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  1. Stories of Health for Life: Guided Imagery

    Stories of Health for Life: Guided Imagery

    Well, we've reached another milestone: the VA is now officially including guided imagery as a laudable practice for vets, after decades of VA patients and line practitioners using it anyway. (Over 90 VA hospitals and Vet Centers have been ordering guided imagery from Health Journeys since the early 90s. They always knew it worked, it was inexpensive, and it was easy to use - especially for vets who had trouble coming in for appointments.)

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  2. “All People Matter,” is Theme for National Professional Social Workers Month

    “All People Matter,” is Theme for National Professional Social Workers Month

    I came to Health Journeys two years ago, and I continue to be amazed at the number of people who call us to compliment Belleruth and ask us to pass on to her their feedback about the positive effect our audio programs have had on their lives and the lives of their loved ones. It’s heartwarming for us to hear these stories and pass them on to Belleruth, knowing the work we do here each day plays a part in touching peoples’ lives in this way. It’s also helpful, because it provides us with information for other people who ask for ideas about which programs to choose for certain situations.

    Most of you are aware of the impact Belleruth has had on the lives of individuals, and you recognize her by her lovely, soothing voice, However, you might not be aware of the tremendous social impact her work has had, and of the contributions she has made to the field of integrative medicine. In researching National Professional Social Workers Month, I learned a lot about the mission of social workers, and how Belleruth’s accomplishments fit so well into this picture.

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  3. “Spring Ahead; Fall Back,” is Easier Said than Done for the Sleep Deprived

    “Spring Ahead; Fall Back,” is Easier Said than Done for the Sleep Deprived

    “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.

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  4. February Marks 50th Anniversary of American Heart Month

    February Marks 50th Anniversary of American Heart Month

    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.

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  5. Ten Terrific Quotes on Forgiveness by Some Masters of the Craft

    Ten Terrific Quotes on Forgiveness by Some Masters of the Craft
    1. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.  When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

    2. “Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” Mark Twain

    3. “Resentment is an act of self-hatred. Resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill your enemies.” Nelson Mandela

    4. “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” John F. Kennedy

    5. “An eye for an eye will only make the world blind.” Gandhi

    6. “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness behind, and forgive my captors, I would still be in prison.” Nelson Mandela

    7. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.” Gandhi

    8. “The first time we required forgiveness, if we were fortunate, we learned that even good people sometimes do bad things, and that having someone we loved get mad at us didn’t mean they didn’t love us. We had their unconditional love and that meant we would have their forgiveness, too.” Mister Rogers, from The World According to Mister Rogers: Important things to Remember, by Fred Rogers.

    9. “Forgiving is not the same as condoning. It must be done with the greatest respect for your own readiness.” Belleruth Naparstek from her audio program Anger & Forgiveness.

    10. “Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love.” Mister Rogers, from The World According to Mister Rogers: Important things to Remember, by Fred Rogers.
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  6. An Ounce of Prevention and a Dash of Guided Imagery. . .

    An Ounce of Prevention and a Dash of Guided Imagery. . .

    “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Given the escalating price of a pound of cure these days, the adage, is tough to refute, particularly when you think in terms of smoke alarms and seat belts. When our grandparents said it, the phrase was usually prefaced or followed by sage advice, like, washing your hands often, brushing your teeth twice a day and eating your vegetables.

    Today, it’s difficult to pick up a magazine or look at any news on TV or online without seeing this advice. We are told not only to brush twice daily, but also to floss. Numerous studies have shown that the best way to prevent flu, colds and food-borne illnesses from spreading is frequent hand-washing, and the jury has been in on the vegetable eating for some time. The recommendation to eat three servings of fruits or vegetables per day has gone up considerably, and most sources say we need at least seven servings daily.

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  7. Made in the USA: Ohio Company Provides Wellness Services World Wide

    Made in the USA: Ohio Company Provides Wellness Services World Wide

    We, at Health Journeys have had a very good year, thanks to you. For those of you who are new to Health Journeys, here is a brief description of our company, followed by Health Journeys’ Top Ten Titles from 2013, a list of our top selling audio programs.

    Health Journeys’ founder and author of more than 60 of the company’s audio programs, Cleveland psychotherapist Belleruth Naparstek, is a guided imagery innovator. Her Health Journeys audio series has sold more than a million copies worldwide.

    Health Journeys employs local talent and providers of services, such as graphics and information technology. Our audio programs are recorded at Audio Recording Studios in Northeast Ohio, the same studio where the Cleveland Orchestra is recorded, and they are produced in Ohio or North Carolina.

    Telephone calls are answered by well-trained, caring staff members who go above and beyond to make customers happy. Our programs are supported by a seasoned and passionate team who consistently provide outstanding customer service, disseminate invaluable information and produce solid ideas.  Not only are our phones answered by ‘humans’ but our orders are processed promptly and shipped quickly – orders received by 1 PM are usually processed and shipped the same day.

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  8. Kinder, Gentler New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep

    Kinder, Gentler New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep

    People have been making New Year’s resolutions since the time of Julius Caesar, when January got its name from Janus, the two headed god. One head looked backward at the old year, and the other looked forward into the new one, making Janus the patron of bridges, doorways, beginnings and endings.

    To the people of that time, January seemed the perfect time for making resolutions to end old, destructive behaviors and initiate new, constructive ones. The practice of making yearly resolutions continued throughout centuries, often falling out of favor, only to be resurrected. The resolutions evolved through time, often taking on the religious and moral overtones of the current society, but the sentiment remained the same: a promise to oneself to end old, negative behaviors and begin new, positive ones.

    In the early 1700’s American philosopher and theologian Jonathan Edwards wrote 70 resolutions, some of them heavy-handed in nature, but not unlike the ones we make today. For example, Edwards resolved to live as he would have wished he lived when he came to die, an all-encompassing and difficult one to keep, day in and day out. He also resolved never to suffer the least motions of anger to irrational beings, an equally-daunting task, given the number of irrational beings one encounters on a regular basis, particularly if one is required to navigate the modern freeway system.

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  9. Finding Opportunities for Self Reflection

    Finding Opportunities for Self Reflection

    First, hello to all. I find that holidays and the New Year are great opportunities for self-reflection and meaningful change. We may think of this as something that is necessarily dramatic or large, or immediately observable to others, but often the most profound changes involve subtle but important shifts in how we treat ourselves, or how much space we create to accept ourselves in the present moment, even if there are things we’d like to be different. Once we can be more loving and kind to ourselves, the other changes seem to become that much easier.

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  10. Meet the Health Journeys Staff - Maggie DeMellier

    “Health Journeys. . . This is Maggie.” If you have called Health Journeys recently, I might have spoken to you. Speaking to you is one of my favorite things to do here at HJ. I am writing this to introduce you to this blog, and I will begin by introducing myself.

    When I joined Health Journeys last March, my all-time favorite thing was familiarizing myself with the products. I think Belleruth is awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to all her programs and I was happy to find that we also carry products by some of my favorite authors, and we continue to offer new products, which I also get to enjoy, as part of my job. I simply could not wait for Traci Stein’s procrastination CD (I also love puns).

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