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  1. Type 2 Diabetes, Guided Imagery, & the Hispanic Connection

    Type 2 Diabetes, Guided Imagery, & the Hispanic Connection

    I’ve known my good friend, Dr. Jane Jeffrie Seley, DNP, MPH, BC-ADM, CDCES, for over 25 years. She’s a dedicated nurse, professor and researcher, a creative program innovator, and a die-hard health care advocate, provider, and counselor, who’s spent decades showing people with diabetes how to optimize their health, reduce their symptoms, and take ownership of self-care. This is my friend’s passion.

    Over the years, I’ve seen her, time and again, go the extra mile (or two… or ten…) for patients and their families. She’ll literally stop what she’s doing to give whatever time, effort or advice is needed from her monsta supply of expertise. For Jane, it’s never been about the honors, positions, awards, degrees, or revenue she’s earned. It’s always about the patient – whether rich or poor, old or young, motivated or utterly dispirited, my dynamo pal Jane is all in.

    Here she is, talking about guided imagery, diabetes, and some of the unique challenges encountered in Hispanic and Latinx communities.

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  2. Alone, Lonely, or Cut Off Altogether – How Isolated Have You Been Feeling?

    Alone, Lonely, or Cut Off Altogether – How Isolated Have You Been Feeling?

    Well, it’s been a whole year now since we all retreated from our normal social lives to protect ourselves from COVID-19. So, I’ve got to ask: how are you doing?

    Now, admittedly, some people are deep-dish introverts who, before this past year, never could cadge enough alone-time to ponder, reflect, absorb or process the day’s events and their own thinking about them. Those folks are stressed when they don’t have enough time away from others.

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  3. Is Graceful Aging Even Possible? Here’s What the Bodacious *Nancy Aronie* Has to Say about That…

    Is Graceful Aging Even Possible? Here’s What the Bodacious *Nancy Aronie* Has to Say about That…

    Behold some girlfriends appreciating each other. Just so you know, the fabulous dame in the middle is a yoga instructor named Bonnie Menton, and she’s well over 100 years old. Which leads me to our quest. Stay with me here:

    For some time now, we’ve been asking talented friends and colleagues if they’d consider taking a crack at creating some guided imagery for aging – a topic that generates a lot of requests from our readers in the over 50 age group.

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  4. Binaural Beats - A Force Multiplier for Increasing the Impact of Guided Imagery & Meditation

    Binaural Beats - A Force Multiplier for Increasing the Impact of Guided Imagery & Meditation

    Personal disclosure alert: I am not a naturally “Zen” person (many people do not believe me when I say this). My brain is constantly juggling everything on my to-list – observing, planning and making meaning of the nearly infinite amount of information we are all taking in both consciously and unconsciously, each day.

    Rather than a “calm, blue sea of tranquility,” my mind can often resemble more of the proverbial “monkey mind,” as its natural state is to observe, analyze, mull over, reimagine, and so forth. Which can make it a lot more challenging to tune out mental chatter and get a good night’s sleep.

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  5. Simple Supports Are Everything: 4 Great Self-Care Tools Students Can Use for Stress

    Simple Supports Are Everything: 4 Great Self-Care Tools Students Can Use for Stress

    Greetings!! I’m tickled pink to introduce Jill Blake, a health & wellness educator with 25 years of experience counseling students on dealing with stress and garden variety, day-to-day challenges of living.

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  6. 1988-1992: Using Whatever or Whoever Is at Hand :)

    1988-1992:  Using Whatever or Whoever Is at Hand :)

    Back in the late 80’s, when I was writing our first batch of 7 illness-specific guided imagery audiotapes, I felt I was on pretty solid ground with the psychological and emotional impact of a disease, but I needed expert, seasoned medical consultation on how each disease behaved in the body, all the way down to the cellular level – what got it started and how the body instinctively worked to heal it, as well as the symptoms involved, and dynamics of the treatment process.

    I knew I had to get it right, and independent research was only going to take me so far. But I had a terrible time getting physicians to talk to me about this

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  7. 1988: Pitching an Audio Get Well Card in Biz-Speak

    1988:  Pitching an Audio Get Well Card in Biz-Speak

    So, now, it’s 1988, and the Chemo guided imagery tape is still a smash hit at University Hospitals of Cleveland. By now, I’ve moved my private practice from Washington DC to NE Ohio. My husband is Dean of Case Western Reserve’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and I’m quietly seeing clients and doing my part as “The Lovely Mrs. Dean”, hosting many, many, many dinner parties and receptions.

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  8. 1987: Bullied into Making Our First Guided Imagery Tape

    1987:  Bullied into Making Our First Guided Imagery Tape

    Has it really been 30 years since we got this mind-body audio adventure rolling?  I’ve been reminiscing about our very humble beginnings.  And making what eventually became the first Health Journeys cassette tape. 

    Sometime around 1986-7, a woman I’m going to call Bonnie booked an appointment with my psychotherapy practice. She was looking for help with fighting stage 4 breast cancer and gearing up for chemotherapy.

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  9. Panic Attacks Are Treatable – Don’t Think They’re Not!

    Panic Attacks Are Treatable – Don’t Think They’re Not!

    Panic attacks are pretty common – the National Institute of Mental Health estimates they affect about 6 million adults in the US alone.

    But knowing that doesn’t make it any less disturbing when your body starts acting like you’re suddenly under a life-or-death threat, even though you’re in no imminent danger.

    One minute you’re talking to a friend or making dinner or climbing into bed for the night, and the next minute you’re shaking and sweating while your stomach and heart fight over which one gets to jump out of your body first.

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  10. Step-by-Step: Dr. Traci Stein Discusses Tools for Creating Positive Change

    Step-by-Step: Dr. Traci Stein Discusses Tools for Creating Positive Change

    A brand new year is a fine time for assessing what’s working for us and what isn’t. Sometimes this means taking stock of where we are with relationships, old patterns, our health, and how we spend our time. We can then tend to what needs nurturing, prune what belongs in the past, and sow the seeds of the changes we desire.

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