see before it happens? What if you could not feel your touch? Taste? Hear? Smell? How would you react?

What if you took a pill and shrank to be 5 inches tall? What would you be afraid of? What could you do that other humans could not do?

Here are a few examples that delves into ego and negative thought release exercises, introspective thoughts, imagine gathering chi energies while exercising, breathing exercises, and quietly watching your thoughts exercises.

If you woke up being in charge of millions of restless people, what policies and goals would you establish first? How would you coordinate, organize and apply your concepts?

If you were a rescuer after a large disastrous earthquake, how would you be sympathetic to the needs of everyone around? What would you do first? Would you play the role of a teacher, clergy member, doctor, nurse, social worker or salesperson?

What is most important to you now: family happiness, economic security, freedom, adventure, achievement, recognition or health?


Be aware of your shortcomings or weaknesses and overcome them with your strengths

Walk away from gossip or envious insults that were reinforcing others' egos

Try not to have attachments to material items, people, situations, bad habits

Let your ego feel itself in others through practical sympathy

Every day we are given stones. But what do we build? Is it a bridge or a wall?

Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That is where the fruit is.

When fate shuts the door come in through the window.

He who cannot forgive others destroys the bridge over which he himself must pass.

Do we truly share with others, or are we thinking only of our own desires, attachments, emotions and thoughts? Every situation is an opportunity to share. When we are consumed with our own thoughts, ideas, opinions and emotions, we simply cannot see all the numerous opportunities to share. When we project our own ideas onto people, we draw conclusions about others and don't give them the space or freedom to change or be seen for who they are. If they do change, we do not see it. We only see our projection, not the person.

A quiet spacious mind looks like death to the little mind. By sitting in a stable way, like a solid rock, we become more centered, not fixed on our ideas or opinions, but more flexible, fluid, yet strong -- like a tree that can bend when hit by wind and rain.

The more undeveloped the intuition is, the more distorted the ego image will be by this false identity, delusions and chaotic existence of error. Therefore ask in STT to direct your intuition so that you should know what to do about your problems.
Your thoughts, mind, body and self are only concepts. Thoughts are a measurement comparing the past, present and future. Thought consists of memories of the past which is already gone. You cannot control it so you try to control the future, which is unpredictable, so you suffer from trying to maintain this impossible control.

People are not afraid of the unknown; they are afraid of losing the known. When you see everything as a game, with opposites always played out on our conscious screen of drama, and you accept it, life is so simple then. You must accept "what is," then love can exist. Life is a mystery never to be solved, so stop trying to control the past, future and present.

Universal Acknowledgements lists many factual statements that are understood throughout the world. These scientific acknowledgements state the extreme importance of the interconnectivity between our attitudes and the well-being of our bodies. They also show how vibrational frequencies affect our chakra Chi energy flows through our spine, brain and outer auric fields; how yoga and meditation can unclog our energy flows by activating the glands in our bodies, therefore healing us.
By keeping a correct mind, body and soul balance, we can alert our mind's sixth sense and intuition, thus allowing us to heal ourselves and have the ability to embrace ourselves for who we are.
Animals have a sixth sense and intuition better than ours. As humans get older, we lose that ability to sense things that are not perceived by our five senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Children's simplistic, realistic, intuitive sixth sense abilities are better than those of adults. We need to wake up and improve our faded, sleeping, positive, creative, intuitive sixth sense.

How do birds know when to fly south? How do whales and porpoises know when to migrate in the oceans? How do salmon know when to go hundreds of miles to the ocean only to return to their rivers to spawn before they die? Restless horses and snakes are used in China to predict earthquakes. Bees will eventually replace drug-sniffing dogs (ref. 1). How do ants perform their function and remain loyal and cooperative in their massive numbers?

Why is it that we often are better able to show our true feelings to our dogs and cats than to our own family members, friends, neighbors and work acquaintances? This is not healthy for human and harmonic connectivity throughout our earth.

Dinosaurs lived hundreds of millions of years on earth but we humans have only been here a few thousand years. As smart as our brains are at producing technology, we will self-destruct by not having a balance among our intellects, our emotions and our intuitive sixth sense.

Worldwide, some people use self-controlled willpower to predict events, and discover extra powers by focusing their energies to gather information. Are these premonitions like a sixth sense intuition? Can we develop this willpower in a positive manner to help our society by changing our own thinking?

Have you noticed how there are more positive words in our vocabulary than negative words? Why is it we use more negative words daily than positive words?

Daily physical exercise is important just as is nurturing the "body electric," also known as the aura, through outdoor activities, meditation, yoga, dance, listening to good music, resolving mental conflicts, grounding yourself by connecting with the earth, massage or acupuncture. All of these exercises help us discharge high levels of electrosmog, the invisible electromagnetic radiation resulting from the use of wireless technology and electricity.
Electrosmog is thought to be responsible for a condition known as electrosensitivity (ES) or electrohypersensitivity (EHS), which can cause headaches, disruptive sleep patterns, chronic fatigue and other symptoms.
We know that the earth's magnetic field is related to the earth's rotating molten core. The thought sphere of the human mind is located in the earth's magnetic field, which has been weakened dramatically over the last ten years.

In physics there is a parameter called Schumann's resonance, which refers to the earth's vibrational frequency. For more than a century, this frequency was measured as 7.80 cycles per second. Since 1987, the frequency has been rising and is now 11 cycles per second and is continuing to increase dramatically. By the end of 2012 it is likely to be 13 cycles per second. Currently, we have a lot of energy "noise clutter" influencing vibrational frequencies, which is upsetting our weather patterns.

We have learned that Reiki healing, which is similar to STT positive thinking, can detoxify, cleanse and harmonize the body in a holistic and biological healing process. By focusing on the ailing body part we can heal it through vibratory thought patterns transmitted to our brains, like radio waves. The affected part of the body can receive these radiolike waves in order to heal any ailments.

All electron matter generates electrical and electromagnetic energy fields, same as our auras, at a precise frequency, which affect everyone and everything. People with disease and negative emotional states have lower frequencies, for example, a frequency of 100-250. On the other hand, people with higher vibration or harmonic resonance have the energy of unconditional love or the divine energy; their frequencies are 350-400.

Ancient tonal hymns for DNA repair used certain frequencies for spiritual awakening and transformation of the chakras. These original sound frequencies were apparently used in ancient chants, such as the hymn to St. John the Baptist, which had the power to penetrate into the subconscious mind. Our modern-day musical scale (the note A equals 440 Hertz [Hz]) is slightly out of sync with the original solfeggio frequencies.
Notice how each of the six solfeggio frequencies corresponds not only to a note on the tonal scale, but to a cycle per second Hz frequency number, to a specific color, and ultimately to a particular chakra in the body. This is additional proof of why it is so important to keep ourselves centered and balanced, after being saturated in white noise and electrical junk during our day.
Willpower can be strengthened like a muscle through psychic calisthenics.
"Our brains operate on three levels: I will, I won't, and I want," says psychologist Kelly McGonigal, author of The Willpower Instinct and professor at Stanford University. "For many of us, the I-want part wins." Addictions to drugs, alcohol, hoarding or behaviors like gambling are wrecking many lives.

"Willpower can be trainable and cultivated," according to Roy Baumeister, a psychologist at Florida State University who wrote a book called Willpower. He states that the brain evolved from the back to the front; the back is the wanting part and the front is the restraining part. Through use of STT and meditation on the pineal and pituitary gland areas, we can turn off the switch of I-wants.
Dr. Eugene Peniston of the V.A. Medical Center in Fort Lyon, Colorado, and Dr. Paul Kulkosky at the University of Southern Colorado, conducted sophisticated biofeedback research on this topic. According to their studies, chronic alcoholics and children of alcoholics often have less alpha brainwave activity than non-alcoholic individuals. This finding suggests that a deficiency of alpha and theta brainwaves predisposes an individual to the development of alcoholism or other substance abuse.

Much of our music is intended to stimulate rather than to relax. Its physiological effect is to dominate and override the natural rhythm of the heart by "entraining" it to the rhythm of the beat. In physics entraining is the process whereby two objects, vibrating at different speeds when they are separated, start to vibrate at the same speed when they are brought close to each other or connected by some form of energy exchange.

Dr. Hans Selye and Dr. Norman Cousins from the Sixth International Montreux Congress on Stress lecture; states music affects the electromagnetic field characteristics of the membrane of a cell. We now know that every cell in our bodies is affected by the sounds of music. We resonate physically; and our blood pressure, basal metabolism and brain beta waves denote stress from music.

By bringing appropriate music and sounds into our life, we can keep our physical and psychological being in tune. You can actually assist your cells and organs to relax and renew themselves.

We need to be "living in time" in order to experience present moment awareness and allow all suppressed inner imbalanced feelings to surface. It is our willingness to become aware of our imbalances that restores balance to the quality of our experience. Being addicted to constant gratification, we leapfrog past the present moment into plotting our next acquisition, always running ahead of ourselves, ignoring the flow of life. Our unconscious addiction to the mental habit of "living in time" is an attempt to escape the discomfort within our emotional body.

Being in the presence of now requires abundant oxytocin (the love, open-heartedness and gratitude hormone); sufficient dopamine (an important mid-brain neurotransmitter needed to feel vibrant, focused, with good concentration); and low levels of cortisol (the stress hormone that keeps our feelings balanced and our ability to embrace ourselves for who we are).
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