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.
We got this question from a man suffering from CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease connected with a history of multiple concussions. It’s recently been confirmed that football players and boxers get it a lot, and, sadly, CTE accounts for some sad life trajectories into violence and suicide.
We got an email from a woman asking what kind of guided meditation or mind-body intervention to get for her brother, who has a bad case of eczema. She thinks it’s exacerbated by stress. We definitely had some suggestions for her.
Do you have an audio or two to suggest for someone with severe eczema? I’m asking for my brother, who is 44. We both believe it is induced by stress, both the long and short term variety.
Thanks for any ideas you might have,
An adult survivor of childhood abuse wonders if guided imagery can help her, with her diagnosis of complex PTSD, layered over many years; and if so, which should she listen to, given the limitations of her budget.
Read on as she tells her story and asks her question...
Talk about feeling vulnerable twice over! This question came from a woman who loses her speech in stressful situations, probably brought on by the death of her spouse. As I say in the reply, this is a situation made to order for generating panic attacks, and she’s got enough trouble as it is. Check it out – this reaction is more common than you might think.