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01 Jun

Well, we've reached another milestone: the VA is now officially including guided imagery as a laudable practice for vets, after decades of VA patients and line practitioners using it anyway. (Over 90 VA hospitals and Vet Centers have been ordering guided imagery from Health Journeys since the early 90s. They always knew it worked, it was inexpensive, and it was easy to use - especially for vets who had trouble coming in for appointments.)

16 Mar

I came to Health Journeys two years ago, and I continue to be amazed at the number of people who call us to compliment Belleruth and ask us to pass on to her their feedback about the positive effect our audio programs have had on their lives and the lives of their loved ones. It’s heartwarming for us to hear these stories and pass them on to Belleruth, knowing the work we do here each day plays a part in touching peoples’ lives in this way. It’s also helpful, because it provides us with information for other people who ask for ideas about which programs to choose for certain situations.

Most of you are aware of the impact Belleruth has had on the lives of individuals, and you recognize her by her lovely, soothing voice, However, you might not be aware of the tremendous social impact her work has had, and of the contributions she has made to the field of integrative medicine. In researching National Professional Social Workers Month, I learned a lot about the mission of social workers, and how Belleruth’s accomplishments fit so well into this picture.

10 Mar
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“We are a nation of people who long for a good night’s sleep.” -  Belleruth Naparstek

The old adage, “Spring Ahead and Fall Back,” was created to help us remember which way to turn the clocks in spring and fall, to accommodate Daylight Saving Time. There is another old adage, “Easier Said than Done,” which is used to describe our feelings about losing an hour of sleep to make the change.

10 Feb
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February got off to a disappointing start this year, as Punxsutawney Phil let us down once again, predicting six more weeks of winter. That’s easy for him to say. He goes back into hibernation and we scrape ice off our windshields, shovel our driveways, push our cars and plan to move to a tropical climate. Despite the groundhog’s recent prediction, there is cause to celebrate February.

This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of American Heart Month, established in 1964 when then-president Lyndon B. Johnson signed a proclamation designating February as American Heart Month. “It is essential to the health and well-being of our nation that our citizens be made aware of the medical, social and economic aspects of the problem of cardiovascular diseases and the measures being taken to combat them,” he wrote. 

Since that proclamation, there has been one signed each year by the president, each one pointing out the importance of awareness and education about heart and cardiovascular health and recognizing the most recent strides made toward combating cardiovascular diseases, which remain the No. 1 killer of Americans, claiming more deaths each year than all cancers combined.

01 Feb
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  1. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.  When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

  2. “Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” Mark Twain

  3. “Resentment is an act of self-hatred. Resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill your enemies.” Nelson Mandela

  4. “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” John F. Kennedy

  5. “An eye for an eye will only make the world blind.” Gandhi

  6. “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness behind, and forgive my captors, I would still be in prison.” Nelson Mandela

  7. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.” Gandhi

  8. “The first time we required forgiveness, if we were fortunate, we learned that even good people sometimes do bad things, and that having someone we loved get mad at us didn’t mean they didn’t love us. We had their unconditional love and that meant we would have their forgiveness, too.” Mister Rogers, from The World According to Mister Rogers: Important things to Remember, by Fred Rogers.

  9. “Forgiving is not the same as condoning. It must be done with the greatest respect for your own readiness.” Belleruth Naparstek from her audio program Anger & Forgiveness.

  10. “Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love.” Mister Rogers, from The World According to Mister Rogers: Important things to Remember, by Fred Rogers.
26 Jan
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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Given the escalating price of a pound of cure these days, the adage, is tough to refute, particularly when you think in terms of smoke alarms and seat belts. When our grandparents said it, the phrase was usually prefaced or followed by sage advice, like, washing your hands often, brushing your teeth twice a day and eating your vegetables.

Today, it’s difficult to pick up a magazine or look at any news on TV or online without seeing this advice. We are told not only to brush twice daily, but also to floss. Numerous studies have shown that the best way to prevent flu, colds and food-borne illnesses from spreading is frequent hand-washing, and the jury has been in on the vegetable eating for some time. The recommendation to eat three servings of fruits or vegetables per day has gone up considerably, and most sources say we need at least seven servings daily.

05 Jan

We, at Health Journeys have had a very good year, thanks to you. For those of you who are new to Health Journeys, here is a brief description of our company, followed by Health Journeys’ Top Ten Titles from 2013, a list of our top selling audio programs.

Health Journeys’ founder and author of more than 60 of the company’s audio programs, Cleveland psychotherapist Belleruth Naparstek, is a guided imagery innovator. Her Health Journeys audio series has sold more than a million copies worldwide.

Health Journeys employs local talent and providers of services, such as graphics and information technology. Our audio programs are recorded at Audio Recording Studios in Northeast Ohio, the same studio where the Cleveland Orchestra is recorded, and they are produced in Ohio or North Carolina.

Telephone calls are answered by well-trained, caring staff members who go above and beyond to make customers happy. Our programs are supported by a seasoned and passionate team who consistently provide outstanding customer service, disseminate invaluable information and produce solid ideas.  Not only are our phones answered by ‘humans’ but our orders are processed promptly and shipped quickly – orders received by 1 PM are usually processed and shipped the same day.

30 Dec
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People have been making New Year’s resolutions since the time of Julius Caesar, when January got its name from Janus, the two headed god. One head looked backward at the old year, and the other looked forward into the new one, making Janus the patron of bridges, doorways, beginnings and endings.

To the people of that time, January seemed the perfect time for making resolutions to end old, destructive behaviors and initiate new, constructive ones. The practice of making yearly resolutions continued throughout centuries, often falling out of favor, only to be resurrected. The resolutions evolved through time, often taking on the religious and moral overtones of the current society, but the sentiment remained the same: a promise to oneself to end old, negative behaviors and begin new, positive ones.

In the early 1700’s American philosopher and theologian Jonathan Edwards wrote 70 resolutions, some of them heavy-handed in nature, but not unlike the ones we make today. For example, Edwards resolved to live as he would have wished he lived when he came to die, an all-encompassing and difficult one to keep, day in and day out. He also resolved never to suffer the least motions of anger to irrational beings, an equally-daunting task, given the number of irrational beings one encounters on a regular basis, particularly if one is required to navigate the modern freeway system.

05 Aug

Recently, Carolyn Daitch, PhD, author of Managing the Distress of Cancer and its Treatment, wrote to Belleruth to generously share her travel tips. Belleruth generously shared them with us and all the happy Health Journeys bloggers.
 
“As we approach the month of August when many of my clients schedule their summer getaways,” Daitch wrote, “The topic of travel-related anxiety comes up frequently. 

On that theme, I wanted to share a list of tips with you that I often give my clients to help them take the stress out of their vacations.”

  1. Calm your nervous system with a relaxation technique.  It's hard to think reasonably when your body is anxious.   Listen to a meditation CD, or practice slow breathing to lower your baseline anxiety level.

  2.  Write down your worries.  The mere act of writing creates some detachment from your concerns that will help you achieve some objectivity.

  3.  Mind the mind with Cognitive Therapy. Take your list of worried thoughts and, for each item, ask yourself the question: how likely is it that the outcome I'm fearing will really happen? This evaluation is intended to help you acknowledge that there may be very little evidence that your worries will come to fruition.

  4.  Acknowledge inner resources. You've encountered and lived through many new situations, e.g. starting a new job,  moving to a different home, even  going on (and even enjoying) previous vacations.  Say to yourself:  "I survived that challenge and I know I can survive this one."

  5.  Remember that there are stores where you are going.  It's not a disaster if you forget to pack everything.

  6.  If flying is a fear, bring this topic into your personal therapy.  There are therapeutic interventions that can help!  And be sure to take a good book or a tablet on which you can watch a film, listen to music, or play a game.  It's good to have something to keep your mind busy while you're in the air.

  7.  Embrace uncertainty.  Let's face it: life is uncertain and travel is even more so.  Say a self-statement:  "I accept uncertainty.  I may not like it, but I can handle it."

Happy Travels, from the staff of Health Journeys.

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, don’t forget to take some guided imagery with you to make the skies a little friendlier and the road a little smoother. Be sure to share your travel stories with us when you return.

08 Jul

We love our blog subscribers so much!  We know that most of you use email to receive our weekly blog updates, but we also know that not a few of you have used Google Reader - probably for years. And if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for our e-news here and receive some fantastic free imagery!

Just why Google decided to ditch this much-loved project is beyond us. It was popular, up in numbers (contrary to their adamant reports otherwise), yet this organizing, handy resource is no more. And thankfully, even though it went dark on July 1st, you can still retrieve your data and lists via Google Takeout through July 15th. Read about this Google feature here.

There are so many great blogs and newsfeeds out there, and frankly, we find it difficult to keep up with them all.  With the death of Google Reader, we thought we’d give you a few alternatives to look into – because perhaps, you’re just as lost as some of us:

  • Feedly: Around since 2008, this one is our favorite. There’s lots of customization available here, and we like how it approximates the use and ease of the old Google Reader.
  • Digg: As a company, they’ve been around the block.  However, they are new to the RSS readers.  Regardless of whether you had an old Digg account, you’ll need to sign up for a new one for RSS feeds. It’s simple, streamlined, and flows effortlessly to your Facebook and Twitter accounts for sharing your favorite posts.
  • AOL Reader: We don’t know about you, but whenever we see an AOL email address or product, we hear the old dial-up voice in our head saying, “You’ve Got Mail!”. But hey, retro is in, right? This reader is a new product by the old brass at AOL, has a clean and minimal look, and will also easily share your favorite posts across social media.
  • NetNewsWire 4: Just in beta, this reader is making plenty of waves.  It is a multi-tasker’s dream, with multiple tabs, easy to use bookmarks, and fantastic searching features. And it’s wicked fast.

Do you use an RSS reader? Which one will you, or have you switched to?  Thanks for remembering http://belleruthnaparstek.com and http://blog.healthjourneys.com when you do!