We, at Health Journeys, are always moved by the sincerity of the people who call us to ask whether we have anything that could help their loved ones, who are grieving. We are equally moved when we get calls from people seeking help for their own grief.
When this happens, I often reflect on Belleruth’s recent post, titled Do’s and Don’ts for the Bereaved and Their Well-meaning Friends. This subject is rarely covered. Her suggestions could help people make peace with their own sorrow, and minimize confusion for those of us seeking to console our grieving friends.
I want to make sure you know about two brand new books, hot off the presses.
First, for those of you in coaching and consulting, who are looking for greater self-mastery (and, really, people - who doesn’t want that?), check out Dorothy Siminovitch’s brand new book, A Gestalt Coaching Primer: The Path Toward Awareness IQ.
Dorothy, a successful and charismatic coach who is known for her ability to come up with creative solutions to remediate sticky issues, offers powerful ways to become more focused, agile, effective, and inspirational. She’s a dazzle.
I’m super excited to report that the California Community College system is initiating a cutting edge, pilot initiative to help its 2.1 million students in 113 colleges better manage stress, by giving its students free guided imagery downloads to support their emotional resilience, as they manage their very complicated, demanding lives.
The web page, available through the Chancellor's Office and supported through the CCC Foundation, offers seven different guided imagery exercises for stress reduction, help with sleep, relief for the blues, help with concentration and overcoming procrastination.
How could we not love social workers? This is the profession that does so much for the underserved, those without voices or power, who fall through safety nets, have little or no access to goods, services, influence, job networks, transportation access or fresh food…
We’re everywhere, and therefore sometimes nearly invisible. We’re the psychotherapy providers who are trained to see the whole person, in the context of his or her family and community. We’re in hospitals, adoption agencies, child protective services, family service organizations, private practices, charitable and welfare organizations, HMO’s, EAP’s, corporate wellness centers, hospices, community organizations, legal services and community centers. We write legislation and change public policy. Sometimes, we even run for office.
I’ve been happily noticing the uptick in Integrative Health Departments and holistic wellness centers, popping up in hospitals all over the U.S. It seems like a critical mass has been reached, and now they’re really proliferating. This is very good news for patients and for health care.
I hand the bulk of the credit to Andy Weil, MD and Victoria Maizes, MD, who’ve been transforming medicine, doc by doc, N.P. by N.P., P.A. by P.A., with their two-year, 1,000-hour Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Many of their graduates are now running those IM hospital departments you and I are visiting.
Speaking of which, I recently visited the very impressive Connor Integrative Health Network at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Hello there, everyone.
Not so long ago, people in treatment for cancer were encouraged to put up a good, optimistic front, stay “positive” (whatever that means), and be “fighters” in their “battle” to “defeat” their disease. Now, this fits naturally for some personalities, but certainly not for everyone. And it raises more questions than it answers.
Luckily, we’ve gotten smarter since those days. Putting on a “happy face” doesn’t make cancer go away any more than feeling scared, sad, angry or discouraged makes it worse.
This simplistic idea was popularized in the 80s, when we were under the spell of the “new” idea that there was a mind-body connection (doh!). And yes, there is indeed.. But imposing a childlike cause and effect relationship between “good” feelings and healing cancer, and “bad” feelings and getting sicker, is just plain misguided and incorrect. And it’s scary, too, because it means that every time you feel worried or upset, you think you could be making yourself sicker.
Listen up and save the date, good people of Cleveland, Akron, and Northeast Ohio! The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development is having its free, one-day conference for parents, early learning educators, social workers and mental health professionals, on what makes young children tick and how to support their healthy development.
It’s on Saturday, April 29th, from 8 am to 3:30 pm in Shaker Heights at the Center.
And this year, they’re adding a new track for parents.
First, a hats off to the Healing Warriors Program of Colorado, and to Ana Yelen, its visionary leader, co-creator and executive director. She and her team are building up a robust, much needed service for our vets.
Healing Warriors offers powerful, carefully chosen integrative medicine techniques, such as Acupuncture, Healing Touch, Guided Imagery and CranioSacral therapy, free of charge, to active duty and veteran service members (and their families) to help with chronic pain, sleep disorders, posttraumatic stress and other issues.
The Health Journeys staff members celebrated the implementation of the new HJ Player app last July, after fielding questions daily from iDevice users who were having problems navigating the old, multi-step process to sync the downloads they had purchased to their devices.
Sometimes customers would get so frustrated they would simply give up and purchase our programs from iTunes, but not everything we carry is available there.
We have a simple, easy solution for this!
Now, when you order one of our downloads, we’ll send you the link to our app – a free, top-of-the-line, Apple-style player, that lets you easily and quickly download our guided imagery.
Wow. Guided imagery has come a long way. This past week we marveled at the dramatic and dizzying shift we were witnessing. We had an upsurge of requests for our content - from medical centers, academic researchers, app builders and universities.
Happy New Year to mind-body therapies!!
I remember when I first began making our “tapes” 27 years ago, in 1989. The only medical professionals who would help me with my research on specific illnesses and their remedies were the docs and nurses who were my friends and neighbors. I needed to have a correct understanding of the disease process and how the body naturally fights it, in order to write physiologically accurate imagery, so I had to have expert answers to my questions. Those answers came from friends.