Emmett Miller MD is arguably our leading pioneer of physiologically and biochemically targeted guided imagery. He was the very first practitioner to offer hypnotic guided meditations to target specific health conditions, such as cancer and hypertension, starting in the ‘80s. We’re honored and delighted that he accepted our invitation to create imagery for osteoporosis for us.
It’s that time of the year, when by some estimates, more than three-quarters of us have given up on our New Year’s Resolutions. Some of the most common changes we aim to make are to quit smoking, eat better and exercise more. Other goals may involve starting (or completing) an important personal project, making more of an effort to get together with friends, and perhaps vowing to set healthier limits with people who take more from us than they give.
We set these goals for ourselves because we believe that they will make us better in some way – happier, healthier, more productive, and so forth. And yet, most of us quickly get discouraged and slip back into familiar patterns that feel easier in the short term but prevent us from getting to where we really want to go.
Recent studies are clarifying and refining what works best for reducing the severity of posttraumatic stress symptoms in our Veterans, turning long-held assumptions upside down.
Two recent studies find that general meditation training (ie, practices that do not focus on specific traumas, but instead serve as all-round resilience and self-regulation training) can do a way better job at reducing symptoms than what for years was touted at the V.A. as preferred therapies: Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) and Present-Centered Therapy (PCT).
I’m trying to remember when we first began working with Progressive. It was a long time ago… had to be the early ‘90’s.
It was love at first sight.
Peter Lewis, Progressive’s bigger-than-life, hell-raising, out-of-the-box-thinking CEO, put the capital P in Progressive in more ways than one.
Every now and then we get lucky and Emmett Miller MD agrees to develop some guided imagery for us – this time it’s for bone health – osteoporosis and osteopenia – something you’ve been repeatedly requesting for a long time.
Emmett is arguably the first and foremost pioneer of medically based and psychologically sound guided imagery.
Posted: December 30, 2019
Hi and Happy New Year!
I'm Abby Radcliffe, Health Journeys’ Marketing Director. As 2020 approaches, we’ve been eyeballing our top stats, intriguing factoids, and biggest changes in 2019.
Suffice it to say, a lot has transpired. We’re weary but happy. Shall we count the ways? Yes, let’s do! Here are some:
Starting around Thanksgiving, we get a big uptick of questions from people who want to give something that they hope will be helpful and meaningful to someone they care about… in other words, some guided imagery. Here’s an early sampling. Unless told otherwise, we change the names to protect privacy:
Osteoporosis, which literally means “porous bones,” happens when your body can no longer make new bone tissue fast enough to replace the old. Your bones silently get weaker and more brittle until one day something snaps when you fall – or cough, or get out of a chair. Yikes!
Osteoporosis affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over 50 worldwide. That said, you’re a lot more likely to have it if you’re female.
I first learned about Lynne Newman decades ago, from her cousin Claudia, our tech goddess at the time. When I think of how to describe Lynne, what comes to mind first is that she’s a very special and beautiful person, and so uniquely kind, I don’t know anyone like her.
Lynne would probably say her guided narratives come from ‘Guidance’ with the capital G. I would just say her material speaks to the hearts and souls of people – it’s immersive, authentic, generous, kind, and affirming, and people feel better for having listened to it. She has a dedicated following. Lots of people just get all 5 of her audios, because they feel like they’re being blessed as they listen.
Below is Lynne's story in her own words (or most of it – she’s lived through a lot, and it’s a miracle she’s walking and talking, let alone working as a happy, successful and beloved counselor.
"The science shows us that experiencing gratitude is linked to greater well-being and life satisfaction, both in the present and the longer-term. Plus, it just feels better to appreciate what we can." - Dr. Traci Stein
As Thanksgiving approaches, we here at Health Journeys took the time to reflect on what we're grateful for - and we'd like to know what's got you feeling thankful this holiday season too.