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Well, Wow! It’s been an eventful year, seeing major, across-the-board changes - to the way our company is run, the kind of staff we’re hiring, the platforms we’ve built, the organizations we serve, and the audios we produce.

We’ve put substantial focus on apps and web based streaming pages – by early 2019, we’ll have streamlined and updated all the ways we can deliver guided imagery and meditation to individual end-users and companies, on phones, players, desktops, bedside tablets, TV screens, or whatever device is used. 

Hello,

Is there any help for profound grief?

-James

Dear Belleruth:

I have been on the cancer journey for over 18 months now trying to do everything right and just got some terrible news. I have been crushed, confused, stressed. I decided to try an alternative medicine immunotherapy and my naturopath recommended your guided visualization. I need something that will help me overcome this stress, relax, and boost my immunity. Can you make a recommendation?

Here’s a marvelous piece my good friend Emmett Miller wrote about the power of words, and how, in his adolescence, he indoctrinated himself with an idea he badly needed. Intuitively, he just knew what to do. It’s a wonderful teaching story. I just love it for being a classic example of how kids somehow really know how to bring themselves up. Check it out – he writes here:

 

It makes sense that guided imagery and hypnosis would be a go-to intervention of the first order for TMJ disorders, which can go from mere unpleasantness all the way to serious debilitation.

After all, we’re talking about muscle tension, pain, swelling, tightness, aches and general discomfort around the jaw, ears, face, head and neck.

 

By 1975, a now classic University of Chicago study was in place at the Illinois Bell Telephone Company. It asked the question, who stays well and does well, in spite of high levels of stress.

To answer the question, they began following 430 supervisors, managers and executives, each year collecting questionnaires, psychological tests, interview data, performance evaluations and medical exams.

Oh, the Things that Drive Us Nuts at Work!

What drives us crazy at work and keeps us from being our brilliant, productive selves there?

The answers haven’t changed much over the years: sheer workload, killer deadlines, feeling undervalued, having to do dumb work, or other peoples’ work, or work that goes wasted.

Dr. Traci Stein has been creating exceptional audios for Health Journeys for 8 years now, and for good reason - she is a mindfulness maven and master of behavioral change.  This week on the blog, she shares some of her favorite tips for taking better care of yourself this time of year. 

Dear BR,

I have been listening to a particular meditation/guided imagery CD for several months and wanted to try another. I found yours "Meditation to Help You Fight Cancer" - I have a breast cancer recurrence and ordered a copy. Unfortunately, I find I can't concentrate on it. My mind keeps wandering away; that doesn't happen with the other CD. I have tried to determine what is the problem; and the best I can come up with is the music is too upbeat to be relaxing for me, and there aren't enough pauses, or they aren't long enough. It's also true that the music is too loud and overpowers the voice. Part of the spoken message also speaks of "creating energy" when, in fact, what I want is to relax and be calm, not more energized.

Is there any chance that you will be producing a CD in the not-too-distant future concerning overcoming phobias?