relaxation & general well being
Yoga nidra is a simple, accessible form of meditation that anyone can do. Seriously, you do it while lying down.
Some people call it “yogic sleep.” Others call it Integrative Restoration, or iRest. Whichever name you use, it guides you into restorative rest that’s proven to clear your mind, calm your emotions, and achieve lasting mindfulness. Many experts say a session provides the equivalent benefits of 4 hours sleep.
I am very interested in the effects of guided imagery on people who have been traumatized. I can see how guided imagery can be difficult to handle and create more anxiety. I can also see how it could be helpful when done in a safe way.
Do you have any suggestions or thoughts on how to teach guided imagery to a person with a history of trauma?
It feels so good to connect with you all once again. I’ve been wondering: how is your self-talk these days?
I’m asking because as you probably already know, we engage in self-talk countless times a day, usually with little to no awareness that we’re doing this. Our self-talk creates an endless stream of affirmations that can either help or hinder us.
"Here I share what my ancestors have left me, what my family has gifted me, and what I have learned from living with the certainty that magic exists. I hope that you always have joy and peace in your life." -- Caroline E. Ortiz MPH MSN RN NC-BC
"A continuación les comparto lo que me han dejado mis ancestros, lo que me ha brindado mi familia, y lo que he aprendido al vivir con la certeza de que la magia existe. Deseo que siempre tengan gozo y paz en su vida." -- Carolina E. Ortiz MPH MSN RN NC-BC
Okay, we know what we’re about to say sounds over the top, but everyone around here is jumping for joy and popping with pride to introduce Caroline E. Ortiz, MPH MSN RN NC-BC, the translator, narrator, guardian angel and all-round Goddess-Protector of our brand-new Spanish Series, with her first recording, Una Meditación Guiada Para Relajación Y Bienestar.
Here are some questions we’ve gotten about menopause. Lest this laundry list of symptoms gets you thinking this phase of life is nothing but the complete pits, let me just insert a reminder that there are two sides to this coin. Yes, there may be hot flashes, night sweats, interrupted sleep; possibly some weight gain, loss of sexual interest, anxiety about aging, depression… (although some will escape all of the above).
But there can just as likely be a sense of liberation, empowerment, renewed creativity, and a redefinition of self: more focus on being a voice to be heard, as opposed to something to look at admiringly.
In the past few weeks, we've received a flood of questions about COVID-19 and what audios we recommend to help deal with the nerves and anxiety produced by this outbreak.
"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.
Even the holly jolliest of us can get a little overwhelmed during the holiday season. If you slip into Grinch mode before Thanksgiving and stay there until after Valentine's Day, though, you might actually be feeling SAD.
Well, it’s here and ready for release to the general public - Maurine Killough’s terrific new Guided Imagery for Embracing a New Medicine!
Maurine is a Certified Guided Imagery Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotist working with clients in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She weaves imagery techniques with hypnosis and other approaches, to help people overcome challenges like stress, trauma, performance anxiety, and self-esteem issues. She also leads weekly meditation groups.
When people fully embrace their treatment, whether that takes the form of pills or chemo or shots or skin patches, they add extra impetus to the healing action of their medicine.
Guided imagery designed with just that purpose in mind – to help people wholeheartedly welcome a new medication into their bodies – can make a difference, because it can cohere the deep power of the whole person - mind, body, and spirit - to squeeze every ounce of benefit out of that medicine.