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Monthly Archives: September 2010

  1. Dude! Don't Mangle the Poem!

    Hello again.

    I recently came across a poem of mine, posted on somebody’s blog. The blogger was generous with praise and credit, but the poem was slightly mangled, re-titled and the spacing and line arrangement had morphed into something unrecognizable. Some words had even been excised.  This may not have been this blogger’s doing - she could have found it this way

    The poem is actually copyrighted intact in Maggie Oman’s lovely collection - recently reissued by Conari Press -Prayers for Healing: 365 Blessings, Poems, & Meditations from Around the World. 

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  2. Robert Frost, We Love You

    Remember this one?  Everybody knows the first couple of lines, but how long has it been since you read the whole thing?  

    To me, it’s perfect.  Exquisite.  It will never stop knocking my socks off… for its imagery and metaphor and balance and wondrous wistfulness.   

    I daresay, no blogger would dare mess with it - it’s just too perfect.  

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  3. Has She Lost That Loving Feeling?

    Hi Belleruth, 

    A few weeks ago in my yoga class, I had an amazing experience. We were practicing meditation and the instructor asked us to focus on gratitude, and led us to be grateful about our health and all the great things in our life.  I have never felt so wonderful, and I want to get that feeling back. Do you have such a program on cd? Thank you so much, 

    Leah

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  4. Hypnosis Reduces the Discomfort of Hot Flashes

    Researchers from the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University in Waco, Texas developed a study to test the efficacy of a hypnosis intervention to reduce discomfort from treatment-induced hot flashes in breast cancer survivors.  

    Sixty female breast cancer survivors with hot flashes were randomly assigned to receive 5 weekly sessions of a hypnosis intervention or no treatment. Eligible patients had to have a history of primary breast cancer without evidence of detectable disease and 14 or more weekly hot flashes for at least 1 month. 

    The major outcome measure was hot flash frequency, and a hot flash score, as well as self-reports of the interference hot flashes created with daily activities.

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  5. Yo, Does Anybody in the Military Sleep Any More??

    Last week, I was lucky enough to spend some quality time with the clinical staff of the Marine Corps' Wounded Warrior Regiment's national call center, based outside of Quantico - and a dynamite staff at that.  Led by the very able, experienced and charismatic Laurie Giertz (physician's assistant and Marine wife, too, so she's a very credible two-fer), this crew of social workers, nurses and administrators handle everything from suicide/homicide crisis calls, to families needing emergency money for rent and food, to depressed kids, job troubles, beat up spouses and a huge amount of substance abuse. They handle complex, tricky situations with compassion and finesse, and they go home every night trying not to be loaded up on everyone else's pain. They're a marvel!!  

    I was there to learn everything I could about how our audios are being used (they ship our stuff and other portable interventions to active duty and veteran Marines all over the U.S., finding them especially useful for those who won’t see a therapist, or those who don’t live near one, or those who found a therapist but he/she proved to be clueless and now they won’t go back). 

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  6. Guided Imagery Improves Pain, Sleep, Quality of Life

    Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Bundoor, Australia presented the results of a small pilot study (N=19) that examined the efficacy of a 6-week, combined progressive relaxation technique (APRT) and guided imagery (GI) intervention, to help with the management of chronic pain. 

    Results indicated consistent and clinically significant improvement on pain (measures were the McGill Pain Questionnaire and a visual analog scale), mental health (the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale), all domains of quality of life (the RAND-36 Health Survey), and sleep, for the treatment group only. 

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  7. Even Though She's Safe Now, She Still Can't Sleep..

    Question: 

    I have complex PTSD. My brain is still hyperventilate all night (on guard in case of pending trauma). There is no pending trauma, since I have nothing to fear because I am safe and have been for a couple of years now. I am unable to go down to stage 3 and 4 and REM sleep so I am fatigue during the day. What sleep CD I can get that will help my brain not to be on guard and I can get some deep sleep? I really want to get some good quality, restructure sleep. I just want to sleep. Thank you for your time. 

    Anya  

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  8. Note to Colleges: a Sleep Download for Every Freshman

    I am a college sophomore who has used audio programs to help me sleep since freshman year.  It is a much better thing to do than pills.  It works.  It keeps me from being tired and in a bad mood all day. I study better. My advisor suggested I post this, to inform others.

    My father is a counselor. He knew I would be anxious when I first left home and went to college, so he sent me to school with 2 sleep downloads on my MP3, and some relaxation downloads. It is the sleep tracks I use most.

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  9. The Art of Grieving Well

     I just came across an excellent article by Rabbi David Greenspoon on how he uses guided imagery as part of the traditional Jewish Yizkor service (the section of liturgy that commemorates dead family members and expresses thanks for their having been in our lives). For many, this is the most poignant, powerful - and sometimes dreaded - part of the annual high holidays. 

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  10. Mindfulness + Exposure Tx = Improved IBS Symptoms

    Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden conducted a study of a group therapy program that combined exposure therapy with mindfulness meditation, for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 

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