Grounding With Your Paleo Dog!

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Grounding, is a new buzz word for many of us who have learned the importance of connecting with Mother Earth. But have we thought much about the importance of grounding to our companion dogs? In a new book entitled, PALEO … Continue reading

Co-creating a New Humanity: Men and Women Healing the World in Parntership


The painting FEMME Women Healing the World by Nazim Artist Femme: Women Healing the World is a new award winning documentary film directed by Emmanuel Itier which my husband Nazim Artist and I produced. I am also a featured speaker … Continue reading

Join me at this @Tugginc screening of Femme in Sacramento CA!

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Please join Nazim and me along with our film’s director Emmanuel Itier and fellow producer Margie Yee Webb at this @Tugginc screening of Femme in Sacramento CA, December 5, 2013! We are hoping to be able to display this magnificent … Continue reading

Will you help me in my personal cancer recovery journey?


Greetings, As you can see by the smile on my face in the photo below I am overjoyed to have the BEMER in Nazim’s and my paradigm which we call the Art of Wellness Collection.  I had no idea when … Continue reading

FEMME Goes Global

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By Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D A new award winning, documentary film, entitled FEMME: Women Healing the World, directed by Emmanuel Itier and executive produced by Sharon Stone, has recently opened in Los Angeles and New York City and is also being streamed … Continue reading

Presenting FEMME: Women Healing the World, a documentary film by Emmanuel Itier

Producer Celeste Yarnall with Femme’s Director/creator Emmanuel Itier

Producer Celeste Yarnall with Femme’s Director/creator Emmanuel Itier

The directors cut of FEMME – Women Healing the World, directed by Emmanuel Itier is currently being screened at various film festivals across the county. Nazim and I are so proud to be among the producers of this amazing film. I am honored to be interviewed and Nazim is over the moon to have 8 of his paintings included, as well.

One of Nazim Artist’s 8 paintings featured in FEMME

One of Nazim Artist’s 8 paintings featured in FEMME

For the last three years, director/producer Emmanuel Itier has been interviewing women around the globe about the state of the world and what we can do to save our planet and life as we know it. The consensus is that men and women need to use both the masculine and feminine sides of their natures and work together to shift the world towards a more balanced ethos.

FEMME is a daring undertaking, executive produced by Sharon Stone, that starts with the Goddess cultures and traces how the loss of the Sacred Feminine, the diminishment of women, the rise of patriarchy and the development of capitalism have affected our planet. It concludes that now is the time for women to step up and guide the way toward a world of caring economics that benefits everyone on the planet, not just men or a select group of elites.

Included are interviews with visionaries and scholars such as Jean Shinoda Bolen, Jean Houston, Marianne Williamson, Riane Eisler, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, yogi Seane Corn, Rickie Lee Jones, shaman Sandra Ingerman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Shirin Ebadi, Mairead Maguide, Jody Williams, Celeste Yarnall, Barbara Lazaroff, Carole Wells, T.S. Wiley , Sharon Stone and many more.

FEMME was a huge success at the Awareness film festival and received a standing ovation by 800 women at a women’s conference in Aruba. Next screenings for FEMME  for the Spring 2013 season will be Palm Beach then Bermuda then Santa Barbara for a special U.N Association sponsored screening!

Watch the trailer for FEMME!

Please contact me for possible screening opportunities.

Femme: Women Healing the World, a documentary film by Emmanuel Itier

Femme: Women Healing the World, a documentary film by Emmanuel Itier

Is Kindness the Key to Happiness and Acceptance for Children?

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I’d like to thank everyone for reading my Celestial Musings Blog this year and want to wish you all a very happy New Years. It’s wonderful to be able to pause and reflect, or as I like to say ‘muse’ a bit on … Continue reading

The Health Benefits of Smiling!

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“Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
~ Mother Teresa

It’s so easy in our everyday lives to become consumed by all all the things we have to do, as well as the financial pressures we must endure when money is tight. Feeling down and negative about it all, from time to time strikes all of us, but even when you feel your own stress building up inside you, did you know that perhaps the very best thing you can do is put on a happy face? Yes, even if it means you have to force a phoney smile.

“Peace begins with a smile.”
~ Mother Teresa

It has been said that a photograph or the on camera face of a wholesome female model or actress (perhaps actor), looking right into the camera induces people to buy products–so we know advertisers know the power of a smile! We all inherently know the power of a smile too! We feel good whilst smiling and we feel good when we are smiled at.

Recently however, we find that the simple, natural act of smiling actually helps our health by lowering our heart rate and relieving our stress levels.

An interesting study, took place at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, required participants to hold a variety of facial expressions while enduring stress-provoking situations. The researchers recruited 169 college-age volunteers, of whom half were men and half were women. They were provided with chopsticks and taught to hold them in their mouths while making certain facial expressions. They produced a neutral look, a smile that only involved the mouth, and a Duchenne smile, which is more of a true smile that requires activity in muscles of both the mouth and the eyes. To half of the subjects, the suggestion was made that the Duchnenne smile was to be made like a smile. The other half was simply directed on the muscular action needed.

The entire group of participants were told they would be multi-tasking while holding the chopsticks in their mouths and keeping a particular expression on their faces. The tasks they needed to perform were designed to be difficult and therefore heighten their stress levels. For instance, the volunteers were made to trace a star shape using their non-dominant hand working off a mirror reflection or plunging a hand into ice water (not something we usually would want to smile about).

The researchers monitored the heart rates of the subjects both during and after the tasks. The smilers had lower heart rates than those wearing neutral expressions. The greatest difference was found in those who executed a Duchenne smile that is most similar to a true smile. However, even the participants who formed a smile with their mouths only had lower heart rates than those keeping a neutral face, suggesting that any sort of grin–even a completely fake smile–can be beneficial.

Researchers know today that we produce greater quantities of both adrenaline and cortisol when undergoing stress. This “fight or flight” or as I add even faint reaction, increases the heart rate and affects blood flow to ensure the vital organs of the core of the body are receiving their fair share at the expense of the extremities. Therefore, having a lower heart rate means we are not feeling or reacting to the stress nearly as much.

According to the results of this study, smiling would appear to have some sort of calming effect. In fact, blood pressure rates were also noted to be lower in many of the smiling volunteers, but not all. Since the same hormones in the body that affect heart rate also increase blood pressure, it’s interesting that those results were not as consistent. The difference could possibly be due to high blood pressure being a long-term condition that develops over time and is affected by overeating and other poor health habits, whereas a quickened heart rate is generally short term. Then again, in some people the higher blood pressure could have been the result of hardened arteries, which would not have changed no matter how much one smiled.

Earlier research about smiling has produced mixed results. A 2011 study at Michigan State University in East Lansing found that people who had to be polite all day at work and produce fake smiles ended up with overall worse moods than others. Yet, when those same subjects were told to conjure their smiles based on happy thoughts, both their moods and their productivity levels increased.

Most of us have heard that when we smile we release a chemical message deep within our brain known as an Endorphin. Once released these Endorphins travel down our spine sending feel good messages throughout the rest of our body.

These Endorphins are known to be strong enough to reduce symptoms of physical, or emotional pain, as they
envelop us in a nice warm feeling of well being. They are a chemical of approximately the same strength as another pharmaceutical chemical that we all know of known as Morphine.

Endorphins have that wonderful ability to make us feel happy, and whenever we all smile, we release them. So even if you are not happy when you begin to smile, you will be afterwards, and the more often that you smile then the happier you will feel!

I think, since it costs us nothing to smile and I know I feel better when I do then why not smile as often as possible. If the first thing we would do when faced with stressful people or situations was smile we might unnerve them to such a degree that we neutralize the stressful event right in its tracks. This might even turn into a giggle or full on laugh fest.

It’s nice to see that this has been the subject of scientific scrutiny but, If you think about it, there really is no downside to smiling. It’s time to be proud of our laugh lines which I think are far better than frown lines. And besides stress is very dangerous for all of us: to our mental status, physical health, and overall well-being, it even upsets our companion animals, so for their sake, smile!

A smile may not be a ‘cure all’ but it certainly seems to help us get through all that is going on in the world, or even some of the problems in our own life. It would truly be great if we could truly lower or normalize our heart rate and stress level even if just by a tiny bit; it’s certainly a start.

The act of smiling at or with the one you love can keep you both in the most healthful stage of all known as the honeymoon stage of a loving relationship!


I’ll take smiling over taking blood pressure or anti-anxiety medication or developing a stress-induced ailment. It’s worth remembering that smiling is contagious and you have the power to make other people smile, and you can do this by simply passing your smile on to others.

Let’s starting spreading smiles because they might just turn to all out laughter, just like what happened to these folks on a German train before everyone knew it, everyone was laughing!

It all starts with a smile!

Photo’s of Celeste Yarnall and Nazim Artist by Alan Mercer


“Mistletoe might be the Kiss of Death to Cancer!”

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By Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D According to ScienceDaily, Nov. 30, 2012 — It seems that the age old traditional Christmas decoration, Mistletoe has the potential to play a vital role as an alternative therapy for sufferers of colon cancer. But long ago mistletoe … Continue reading

The Art of Wellness Collection Presents Home Business Opportunities!


“It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.” — Jim Rohn It is very important today to hold a vision in your minds eye as to the type … Continue reading