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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Ask BR: Any Suggestions for an 8-Year-Old Who Was Recently Almost Hit by a Fast-Moving Truck?

    Ask BR: Any Suggestions for an 8-Year-Old Who Was Recently Almost Hit by a Fast-Moving Truck?

    I am looking for Guided Imagery for an 8-year-old girl who is now living with her Grandparents. Her mother is severely mentally ill and this child suffered multiple traumatic experiences while in her care. She is now doing well with her grandparents, who are good caretakers and who love her very much.

    A recent incident occurred in which she was riding her scooter and was nearly hit by a fast-moving truck. Her uncle yelled to warn her, and this seems to have set her back. Her reaction was to panic. She has since withdrawn from interacting with the family. This is a shame, because she was doing so well.

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  6. Ask BR: After Breakups I Experience Separation Anxiety, Obsessive Thoughts, & Anger. How Can I Handle Them Better?

    Ask BR: After Breakups I Experience Separation Anxiety, Obsessive Thoughts, & Anger.  How Can I Handle Them Better?

    Hi Belleruth

    Which of your CDs would you recommend for handling breakups better? When a woman ends a romantic relationship I get separation anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts, and anger. Part of this is connected to feeling unloved and unwanted as a child. I am taking a time out from dating to address these issues.

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  7. Ask BR: I've Been Having Unsettling Dreams Since Starting Your Healing Trauma Audio. Is This Normal?

    Ask BR:  I've Been Having Unsettling Dreams Since Starting Your Healing Trauma Audio. Is This Normal?

    Hello. At the guidance of my therapist, I’ve purchased and downloaded Belleruth’s Healing Trauma and I’m on day 9. I’ve been having unsettling dreams the last three consecutive nights - not nightmares, but not pleasant either, all of a very similar nature. Is this a normal part of the process that I should just be patient with and continue? Or should I do something else? Any suggestions?

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  8. Exciting New Research on Guided Meditation for Pandemic Stress, Dementia, and PTSD!!

    Exciting New Research on Guided Meditation for Pandemic Stress, Dementia, and PTSD!!

    The databases for mind-body research on guided imagery and meditation just keep on growing, I’m happy to report. There’s a steady growth of well designed, randomized clinical trials that yield promising-to-robust results.

    And – be still my heart! - there’s now enough of a cache of respectable research to generate systematic reviews, meta-analyses, scoping reviews, bubble maps, the works. This, people, is a significant step up.

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  9. 1988-1992: Using Whatever or Whoever Is at Hand :)

    1988-1992:  Using Whatever or Whoever Is at Hand :)

    Back in the late 80’s, when I was writing our first batch of 7 illness-specific guided imagery audiotapes, I felt I was on pretty solid ground with the psychological and emotional impact of a disease, but I needed expert, seasoned medical consultation on how each disease behaved in the body, all the way down to the cellular level – what got it started and how the body instinctively worked to heal it, as well as the symptoms involved, and dynamics of the treatment process.

    I knew I had to get it right, and independent research was only going to take me so far. But I had a terrible time getting physicians to talk to me about this

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  10. 1988: Pitching an Audio Get Well Card in Biz-Speak

    1988:  Pitching an Audio Get Well Card in Biz-Speak

    So, now, it’s 1988, and the Chemo guided imagery tape is still a smash hit at University Hospitals of Cleveland. By now, I’ve moved my private practice from Washington DC to NE Ohio. My husband is Dean of Case Western Reserve’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and I’m quietly seeing clients and doing my part as “The Lovely Mrs. Dean”, hosting many, many, many dinner parties and receptions.

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