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11 Aug

Okay, so unless I and hordes of others are being pranked by this video, there seems to be some serious kissy-face behavior going on here between a kitten and a dolphin. 

Could this be?
And if it is, surely it begs the question:  if a kitten and a dolphin can get along this well and play so nicely together, is there hope for us humans doing a better job of it?

View the Cat - Dolphin video.

08 Aug

This was just posted on Amazon, and it’s a great reminder of how important it is to give guided imagery time to work its way into your psyche and have the desired impact, especially if you’re a hyper-adrenergized combat vet or general trauma survivor, who cannot get into it at first, because of being so vigilant and hyper-alert (and for good reason – you’re in a survival-based, biochemically induced alarm state, for heaven’s sake, and it doesn’t feel safe to relax at first….)  So please read this and remember to give it a little time.  You’ll be glad you did.  

Here’s the post:
This review is from: Meditations to Relieve Stress (Audio CD)

I really like all the CD's she has produced in this series.

I have shared these with others who weren't so enthused.  I think the difference was I was first introduced to these in a group therapy program.  It took until I had sat through one of the CD's before I could relax enough to let the program work.

This was done at a VA Medical Center and it was my fellow vets that helped me drop my guard enough for the program to work.

01 Aug

Imagery is the perfect resource for people incarcerated in prison – what better activity for people trapped in time and space, than to travel in their imaginations?  Many inmates are motivated to change and grow during this time.
It turns out, we get requests for CDs from prisoners all the time.  We’re happy to send them. This moving thank you note from a man with severe mental illness, guilty of committing four homicides 19 years ago, demonstrates the power and value of imagery in this setting.  It’s very eloquent and touching.

Dear Belleruth,

Thank you does not describe the deep gratitude I feel for your beautiful Anger/Forgiveness CD.  Every time I listen to it, I feel like I’m listening to a great friend.  I’ve been listening to it for about 2 months, 2-3 times a day.

I am a 60-year-old African American male.  I have been incarcerated in the [a secure psychiatric hospital] for almost 19 years for committing 4 homicides. My actions affected the lives of 4 different families for the rest of their lives, their friends, their communities.  I cannot go back and change it.

21 Jul

Here is a wonderful post that appeared on the blog of a Registered Dietician and Wellness Coach named Chere Bork.  It’s from Terry, an oncology nurse who uses guided imagery as part of her daily wellness regimen, for stress reduction and weight loss.  She credits guided imagery when she answers friends and colleagues who ask how she manages to do everything she does.  Check it out:
I came across guided imagery several years ago working as an oncology nurse with patients getting chemo and radiation treatments. The patients were provided with guided imagery CD’s. I started to listen to see what we were giving them. I found it so helpful to myself, that I bought a stress reduction CD. I have listened to this for years. More recently, I am using a weight loss CD.

18 Jul

We got this email from a woman who described her experiences with guided imagery for pregnancy and delivery, under a wide variety of circumstances, for several pregnancies and deliveries.  As you can see, this has been sitting in our files for a while – she’s talking about using cassettes!

She writes:

When I was pregnant with my first child, I used your pregnancy and labor cassettes throughout my pregnancy.  I had the labor affirmations on repeat play during my whole delivery and had a wonderful, drug free, birth experience.

I got pregnant again a year after my son was born and miscarried. We were devastated. I was hesitant to listen to the tapes when I got pregnant again a few months later, as I knew there was the line about knowing when it is time to let go.

11 Jul

Here’s a wonderful example of how one man’s intuitively based, spontaneous imagery healed his past and helped him dramatically with what had been his difficulty making decisions.

Actually, I’ve heard a lot of stories like this one, especially when I was working on my second book, Your Sixth Sense, which was on intuition and imagery.  

I love Wolf’s story – it’s fresh, altogether inspired and ingeniously healing. The best stuff can just pop like this into people’s heads from their innermost, smartest self...or perhaps from someplace way smarter than that.  

In any case, he didn’t orchestrate it.  It just showed up… and, as it happens, did some heavy lifting for him.

04 Jul

For those of you over 50 who are avoiding that dreaded colonoscopy appointment, this hilarious piece by Pulitzer-winning humorist, Dave Barry, just might get you laughing your way into the procedure room. This is why we decided that this qualifies as an Inspiring Story. We found this on a blog, cleverly named “semicolon”, that offers advice and survivor wisdom to those struggling with colon cancer, (I assume the blogger had a chunk of colon removed, and thus the “semi” moniker).
So, here is the piece.  Enjoy!  And for heaven’s sake, get your check-up – it’s not so bad!

27 Jun

A woman writes on her blog how, unbeknownst to her, she’d been integrating her guided imagery practice into her whole way of being, and now no longer needed the external tools.  (This is very typical of how an immersive technique like guided imagery can sneak up on you, very subtly or incrementally and surprise you with a sudden awareness of completely integrated progress. It also has a way of sinking in and getting solidified while you’re taking a break from it.)  She describes her epiphany thusly:

I had a strange revelation while walking today. You see, for several years while I was stressed out and depressed, I took great comfort in my walks.  I walked year round. My walks along the creek were one of the few things that truly calmed me and brought me some peace of mind. For years I have always listened to a tape by Belleruth Naperstak [sic] (yes - her real name). Belleruth is a therapist who believes in visualization and has created a series of tapes/cds on a variety of topics. The idea is that you visualize where you want to be and this convinces your subconscious to head in that direction.
21 Jun

We got this email a while ago from a man coping with fibromyalgia, who got help for pain by using his own persistence and ingenuity.  His latest addition to his FM toolkit was finding meditation for fibromyalgia, using mindfulness.  Here are his own words:
As someone who has suffered from the chronic pain of fibromyalgia, I can definitively say that it can feel quite lonely. People can be judgmental and unsympathetic, as if we were making these symptoms up.  I have been over-medicated with painkillers and anti-depressants in the past, and I have been told that it’s all in my head. I have fired my fair share of doctors, and now I have competent, understanding medical care.

09 Jun

And speaking of preemies, a friend passed this story along to us.  It’s very moving.  As you read it, you may feel it’s just too good to be true, but I’ve learned over the years that a lot of real things that actually happen seem too good to be true.  Check it out.  

Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling.
They found out that the new baby was going be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sang to his sister in mommy's tummy.  He was building a bond of love with his little sister before he even met her.