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Woman organized a guided imagery program for prison inmates.

22 Dec
We recently heard from a woman in prison, who organized a weekly guided imagery and journaling group for ten of her fellow inmates, a program that has become hugely successful and popular..
We recently heard from a woman in prison, who, with the support of her social worker, organized a weekly guided imagery and journaling group for her fellow inmates. The group listens to a guided meditation together (chosen from a library of donated CDs) and then discuss their reactions to it. After that, they write about something - a feeling, memory, wish or hope - that the imagery or meditation catalyzed within them.

The group has been meeting for five months, and, according to its founder, has been a wonderful experience for all concerned. Among other things, she now knows she’s a leader, something that came as a surprise to her.

She reports that attendance is near perfect, and there are so many other inmates wanting to get in, that she is seeing about starting another group. She and the social worker decided to keep membership limited to ten women, so as not to lose the power of the intimacy they’ve established.

So it looks like there will soon be at least two of these groups. To which we say, nicely done and ‘way to go!
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