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  1. Keys to Success for Extinguishing Phobias: What Works on Fear of Flying, Spiders, Germs…

    Keys to Success for Extinguishing Phobias: What Works on Fear of Flying, Spiders, Germs…

    Here’s an inspiring and heartening story for you. We got this email from a woman who’d been suffering from a fear of flying that restricted her life and severely limited her options. She describes how a little therapy, some guided imagery and a couple of audios opened up her world again. Here she is:

    Dear Health Journeys and BR,

    I had to write and tell you this!!!!! I have been afraid of flying for many years, ever since I was a young teenager and we ran into some turbulence on a family plane trip to Mexico. Over the years, it has gotten worse rather than better. The fear became more and more pronounced.

    At work I was passed over for promotions in the past few years, because of my inability to travel. My social life and vacation choices were also limited. My fear was an embarrassment and I could not readily explain it. I believe it made me more shy around people and closed me off from sharing myself with others, for fear that the topic would come up.

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  2. A Private Experiment with Tone Therapy, Chez BR, Starring the Electrician, the Plumber, the Comcast Guy..

    A Private Experiment with Tone Therapy, Chez BR, Starring the Electrician, the Plumber, the Comcast Guy..

    On vacation, I had a set of the N.O.W. speakers in my living room, a gift from the developer, Michael Joly.

    It’s no secret that I love these things. When you press the PLAY buttons on them, each speaker randomly selects a tone sequence from about 120 of them, and whatever gets played on one syncs up with whatever is on the other speaker. You never know what you’re going to hear, which is why you can’t get so familiar with the sounds that you stop listening to them. So clever.

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  3. Which Program Reduced Worksite Stress More – Meditation or Yoga?

    Which Program Reduced Worksite Stress More – Meditation or Yoga?

    Researchers from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC, conducted a randomized controlled pilot comparing the viability of two mind-body workplace stress reduction programs - one therapeutic yoga-based and the other mindfulness-based - in order to set the stage for larger cost-effectiveness trials.  Additionally, 2 delivery venues of the mindfulness-based program were evaluated (online vs. in-person).
     
    Group differences were examined over time on perceived stress and secondary measures to clarify which variables to include in future studies: sleep quality, mood, pain levels, work productivity, mindfulness, blood pressure, breathing rate, and heart rate variability.

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  4. What You Don’t Know About Traci Stein PhD, the Voice We All Love

    What You Don’t Know About Traci Stein PhD, the Voice We All Love

    I first met Traci Stein in the late nineties when she was Mehmet Oz’s point person for mind-body research & evaluation at Columbia Presbyterian.

    In those pre-TV show days, Mehmet was trying out various techniques like guided imagery, when not inventing valves out of esoteric pig parts or doing CABG surgeries on beloved NY luminaries like Joe Torre, manager of the Yankees.

    Traci was amazing to work with from the very start – smart, diligent, accommodating, responsible, considerate, and insanely productive.

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  5. 10 Tips for Self-Care on the Fly

    10 Tips for Self-Care on the Fly

     

    When experts talk about the importance of self-care, my inner brat is rolling her eyes and thinking of sarcastic rejoinders… not that I have anything against self-care.

    It’s because I’m thinking And when, exactly, am I supposed to be doing all this TLC on my busy, harried self? And I’m no different than most, especially when September rolls around and there's so much to do.

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  6. Four New Platforms and Options for You, Dear Reader!

     

    Holy cow. There’s so much going on around here, I don’t know where to start.

    We seem to be popping out new platforms like gangbusters, in our everlasting quest to find easier, less pricey, and more adaptive ways to get our audios into the ears of those who need them.

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  7. Here’s to One Helluva Dad

    Here’s to One Helluva Dad

     

    Here’s to all the fathers out there, juggling love and work, to do their best for their kids.  Chances are, they’re more actively involved with their children’s lives than their own fathers were with theirs.  Happy Father’s Day to all of them! 

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  8. What Are Playaways, and Who Should Use Them?

    What Are Playaways, and Who Should Use Them?

     

    So, what is a Playaway, anyway? We get this question at least a couple times a week, sometimes a lot more.

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  9. How to Interpret Intuitive Symbols that Come Up in Meditation & Dreams

    How to Interpret Intuitive Symbols that Come Up in Meditation & Dreams

    Dear Belleruth,

    I attended a PTSD workshop of yours. I’m wondering how one can interpret the symbols that may appear during an imagery exercise. For example, in one guided imagery exercise, you asked us to imagine someone or something giving us a present. So, a black stone in a little box was my gift.  How can I know what that may mean? Or is it always highly personal? Are there resources you can suggest?

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  10. Why Survivors of Childhood Abuse Can Have Problematic Reactions to Guided Imagery

    Why Survivors of Childhood Abuse Can Have Problematic Reactions to Guided Imagery

    Hi Belleruth,

    I was wondering if you ever considered doing a guided imagery specifically for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse. As a survivor, and now someone who works with women survivors, there have been times guided imagery has been helpful, but it takes a long time for the person to start to try to relax into it.

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