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Kids in Youth Corrections Learn Meditation, Tai Chi, Guided Imagery

13 May

I am a counselor who works in youth corrections.  Many of our kids come from homes filled with abuse and neglect.  They are very troubled, sad and angry.  Because of their backgrounds and histories of inadequate parenting from their mothers and fathers, they lack skills in self-calming, even though that is what they need more than anything else.  

These traumatized preteens and teens respond very well to meditation, tai chi, spirituality group and guided imagery, and I even use BR’s recordings for a group before they go to bed.   It reaches them and settles them down in a very dramatic way.  I want others to know about this, because these kids look like the most unlikely meditators and imagery-users in the world.

John Davis Hansen, MSW

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award