We got this question from someone who attended the awesome Healing Beyond Borders conference.
She’d had an uncomfortable response to a guided imagery experience that I’d introduced to the whole room. Where most everyone had a positive, healing, sometimes deeply moving experience, she “came back” from the altered state cranky, irritable and troubled. She wonders what that was all about and how to deal with it.
A depressed paramedic who has experienced multiple traumatic events, from an abusive mother in childhood through an abusive wife in adulthood, wonders what guided imagery he should listen to first.
We make some suggestions, but also suggest some counseling or joining a support group for releasing some repeating patterns with abusive relationships . Read on:
We got this unusual question from a naturopath about her husband, who has a rare condition called hyperacusis. He hears everything much louder than normal, due to a glitch in the cerebral cortex. She wonders how then he can listen to guided imagery and which one. Check it out.
My husband has an unusual condition called Hyperacusis. He hears everything much louder than normal and always has a loud noise in his brain. The doctors say it actually is a brain condition in the cerebral cortex. It has affected his nervous system. There is more on hyperacusis.net.
My question is, could the PTSD guided imagery possibly help. He can not use headphones but might be able to listen at an extremely low volume. I just don't know which CD to purchase for this. I am a naturopath and have been using your techniques for many years with clients. Your input will be greatly appreciated
We got this unusual, very interesting question from one of our readers, and thought we’d share it. She knows she turns people off in social situations, but doesn’t know why or how to stop it and start doing something else. Check it out.
I feel like I’m the opposite of the introverted, socially avoidant person who sidesteps rejection by shying away from people. I’m so outgoing, I turn people off by over-talking and thrusting myself into the middle of everything.
How can I moderate my need to be with people with more subtle, acceptable behavior? I’m in my forties. Is it too late?
A health educator who leads group guided meditations at a non-profit wellness center, reports that he has not received any formal training in mind-body approaches, and mainly just “wings it”. He wants to know where he can learn more about guided imagery. He writes:
I heard your keynote at a conference and was impressed with the whole idea of guided imagery exercises. I work as a health educator in a non-profit wellness center and have been leading group guided meditations.I have found some resources and done some reading, but mainly I just wing-it.
Sometimes a complicated question deserves a complicated answer. And sometimes what a person appears to be asking is just the tip of the iceberg and not what she’s really concerned about.
And finally, sometimes, it actually helps to be an experienced therapist to know the difference. This wonderful question comes from a therapist herself, who is bravely moving forward with her life, in spite of a lot of trauma, pain and injury. Read on!
A woman wonders whether we have guided imagery for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a challenging condition that she’s been dealing with for decades. She also asks for her eighteen-year-old son, who also suffers from OCD, anxiety, fears & phobias, etc.
Do you have a CD for OCD?
I suffer from it, as does my 18 year old son. Over the years, I have gotten relief through medication and CBT. [Ed. Note: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy], but I am always looking for additional tools.
My son has had a more difficult time than I. He was less successful with CBT. I am especially interested in finding something for him.
Thank you for whatever feedback you have for us.
Depending where you live, kids are gearing up to go back to school or already are in classes. No matter which case, we continue to get queries about what works best for anxious middle schoolers, distressed over the start of the school year and the thought of entering a larger, more complex and intimidating system. This "Ask Health Journeys" post should be a great resource for families with kids in this situation.
Hi Health Journeys,
Could you please, please, please do a program on meditation for teens? The only ones I can find have the most awful, phony voices. My daughter has been listening to you at bedtime for years. She loves your voice and music (as do I).
But a lot of meditation, mindfulness and anxiety recordings I've found are either condescending, phony-sounding, or use vocabulary that's too sophisticated for a teen, so she ends up worrying about whether she understands it or not.
Please - just a simple one for self-acceptance, letting go of what other people think about her and understanding life's complicated questions...
Dear Health Journeys,
I am interested in your audio program for Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus (SLE). I have Lupus but also several associated autoimmune syndromes.
However, while joint inflammation is sometimes present, it has mostly been more manageable than some of my other challenges, which are intense Sjogren's symptoms, malaise & achiness, flu-like feelings, sleep problems, night sweats, queasiness, rashes, fogginess, and times of depression and anxiety that spike with my disease activity.
I am interested in guided meditation that would emphasize a calming and balancing of the immune system as a whole, and for my mind, body and spirit. Please let me know if you think your program would be suitable.