Update from Health Journeys
"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.
Almost 1 year ago today (May 20, 2019 to be exact), our beautiful, long-awaited streaming app was born, a doting parents’ dream come true.
We finally could make it super-easy for everyone to access our guided imagery & meditations on smartphones & tablets, and we knew that by creating a subscription option, our entire library of 250+ meditations could be enjoyed without breaking anyone’s bank.
Hello! Belleruth Naparstek here – clinical social worker and founder of Health Journeys. We’ve been producing and distributing evidence-based, psychologically sophisticated and medically accurate guided imagery and meditation audios by foremost leaders in the mind-body field since 1991, when (trust me) it was not such a cool thing to be doing the way it is now.
Anyway, I’m here to say: This, People, is Nurse Appreciation Month!
Now. Let it be known that we’ve always been nuts about nurses, every month of the year; and for years we’ve celebrated Nurses in May. So, it’s wonderful that the rest of the world has noticed the amazingness of nurses and is applauding what they do for the rest of us - with historic, unfettered enthusiasm and appreciation - thanks to their all-in response to caring for people slammed by this vicious virus, but – just sayin’ – nursing greatness is not news to us, and we’re no fly-by-night fans.
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.
We found this article in Spirituality and Health by self-confessed introvert, S. Rufus, to be really smart, fun, well written, insightful and resonant, reflecting thoughts we’ve had, too. And because we couldn’t figure out how to improve upon it, we’re just sharing it with you here.
So, what are you – introvert or extrovert? And how do these pointers strike you?
For loners, recluses, and other solitary types such as myself, sheltering-in-place feels natural and normal.
However scary other aspects of this pandemic might be, for us, this aspect isn't.
I was in the underground garage, walking up the ramp leading to the door of my building when a middle-aged man and woman opened the door to come out.
I backed down the ramp to give them ample room to pass me (read: 6 feet or better). The man stayed by the door while the woman continued to move towards me. I gestured her to allow me a wider berth, which she did with a nice smile.
Okay, it’s here!!
Guided Imagery for Resisting and Preventing Viral Infection by mind-body pioneer (and extremely good guy), Emmett Miller MD, has been edited, equalized, de-essed, de-popped, re-spaced, newly balanced, mixed, bounced, compressed, amplified and possibly even sanctified for all I know.
It’s now ready for dispatch to anyone interested in elevating their immune system and warding off this nasty virus and any others.
Our team, working and meeting virtually, (but for one plucky rotating staffer, who shows up daily to mail out actual things that have mass and exist in real space - like CDs, Playaways, sleep masks and N.O.W. tone therapy peace pucks - wishes you well. Our new mantra/blessing?)
- May you be present.
- May you be kind.
- May you be well.
- May you be at peace.
And we’re committed to doing everything we can to help support those healing mind-states.
It’s that time of the year, when by some estimates, more than three-quarters of us have given up on our New Year’s Resolutions. Some of the most common changes we aim to make are to quit smoking, eat better and exercise more. Other goals may involve starting (or completing) an important personal project, making more of an effort to get together with friends, and perhaps vowing to set healthier limits with people who take more from us than they give.
We set these goals for ourselves because we believe that they will make us better in some way – happier, healthier, more productive, and so forth. And yet, most of us quickly get discouraged and slip back into familiar patterns that feel easier in the short term but prevent us from getting to where we really want to go.
Every now and then we get lucky and Emmett Miller MD agrees to develop some guided imagery for us – this time it’s for bone health – osteoporosis and osteopenia – something you’ve been repeatedly requesting for a long time.
Emmett is arguably the first and foremost pioneer of medically based and psychologically sound guided imagery.