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  1. Veteran-Friendly Guided Imagery Adopted in Scores of VA Hospitals!!!

    Veteran-Friendly Guided Imagery Adopted in Scores of VA Hospitals!!!

    I keep thinking the Nineties were just a few years ago, but no, it’s been almost 30 years since we first started providing guided imagery to VA facilities. And boy, have things changed since then.

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  2. Helping College Students Succeed With Guided Imagery

    Helping College Students Succeed With Guided Imagery

    A few years ago, Laureen Campana, RN, MPH, NP, then President-Elect of HSACCC (the Health Services Association of the California Community College system), and coordinator of student health at Columbia College, approached me after a session of guided imagery training I’d given at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine’s post-doc fellowship program at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

    Part of my talk showed the research on how guided imagery and meditation were associated with significantly reduced stress, anxiety, depression; and improved sleep, concentration, and performance.

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  3. How One VA Hospital Sold Its Veterans & Staff on Guided Imagery

    How One VA Hospital Sold Its Veterans & Staff on Guided Imagery

    We want to give a full, noisy, enthusiastic shoutout to the Hines V.A. Hospital in the Chicago area, for being the very first VAMC to offer a customized streaming page of guided imagery and meditation audios – private, portable, and accessible 24/7 - to Iraq and Afghanistan war Veterans and their families. The streaming page and the program are called Veterans for Wellness.

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  4. V.A. to Launch FREE, 6-Session Guided Imagery Certificate Training Course, System-Wide!

    V.A. to Launch FREE, 6-Session Guided Imagery  Certificate Training Course, System-Wide!

    This week the V.A. is rolling out an introductory video course in Guided Imagery, the prelude to a 6-session, comprehensive course that will be available FREE to any employee in the entire system, and – get this! – soon to the general professional community as well 

    It looks like it will deliver somewhere around 9 contact hours of CECs (10.5 with the intro), to physicians, social workers, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, dentists, dieticians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and kinesthesiologists. 

    Now, we’ve always seen hot spots of intense enthusiasm for guided imagery in VA’s around the US, and we’ve been shipping guided imagery audios, streaming pages and Playaways to VAMC’s since 1993. But this level of full-blown, system-wide VA support?? UNPRECEDENTED! For us, it’s a dream come true…in fact, I honestly never thought I’d see the day. 

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  5. Our Beauteous New App - Intuitive, Brilliant, Easy-Peasy… And Everything It Took to Get Us There….

    Our Beauteous New App - Intuitive, Brilliant, Easy-Peasy… And Everything It Took to Get Us There….

    Yes, Dear Reader. It’s a Moment.   

    We are deeply stoked to have a fresh new app that provides quick and easy access to our razzle-dazzle roster of world-class experts & practitioners. Our primo content that targets specific health and mental health challenges finally has a gorgeous first-rate, state-of-the-art home – a dispensary if you will - that’s worthy of it. 

    This app is the apotheosis of our whole journey through all sorts of digital audio delivery systems since 1990, and it got us thinking about how the heck we got here. Our story reflects the way audio itself has developed at a dizzying pace worldwide over the past 3 decades, and we think it’s pretty astounding.  

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  6. How to Talk to Your Kids About Back-to-School Anxiety - Tips From an Old Deep-Dish Psychotherapist

    How to Talk to Your Kids About Back-to-School Anxiety - Tips From an Old Deep-Dish Psychotherapist

    Hello and warm wishes to all parents and guardians of school age children, from pre-school to college!!!

    I want to suggest a way to talk with your kids, to ease garden-variety anxiety about going back to school. It can come in handy with or without a pandemic, but with a pandemic, it’s especially useful.

    None of this is terribly original and most of it consists of repurposed therapy skills. But it can come in handy, and maybe you’ll get some fresh perspective in here. As always, I count on you to take what you can use and chuck the rest. 

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  7. Surprise: Yoga Nidra Looks More Like Sleeping Than Yoga

    Surprise: Yoga Nidra Looks More Like Sleeping Than Yoga

    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.

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  8. 7 Steps for Unknowingly Progressing into a Pattern of Domestic Violence

    7 Steps for Unknowingly Progressing into a Pattern of Domestic Violence

    There’s been a dramatic rise in domestic violence over the past year and a half, much of the spike connected to pandemic-related increases in unemployment, drinking, confinement and isolation.

    It can affect anyone. Don’t think it’s confined to poor women with low-paying jobs in underserved neighborhoods, although they certainly get their share. This is an equal-opportunity nightmare, and there’s no one demographic profile, except that 4 times out of 5 it's a woman and she's most likely between the ages of 18-34.

    But there is a general progressive pattern to an abusive relationship, and that's what I want to describe here, because, odd as it sounds, battered partners don’t always think of themselves as battered.

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  9. Meet the Beloved Meditation Player for Kids That Looks Like a Turtle!!

    Meet the Beloved Meditation Player for Kids That Looks Like a Turtle!!

    Yep, it looks like a turtle but it’s a perfectly designed player, loaded with age-appropriate, brief meditations for kids, to help them with relaxation, sleep, everyday stressors, and lots more.

    Don’t be surprised if your kid takes it everywhere, like a new best friend.

    Zenimal Kids+ is a screen-free device (Yes! You read that right, Dear Parent - screen-free!) that looks like a turtle (only huggable).

    The simple design on its soft, protective underbelly has buttons with icons to easily identify the 9 different guided meditations loaded within - 3-15 minutes long, and designed to encourage calm, compassion, creativity, gratitude, awareness, empathy, focus and sleep, for kids of just about any age, from the adorable little squeezer in the picture to a sophisticated, world-weary 11-year-old. 

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  10. Amy’s Story: How I Finally Got Rid of My Repeating Traumatic Nightmare (Clue: Angela Lansbury Has Something to Do with It)

    Amy’s Story: How I Finally Got Rid of My Repeating Traumatic Nightmare (Clue: Angela Lansbury Has Something to Do with It)

    Amy Culberg, the well-known writer and humorist with a diehard following, (myself among them) has a powerful teaching story to tell about how she banished a repeating nightmare that had plagued and exhausted her for years. 

    I love this story because it broadcasts the very empowering truth that there are ways to kick those hideous nightmares to the curb – and in weeks, not months.

    Nightmares from posttraumatic stress are nothing like regular, garden-variety, scary dreams – they don’t shift or change, degrade or fade over time. Nope, they stay the same, and remain as vivid and contemporaneous every miserable time.

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