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04 May

We got this funny, appreciative and very enthusiastic email last week from a nurse who was able to benefit from guided imagery for surgery, pain and sleep, and then weight loss, to the tune of dropping 40 pounds.
 
Guided imagery may not be for everyone, but clearly this particular woman has found her go-to intervention!

Belleruth,

I was introduced to your guided imagery by my therapist. She is the only one with whom I have ever made significant changes, and she taught me so many valuable things to navigate life.

I used your surgery and pain management recordings while undergoing life altering medical stuff. It was a great help in calming the freak-out factor.

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Then the sleep work was fabulous, because the insomnia was taking me over!

But the reason I am writing today is that yesterday I hit my weight loss goal of 40 pounds. This is tremendous for me. Not only is the weight off, I am calm and "better for this".

By the way you address that place in my mind (I could point to it!) I am just losing weight and not having to take on the task as a part-time job. The re-programming is working!  And with the added bonus of sleep.

So a big thank you for your commitment to mental health and expansion.  I am a nurse and talk to those who are interested like a converted whore!

So know that if I were a puppy I would have my whole body wagging.
Nancy M., aka Madge

28 Apr

Okay, so shoot me.  I’m a sucker for these international talent shows, where some unlikely contestant opens his or her mouth and just knocks it out of the park.  Check out this little kid. Amira Willighaven is only 9 years old and has no musical training – she just mimics what she sees and hears on youtube.

Here she sings 'O Mio Babbino Caro' on the TV show, Holland's Got Talent, delivering a jaw-dropping performance.  She ultimately wins the sweeps.  Check it out!

20 Apr

A woman is shocked to learn that her “benign” lump is a stage two cancerous thyroid gland, and endures the added distress of hypothyroidism while she undergoes treatment.

But imagery helps her enormously.  Here are her own words:

“Hi -- a little more than a year ago, I was wheeled into surgery for what we all thought was a routine removal of a benign lump on my thyroid. But when I came out of that surgery, it was without a thyroid and with the designation "cancer survivor,"

That "benign" lump was actually a malignant tumor, stage two. The shock of that, not to mention the severe hypothyroidism I had to endure during treatment in the weeks following the surgery was miserable.   I'd never been so tired or in so much pain in my life.   

A friend recommended the "cancer pack" and the vivid imageries, visualizations and guided meditations helped enormously.

For periods after listening to the program, I had enough energy to function and was even able to keep a positive outlook (for the most part) throughout the process.

Thank you for the wonderful program -- I'm going to order the relaxation programs shortly to deal with excess stress in my life.   God bless.

Virginia P.
15 Apr

We got this exquisite, heroic message a few years ago, in response to my email request for input when I was writing the Caregiver Stress imagery a few years ago.  

I recently came across it and again marveled at the beauty, wisdom, self-awareness and courage of this rock star of a mother – it’s an essential manual for anyone facing similar, heartbreaking circumstances.  

She helped me enormously with writing the narrative I eventually recorded, but more importantly, she’s just such a dazzling role model, who offers such excellent advice, even though she’s not trying to give it.

08 Apr

We got this happy email from an excited practitioner, who created her own combo of techniques and ingredients to help a support group of women with fertility challenges.  

We do not necessarily subscribe to simple psychological explanations for fertility issues, (and for a full explanation of all that may be involved, please check out Victoria Maizes’ book, Be Fruitful.

But here is her exuberant note, just the same:

All through the fall, I had a support group with women who were experiencing infertility.  I played a smattering of tapes in my library, each of the weeks we met, to give them a flavor of how they could use their powerful minds to help alter their vision of themselves and their bodies.

In addition, I introduced them to polarity and cranio-sacral therapy. One of the practitioners in my practice offers this treatment as a way to expand energy channels and resolve blockages.

Angie (not her real name) took advantage of this treatment (4-6 times) as well as weekly massages and became pregnant in an IVF cycle a couple of months ago. The practitioner was able to identify and resolve some of the "body memories" that Angie held from childhood that may have been interfering with her ability to retain pregnancies (she had 4 miscarriages). Although she's still "cautiously optimistic" she's still pregnant (she had some scares) and is due in June/July.

Yay for integrative practices and mind-opening therapies!

Susan

30 Mar

Hello. I am a trauma survivor, the kind that is the most seasoned from early life abuse and patterns of self-destructive behavior. Although the acting out ended decades ago, I am truly impressed at how much work it is to heal from this kind of trauma which is related to my sexuality.

I'm writing mainly to say a deep, heartfelt THANK YOU to Belleruth for helping me find genuine relief and therapy through her book and guided imagery for trauma survivors.

I say ‘better late than never’ as it took this long to find what soothes and heals the wounds. I have also found refuge in Sudarshan Kriya Yoga, which is used for war veterans to regulate their breathing and hormone levels related to PTSD.

24 Mar

Dear BR,
I was given your audio for surgery and also for cancer. Following 9 hours of surgery for Stage IV ovarian cancer, I also had 10 months of chemotherapy.  

I listened to the cancer imagery twice a day, every day – once to the guided imagery track and once to the affirmations. I believe this was a critical piece of my healing.

I am now cancer-free and am watching the Bernie Siegel video, Affirmations for Living Beyond Cancer.  I plan to continue my devotional regime, using these titles, as I am confident that this ongoing work on my part will be critical in keeping me cancer-free.  I intend to live a very long, long time.

Thank you for creating these resources.  I’m delighted that they are being used in more and more hospitals and other settings.  

Sincerely,
Karen I.

17 Mar

This 5K happened last summer, but the hero is awesome and the story is timeless.  It takes a very special kind of person to let go of striving to win, right smack in the middle of a competition, in order to look after a kid.  Check this out. Here’s the piece from the Huffington Post.

While running in The Jeff Drench Memorial 5K in Charlevoix, Mich., Lance Corporal Myles Kerr stopped to help out a young boy struggling to finish the race. Kerr, 19, put aside his ambition to beat his fellow Marines and instead helped motivate 9 year-old Brandon Fuchs, who lost his party during the race, to make it to the finish line.

According to the 5K results online, the Marine ended up with the slowest time in his age group.

10 Mar

We posted this note and poem by the indomitable and multi-talented Margaret Dubay Mikus years ago, and recently came across it again – it sure is worth posting again.  

Since the time she wrote this, she has gone on to further flesh out her exquisite Full Blooming website, where she inspires and empowers scores of people in tough circumstances, temporarily in need of a little extra hope and moxie.   

Here it is again:

A poet with a PhD in molecular genetics, has a recurrence of breast cancer and finds out she carries the “breast cancer gene”, the BRCA2 mutation, and, after much deliberation, opts for a bilateral mastectomy, plus removal of her ovaries and Fallopian tubes.  We don’t have the space here to tell the whole story of her amazing, courageous, bumpy ride, but we can publish her wonderful poem and her thank you letter to friends, family and caregivers after her surgery.  You can learn more about Margaret Dubay Mikus and enjoy her inspiring poetry and photography here.

03 Mar

When an 11-year-old boy sat at a bus stop without a jacket in Oslo, Norway, hidden cameras captured a series of very special moments.
 
The experiment was filmed by the Norwegian branch of the SOS Children's Villages International charity as part of a campaign to provide warm clothing for displaced children in Syria, according to The Nordic Page.
 
In the video, the majority of bystanders offer coats, scarves or gloves to the boy.

"People should care as much about children in Syria as they care about this boy," Synne Ronning, the information head of SOS Children's Villages Norway, told The Local. She also noted that the child was a volunteer who was never in any danger during the filming.

You can learn more about SOS Children's Villages International by clicking here.