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BR Giving More Talks to Military & Vets in Light of New Receptivity to Mind-body Tools

07 Jun

Hello, good people!

Evidence of a strong push by the military to educate and prepare its service people about combat stress can be found on this web page from Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. This is a simple explanation of how combat stress can manifest once a warrior is back home, and it’s just a sample of a fresh, enlightened approach toward posttraumatic stress and traumatic brain injury that is making its way through each branch of the service.

The Veterans Administration is also opening up to new methods - including guided imagery- as never before. Individual VAMC’s have always been inventive pioneers in bringing effective new tools to their vets.  But up until recently, top-down interest was fairly limited to a very narrow range of techniques, some of which are just not practical for cross-country implementation. This is now changing too. 

I described some of the new programs going on in a piece I wrote for Huffington Post, and there are many more I’ll get to.

In the meantime, we’re happy for the 1500 Playaways, pre-loaded with our guided imagery to assist with sleep and stress, that have shipped to Iraq and Afghanistan.  We hope to hear feedback from the warriors and families that have been able to get their hands (or ears, really) on them, to learn about their impact under the intense, up-tempo conditions of war.

And even though I’ve generally been trying to wind down the amount of speaking I’ve been doing, I’m making an exception for anything that’s connected to our military or vets - it’s just too important right now, and I want to be explaining the benefits and practical nature of using guided imagery to keep the biochemistry of stress at reasonable levels.

So to that end, I’ll continue to haul this 67-year-old body around to military health care providers, hospitals and bases, and directly to our troops, vets and their families.  Stay tuned: the calendar is going to get pretty busy.

OK, take care and be well.  
All best,


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