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  1. Cutting Yourself Some Slack When You’re Getting On Your Own Last Nerve

    Cutting Yourself Some Slack When You’re Getting On Your Own Last Nerve

    Midway through 2020, I still feel like I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. Between the Australian wildfires, the rageful political rhetoric, economic distress, the anticipated spread of the sneakiest virus ever, and…

    Oh, wait — that was just January.

    Okay. Needless to say, we’ve all had a lot on our plates, and the COVID-19 pandemic has been arguably our greatest underlying source of anxiety, frustration, disorientation, anger, depression, fear, and irritability.

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  2. The Key to Healing Shame; and How It’s Profoundly Different from Guilt

    The Key to Healing Shame; and How It’s Profoundly Different from Guilt

    I’m really happy we produced Emmett Miller’s exceptionally powerful, high-test guided imagery for healing shame. It’s arguably one of his all-time best meditations, ever. Please check it out.

    Now, although I agree with Emmett’s insights on Youtube about the difference between guilt and shame, I also adhere to the even more basic, old fashioned, rock-bottom, psychodynamic distinction between these two highly yucky feelings.

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  3. Your Guided Imagery for Fibromyalgia Sounds Generic to Me. How Is It Specific to FM?

    Your Guided Imagery for Fibromyalgia Sounds Generic to Me. How Is It Specific to FM?

    Hello,

    I've downloaded A Meditation to Help With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue among others.

    Unlike the other meditations I've downloaded, this sounds very general, nothing specific to fibromyalgia and CFS. Can you please confirm I've downloaded what I have purchased?

    Many thanks,
    Luca


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  4. Tools to Keep Guided Imagery a Deep Healing Experience for Trauma Survivors; Ways to Prevent Triggering

    Tools to Keep Guided Imagery a Deep Healing Experience for Trauma Survivors; Ways to Prevent Triggering

    I am very interested in the effects of guided imagery on people who have been traumatized. I can see how guided imagery can be difficult to handle and create more anxiety. I can also see how it could be helpful when done in a safe way.

    Do you have any suggestions or thoughts on how to teach guided imagery to a person with a history of trauma?

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  5. A New Ask BR and the Wisest Ways to Use Virus-Fighting, Cellular Guided Imagery

    A New Ask BR and the Wisest Ways to Use Virus-Fighting, Cellular Guided Imagery

    Dear Belleruth,

    I’ve been listening to you since I discovered you in 2008. My clients and friends have also been listening, since I often bring a boom box to the hospital or session and play a part of One of your CDs( that certainly dates me- the boom box and the CDs!) I think you knew my friend Bob, a social worker, and when his wife was going through a bone marrow transplant, she used your guided imagery. One social worker friend who got an immunization induced variant of shingles couldn’t sleep until I brought over your guided imagery. She jokes about going to bed with Bella.

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  6. An Ask BR on the Path through Grief after a Suicide

    An Ask BR on the Path through Grief after a Suicide

    Hi,

    Could you please share if you have content specific to grief? My daughter's best friend (13) committed suicide.

    The mother is also my best friend. I’m looking for other ways to help them both through the grief process.

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  7. Meet Caroline E. Ortiz, the Translator, Narrator, Guardian Angel and All-Round Goddess-Protector of Our Brand-New Spanish Series

    Meet Caroline E. Ortiz, the Translator, Narrator, Guardian Angel and All-Round Goddess-Protector of Our Brand-New Spanish Series

    "Here I share what my ancestors have left me, what my family has gifted me, and what I have learned from living with the certainty that magic exists. I hope that you always have joy and peace in your life." -- Caroline E. Ortiz MPH MSN RN NC-BC

    "A continuación les comparto lo que me han dejado mis ancestros, lo que me ha brindado mi familia, y lo que he aprendido al vivir con la certeza de que la magia existe. Deseo que siempre tengan gozo y paz en su vida." -- Carolina E. Ortiz MPH MSN RN NC-BC

    Okay, we know what we’re about to say sounds over the top, but everyone around here is jumping for joy and popping with pride to introduce Caroline E. Ortiz, MPH MSN RN NC-BC, the translator, narrator, guardian angel and all-round Goddess-Protector of our brand-new Spanish Series, with her first recording, Una Meditación Guiada Para Relajación Y Bienestar.

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  8. A Razzle Dazzle, Socially Distant, 1 Year App-y Birthday Extravaganza!

    A Razzle Dazzle, Socially Distant, 1 Year App-y Birthday Extravaganza!

    Almost 1 year ago today (May 20, 2019 to be exact), our beautiful, long-awaited streaming app was born, a doting parents’ dream come true.  

    We finally could make it super-easy for everyone to access our guided imagery & meditations on smartphones & tablets, and we knew that by creating a subscription option, our entire library of 250+ meditations could be enjoyed without breaking anyone’s bank. 

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  9. We Love Nurses! Always Have, Always Will. Here’s Your Thank You Gift!

    We Love Nurses! Always Have, Always Will. Here’s Your Thank You Gift!

    Hello!  Belleruth Naparstek here – clinical social worker and founder of Health Journeys.  We’ve been producing and distributing evidence-based, psychologically sophisticated and medically accurate guided imagery and meditation audios by foremost leaders in the mind-body field since 1991, when (trust me) it was not such a cool thing to be doing the way it is now. 

    Anyway, I’m here to say:  This, People, is Nurse Appreciation Month!

    Now. Let it be known that we’ve always been nuts about nurses, every month of the year; and for years we’ve celebrated Nurses in May.  So, it’s wonderful that the rest of the world has noticed the amazingness of nurses and is applauding what they do for the rest of us - with historic, unfettered enthusiasm and appreciation - thanks to their all-in response to caring for people slammed by this vicious virus, but – just sayin’ – nursing greatness is not news to us, and we’re no fly-by-night fans. 

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  10. Insights, Audios, & Research on Mastering Menopause (Spoiler Alert: It Ain’t All Bad, Ladies!)

    Insights, Audios, & Research on Mastering Menopause (Spoiler Alert: It Ain’t All Bad, Ladies!)

    Hello there!

    Here are some questions we’ve gotten about menopause. Lest this laundry list of symptoms gets you thinking this phase of life is nothing but the complete pits, let me just insert a reminder that there are two sides to this coin. Yes, there may be hot flashes, night sweats, interrupted sleep; possibly some weight gain, loss of sexual interest, anxiety about aging, depression… (although some will escape all of the above).

    But there can just as likely be a sense of liberation, empowerment, renewed creativity, and a redefinition of self: more focus on being a voice to be heard, as opposed to something to look at admiringly.

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