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  1. Meet the Beloved Meditation Player for Kids That Looks Like a Turtle!!

    Meet the Beloved Meditation Player for Kids That Looks Like a Turtle!!

    Yep, it looks like a turtle but it’s a perfectly designed player, loaded with age-appropriate, brief meditations for kids, to help them with relaxation, sleep, everyday stressors, and lots more.

    Don’t be surprised if your kid takes it everywhere, like a new best friend.

    Zenimal Kids+ is a screen-free device (Yes! You read that right, Dear Parent - screen-free!) that looks like a turtle (only huggable).

    The simple design on its soft, protective underbelly has buttons with icons to easily identify the 9 different guided meditations loaded within - 3-15 minutes long, and designed to encourage calm, compassion, creativity, gratitude, awareness, empathy, focus and sleep, for kids of just about any age, from the adorable little squeezer in the picture to a sophisticated, world-weary 11-year-old. 

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  2. Another Ask BR: Does Crying & Worrying Make Cancer Worse?

    Another Ask BR: Does Crying & Worrying Make Cancer Worse?

    A lot of people with a diagnosis of cancer worry that if they’re not being upbeat and “positive” 24/7, they’ll make their disease worse. So, they put themselves into an emotional straight-jacket, trying (and failing) to orchestrate their mood and control their feelings. On the contrary, knowing and expressing true feelings does not make people sicker. When we match up in what we think, feel, say and do, our energy is aligned and we have more personal power to tackle our challenges.

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  3. A New Ask BR: What's the Latest Intel on the Effectiveness of Guided Imagery for Fighting Cancer?

    A New Ask BR: What's the Latest Intel on the Effectiveness of Guided Imagery for Fighting Cancer?

    Belleruth got this great question from a man studying up on his options for dealing effectively with stage 4 colon cancer, should his chemotherapy stop working.

    We thought this was a great opportunity to offer this Q & A as an update to everyone, and to share some general info about integrative strategies and treatments in oncology (or CAM, as it used to be called – Complementary & Alternative Medicine).  So, Alan graciously gave us permission to use his question. (As is our policy, that’s not his real name).  So read on, Dear Reader!

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  4. The Mystical Super-Powers of Your Zzzzzzs

    The Mystical Super-Powers of Your Zzzzzzs

    OK, I admit it, you won’t find me jogging at any other time. But did you know that when you sleep, no matter how quietly your body is lying there, your brain is running laps?

    We used to think that sleep was a time when the brain rested just as much as the body did.

    Now we know that our brains are arguably as active during sleep as they are during waking hours.

     

     

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  5. How Do We Love Thee, Amazing New Kickass App? Let Us Count the Ways….

    How Do We Love Thee, Amazing New Kickass App? Let Us Count the Ways….

    Okay, so we know many of you’ve been perfectly happy with our old app, but some of you have suffered frustrating glitches and have wished certain features were otherwise.

    Lord knows, we tried to get the developers to fix them. Sometimes they did. Sometimes they didn’t. Mostly it was a feckless time-suck on our end. They kind of had us over a barrel, so the best we could do was pull out every possible trick from our well-worn Book o’ Shameless Persuasive Tactics – begging, flattering, challenging, appealing to their higher instincts, appealing to their lower instincts… you name it, we tried it. 

    Bottom line: they were not losing sleep over the ways they were leaving us flatfooted. (Clearly they had not been exposed to my mother, who liked to wag her bony, arthritic finger while saying “A deal’s a deal”.)

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  6. So, Can Guided Imagery Do Anything for "Long COVID"?

    So, Can Guided Imagery Do Anything  for "Long COVID"?

    I’m starting to feel like there might be an end in sight to the pandemic, at least here in the U.S.

    I’m hugely grateful that vaccines were available so quickly, and that they’re working so well. Every day, I check the number of U.S. cases and deaths, and I see them trending downward as the number of shots in arms rises. The slow but steady improvement seems like nothing less than a full-on, inspiring razzle-dazzle miracle of science.

    But at the same time, I can’t help thinking about the “long haulers”, or people with “long COVID.”

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  7. A GIFT!!! Because It’s Nurses Week, and We Love Nurses!

    A GIFT!!! Because It’s Nurses Week, and We Love Nurses!

    That’s right, people. Nursing Greatness is not news to us, and we are no fly-by-night fans.  Every year, we celebrate Nurses Week, which starts on May 6th and goes through the 12th (which, not coincidentally, is the birthday of the redoubtable, Badass Nurse for All Seasons, Florence Nightingale). 

    Did you know that 2021 marks the 19th year in a row that nurses were voted the most honest, ethical, and trusted profession in the U.S.? How’s that for a winning streak?

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  8. Ask BR: How Can I Have a Loving, Lasting Relationship When I Believe I Will Always Be Let Down?

    Ask BR: How Can I Have a Loving, Lasting Relationship When I Believe I Will Always Be Let Down?

    I was adopted within my family as a baby.  It all came to light when I was 16.  I'm now 48.  My siblings and cousins seem to hold a grudge against me, because I was adopted and they believe that I had a better upbringing than they did.  I feel I'm paying for the family's decision that I had nothing to do with. I have no trust or faith in anyone, as I believe I will always be let down. How do I stop this pain and actually have a loving relationship that will last?  I am about to get my fourth divorce. I hurt all the time. Thanks. 

    Harold 

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  9. Ask BR: What Do You Suggest To Help With the Lingering Effects of Gaslighting and Low Self-Esteem/Co-Dependency

    Ask BR: What Do You Suggest To Help With the Lingering Effects of Gaslighting and Low Self-Esteem/Co-Dependency

    I would like to know which guided imagery audio you’d recommend:   Im a 72-woman single woman, doing well, but trying to soften the edges of having lived with a sociopath, and being raised by a narcissistic mother.  ...Still lingering effects of gaslighting and low self-esteem/co-dependency. 

    Thanks!  

    Clara 

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  10. An ASK BR: How Can I Call My Body My Oldest Friend when I Feel Betrayed by It?

    An ASK BR: How Can I Call My Body My Oldest Friend when I Feel Betrayed by It?

    This is an issue we get a lot.  Many of BR’s guided imagery narratives refer to the listener’s body as “my oldest friend and steadiest companion”.  It’s deliberately in there to help form or reinstate a feeling of alliance with the body, as opposed to seeing it as the opponent to overcome, or something that’s let us down or even betrayed us.  Sometimes a first reaction to this phrase is, “You gotta be kidding” or “Oldest friend? We’re barely on speaking terms!” Here’s one of those reactions and BR’s response, suggesting why it might be something to consider…

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