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19 Mar

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in Atlanta next month for a day-long workshop on Friday, April 20th on guided imagery and posttraumatic stress.  More details for Emerging from the Heart of Darkness: Guided Imagery and Breakthroughs in Healing Posttraumatic Stress are right here or you can call call Cecelia Thompson at (678) 235-3910 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Many thanks to Trudy Scott, for giving guided imagery a shout-out in her new book, The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, & End Cravings.

This is part of a recent upsurge in books and workshops on the critical importance of Food as Medicine.  Just knowing more about how what we eat impacts inflammation, and how inflammation impacts health, for instance, means that we can eat in ways that can help remediate many kinds of heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, ADHD, depression, insomnia and anxiety.  This is why you’ve been seeing such a plethora of food suggestions for what ails you everywhere you turn – on TV (Mehmet Oz Show, for instance), in books (Andy Weil’s new book on Depression, e.g.) and in blogs everywhere.
 
As a professional, you might want to catch up on the latest information – there’s no way you could possibly keep up with this flood of new info without something like this: The University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine is sponsoring a Nutrition & Health conference and public forum in Boston on April 16-18 – you can get more details here.

And the Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s June Food as Medicine conference in Bethesda, MD, can be found here.
 
I can’t let this week’s update end without mentioning the loss of guided imagery pioneer Jeanne Achterberg – she finally succumbed to cancer after years of successfully warding it off.

Early in her career, she collaborated with Stephanie and Carl Simonton, studying the impact of imagery on cancer patients. She championed the role of imagery in healing, the role of the mind and spirit in healing, and the shamanic role of the healer.

Her books – especially Imagery in Healing, Woman as Healer, and Rituals of Healing (co-written with Barbara Dossey and Leslie Kolkmeier) – are important and seminal contributions to the field.  She was affiliated with Saybrook University, where she will be deeply missed.
 
If you want to check out Jeffrey Mishlove’s interview of her on his

program, you’ll get a kick out of some of the more dated assertions and limitations of those days of yore, but you’ll also get a feel for how far we’ve come since then.

And finally, Marilyn Schlitz of The Institute for Noetic Sciences, offers a lovely, heartfelt, personal tribute to her friend here.

Okay, 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 and was released in paperback January of 2006.