It’s been two years since we finally found, cleaned up, remastered, and published Chuck Leviton’s guided imagery for each of the 12 Steps - the 12 Steps being the ingenious blueprint for substance use recovery that is at the heart of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and all the other AA programs that have helped millions of people around the globe.
It's hard to know what to say when there is so much chaos around us.
In the last 24 hours, I've felt shocked. Angry. Fearful.
Uncertain. In utter disbelief.
Chances are, you have, too, regardless of your political beliefs.
The unpredictability and change we experienced last year threw a lot of things into the air. Some we juggled with aplomb (maybe even surprising ourselves?), some we worked around, some we’re still waiting on to come back down...
But I’ll bet those muscles of flexibility and adaptation we’ve been exercising have resulted in some pretty noteworthy gains, especially when we look back through the lens of self-reflection —how did we handle such-and-such a challenge? What new ways did we find to get to a solution?
Posted: December 28, 2020
Hey there, hi there, Happy New Year!
What a year! We had it all — the good, the bad, the inspired and the ugly.
(And so did you, I’ll bet.)
Somehow, we got stuff done — sometimes despite the pandemic, and sometimes because of it.
Well, Dear Reader,
It seems like it was only yesterday that our darling little app was just a gleam in its developer’s eye.
Hard to believe it’s zoomed past its infancy and toddlerhood, tripling its streaming hours and growing robust with the addition of unique new titles, like the meditation for strengthening resistance to viral infection, and the one for overcoming COVID in a balanced, safe way; not to mention the imagery for embracing a new medicine (and that includes vaccines).
When we get to talking about the N.O.W. Tone Therapy System, one of the similarities people often draw is to Tibetan singing bowls — and in fact, sound therapy in one form or another has been around for thousands of years, with sound wave therapy specifically originating in the 1950s.
Tone therapy in particular, with its clear frequencies and vibrations, has been shown in various studies to offer a myriad of benefits:
Part of the fun of the holiday season as an adult is that we’re no longer limited to the traditional, marshmallow-garnished, family-friendly hot cocoa. Spiked eggnog, mulled wine, hard cider, Christmas ale, the holiday bottle of 18-year-old single malt Scotch... there are about as many libations tailored for the holidays as can be found reasons to imbibe. Stressful family gatherings, a toast to your health, a celebration of the new year, or simply a social lubricant — wetting your whistle never seems easier than around this time of year.
LifeSpark Cancer Resources is a non-profit organization that provides eight weeks of free Reiki and Healing Touch to individuals with cancer and their caregivers. In March of this year, they switched from hands-on sessions to distant/internet sessions to keep everyone safe, and added guided imagery from Health Journeys to support care and focus during and after each session.
Aromatherapy is one of the oldest and most popular integrative therapies, and for good reasons. Aromas are intrinsic to everything from the pleasure of reclining on clean sheets to the relaxation inherent in a hot bath at the end of the day.
Smell is considered the oldest and least understood of our senses; yet, it is generally accepted that scents rapidly and powerfully transport us back in time to beloved people and cherished events. One of my dearest relatives always smelled strongly of either rose oil or strawberries. The memories my aunt’s kindness and warm smile, her fiery red hair, and the way she made me feel loved remain vivid in my mind many decades later and are instantaneously reactivated by roses.
Posted: November 17, 2020
This year our gift bundles have been lovingly and wisely hand-picked for these weird times. For instance, we’ve got the Cut Yourself Some Slack Pack, a brilliant combo — not just because it rhymes so cleverly, but because it’s designed to adjust your weary take on your own put-upon self, and to provide compassion and perspective on how you’re really doing… which quite possibly is a lot better than you think.