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  1. Ask BR: How Can I Mentally Prepare To Become My Wife’s Primary Caregiver After Her Neurodegenerative Disease Diagnosis?

    Ask BR: How Can I Mentally Prepare To Become My Wife’s Primary Caregiver After Her Neurodegenerative Disease Diagnosis?

    Dear Belleruth,

    Your cancer treatment CDs were given to me eight years ago when I was undergoing chemotherapy. It took many times listening to it before the stars aligned and the desired effect occurred, releasing any concerns I had about the process. I purchased several other titles after that.

    Now, I have a different life milestone to face.

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  2. (COVID) 19 — The Loneliest Number

    (COVID) 19 — The Loneliest Number

    Stop me if you’ve heard this story. Some years ago now, it’s been reported that a student asked famed cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead what she considered to be the first sign of civilization. Her response? A 15,000-year-old fractured femur that had broken, then healed. Connecting hip to knee, the femur is the longest bone in the human body, and when broken, it takes about six weeks of rest to heal — six weeks during which this person would have been completely reliant on members of their community.

    What does it say about humanity that our earliest ancestors were inclined to so thoroughly uplift and care for each other in times of need?

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  3. Teach Your Children Well — But Remotely, Or In Person?

    Teach Your Children Well — But Remotely, Or In Person?

    Back in March, a good friend of mine had been right smack in the middle of a semester abroad, living out a dream and residing in the heart of Salamanca in Spain — and then the coronavirus hit. At first, she was hopeful that the threat would be minimal, that she could safely shelter in place, complete coursework online, and finish out the school year before returning home.

    I think we probably all wish that had been the case, all around, but it didn’t last.

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  4. We're Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude!

    We're Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude!

    "The science shows us that experiencing gratitude is linked to greater well-being and life satisfaction, both in the present and the longer-term. Plus, it just feels better to appreciate what we can." - Dr. Traci Stein

    As Thanksgiving approaches, we here at Health Journeys took the time to reflect on what we're grateful for - and we'd like to know what's got you feeling thankful this holiday season too.  

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  5. Okay, So What Really Makes Us Happy and Healthy?

     

    Here's a TED talk by psychiatrist Robert Waldringer, the fourth director of a 75-year-old Harvard longitudinal Study of Adult Development, begun in the '30s, on what keeps us happy and healthy. (Actually, this is a study of what keeps men happy and healthy, just to pick a bone on who gets studied in most research ... but that's a battle for another day.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-7zAkwAOYg

    The study looked at the lives of 724 men, from their teens into their 90's. Half were Harvard sophomores and half were from Boston's poorest neighborhoods. Sixty of the original men are still alive, most of them in their nineties.

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  6. Is This True Intuition, or Is She Kidding Herself about her “Dream Lover”?

    Is This True Intuition, or Is She Kidding Herself about her “Dream Lover”?

    My question has to do with a man at work who is meant for me, I knew it from the first time I saw him. How do I share this knowledge with him and allow him to see what I see?

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  7. Powerful New Imagery for Letting Go of Unhealthy Relationships

    Powerful New Imagery for Letting Go of Unhealthy Relationships

    Well, Traci Stein has done it again. I’m proud to announce the release of her extraordinary meditations for Letting Go of Unhealthy Relationships – some wonderfully effective immersive exercises to help people turn away from unhealthy relationships and those people in their lives who suck the life right out of them...

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  8. Guided Imagery Suggestions for Anger & Positive Change

    Guided Imagery Suggestions for Anger & Positive Change

    We got this question from a man in a high-pressure job, who asked if we have any guided meditations to help him with his anger and “impulsive blurting out” of unkind words. His goal is to stop and think before speaking and train himself to become a respectful listener and nicer person. Pretty impressive. Here it is...

    Question:

    Anything on anger? May blurt out an unkind word or something so stupid.  Want to learn to be extremely nice and very respectful, To stop and think before I say anything.

    Philip

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  9. More Ways to Create Positive Change

    More Ways to Create Positive Change

    Although potentially challenging, identifying what we’d like to be different in our lives, and creating a plan for change, can help us feel happier, be healthier, and set us free from things we know, deep down, are unhealthy for us.

    If you’ve read my earlier post, “8 Essentials for Creating Positive Change,” you are already armed with the fundamental tools to address those habits, patterns, or relationships that need tweaking (or more).

    Below, I address in a bit more detail how to successfully engage in the process of change. What follows are some of the most common changes people seek to make, and what to keep in mind.

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  10. How to Recover from Growing Up in an Intrusive, Enmeshed Family

    How to Recover from Growing Up in an Intrusive, Enmeshed Family

    Ted asks an important question about which guided meditation might help him recover from the impact of intense parental enmeshment, something he was subjected to when he was growing up.  

    Enmeshment is a family therapy term used to describe an over-involved, intrusive way of parenting, where the parents don’t know where they end and their child begins. So they tend to interfere with their kids’ autonomy, speaking for them, thinking for them, and acting for them. They are also insistent on knowing way too much about what their children are thinking, feeling and doing, and they often tell their kids way too much about themselves as well. The kids grow up confused about their own boundaries, and as adults recreate this situation with others.

    Its polar opposite is the parenting style of detachment, and that has its own set of problems. Both are extremes.

    Here is Ted’s question:

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