LifeSpark Cancer Resources is a non-profit organization that provides eight weeks of free Reiki and Healing Touch to individuals with cancer and their caregivers. In March of this year, they switched from hands-on sessions to distant/internet sessions to keep everyone safe, and added guided imagery from Health Journeys to support care and focus during and after each session.
Today, we’re putting a spotlight on Akron Children’s Hospital. Ranked among the best children's hospitals in the country, Akron Children’s Hospital invests in new research, designs facilities, makes their equipment kid-sized, and tailors their care experiences for a young audience — all to better serve kids and their families.
In our mission to bring health and mental health resources to those most in need, Health Journeys works together with a variety of partners to make sure our guided imagery is easily accessible, targeted to specific, relevant health concerns, and fits the needs and budget of each organization.
Today, we’re putting a spotlight on Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center. Wings of Hope offers support and guidance for those battling cancer at all stages of their illness, and help to families and friends coping with cancer in their lives, serving Omaha Metro and Southwest Iowa, free of charge.
In our mission to bring health and mental health resources to those most in need, Health Journeys works together with a variety of partners to make sure our guided imagery is easily accessible, targeted to specific, relevant health concerns, and fits the needs and budget of each partner.
We couldn’t do it without them — and today, we’re putting a spotlight on Richard F. Garrett, MSW, a Clinical Social Worker specialist in Albany, Georgia. With over 38 years of diverse professional experience, he also collaborates with other doctors and physicians in his clinical group, Richard F. Garrett Trauma Solutions.
We found this article in Spirituality and Health by self-confessed introvert, S. Rufus, to be really smart, fun, well written, insightful and resonant, reflecting thoughts we’ve had, too. And because we couldn’t figure out how to improve upon it, we’re just sharing it with you here.
So, what are you – introvert or extrovert? And how do these pointers strike you?
For loners, recluses, and other solitary types such as myself, sheltering-in-place feels natural and normal.
However scary other aspects of this pandemic might be, for us, this aspect isn't.
As a result of our PTSD Awareness Month outreach program, scores of people have shared in our effort to educate survivors about the benefits of guided imagery for posttraumatic stress.
Hundreds of trauma survivors checked in to see what kind of benefits guided imagery might have to offer them – service personnel, veterans and their families; kids suffering the traumatic loss of a parent; survivors of motor vehicle accidents; people recovering from tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes; people suffering the after-effects of domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse and all manner of accidents and injuries.
We hope they’ll benefit greatly, then do what others have, and spread the word themselves. If you are one of the many who tried guided imagery for your PTSD, please share your experience – either initially or after a period of cumulative use… or both! These are posts we’d love to read. Please leave your comments below. We greatly appreciate your feedback.
Posted: March 10, 2014Categories: Resources
“We are a nation of people who long for a good night’s sleep.” - Belleruth Naparstek
The old adage, “Spring Ahead and Fall Back,” was created to help us remember which way to turn the clocks in spring and fall, to accommodate Daylight Saving Time. There is another old adage, “Easier Said than Done,” which is used to describe our feelings about losing an hour of sleep to make the change.
Posted: March 02, 2014Categories: Mindfulness & Meditation
Greetings from the frozen Cuyahoga Valley, where March came in like a lion, and according to superstition it should go out like a lamb.
The river and parks here are beautiful in winter, and Cindy’s Huskies love winter and snooze in the snow, but we humans are so ready for spring.
It has been a long, cold winter for most of the country, and for a number of reasons, this extended deep-freeze could contribute to mindless eating for many of us. This makes March a great time to celebrate National Nutrition Month and the perfect time to practice mindful eating.
Posted: February 17, 2014Categories: Mindfulness & Meditation
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,. . . it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” Charles Dickens wrote those words in 1859, in the beginning chapter of the epoch novel A Tale of Two Cities, but the words could also be used today to describe the cascade of roller-coaster emotions we experience between the ages of 12 and 20.
People in each generation are certain theirs was the generation of young people who experienced the most stress. We have all heard the tales from our grandparents who had to walk a dozen miles in sub-zero temperatures to get to school. Of course as night followed day, they must have had to walk another dozen to get home-unless they walked to their jobs in the mines or fields or factories and then walked a dozen miles home. The truth is that they probably weren’t exaggerating, but we couldn’t commiserate because we could list so many reasons why our generation had it worse.
What we all experienced while coming of age might have been stressful, but lately we at Health Journeys are hearing from so many people who are looking for help for stressed-out teens that we did a little research and found that there seems to be a serious problem with excessive stress among today’s youth.
Posted: February 10, 2014Categories: Resources
February got off to a disappointing start this year, as Punxsutawney Phil let us down once again, predicting six more weeks of winter. That’s easy for him to say. He goes back into hibernation and we scrape ice off our windshields, shovel our driveways, push our cars and plan to move to a tropical climate. Despite the groundhog’s recent prediction, there is cause to celebrate February.
This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of American Heart Month, established in 1964 when then-president Lyndon B. Johnson signed a proclamation designating February as American Heart Month. “It is essential to the health and well-being of our nation that our citizens be made aware of the medical, social and economic aspects of the problem of cardiovascular diseases and the measures being taken to combat them,” he wrote.
Since that proclamation, there has been one signed each year by the president, each one pointing out the importance of awareness and education about heart and cardiovascular health and recognizing the most recent strides made toward combating cardiovascular diseases, which remain the No. 1 killer of Americans, claiming more deaths each year than all cancers combined.