So, as Mother’s Day approaches, I’m reminiscing about a May morning many decades ago, when I was about 8 and my sister 11, and we forgot to get our mother a Mother’s Day present.
My mother went absolutely nuts – I mean, totally ballistic. Where normally, when we disappointed her, we might hear her mutter a few sarcastic words under her breath, this was an all-out rant that shredded us, calling us out for the selfish, ungrateful louts we were, and leaving us mortified and guilty - my brother, who was a blameless 5 or 6, escaped her ire. She then took to her room and slammed the door. She was probably crying.
My sister and I felt horrible. We quickly put our heads together, pooled our meager cash reserves, and walked to the drug store up the street (the only venue that was open on a Sunday). We found some low-end perfume we could afford. (We may have gotten a temporary loan from the clerk. It was a small town and people did things like that.)
Two of our new mindfulness-based meditations are ready. Mindful Meditation Mix, a sampler of mindful awareness exercises by three of us: yours truly, Traci Stein and Steve Kohn; and Mindfulness Meditations: Finding Peace & Perspective in the Present Moment, a super-effective program by Traci Stein, are ready in their download iterations.
And so is Traci’s extraordinary Self-Compassion Meditations to Release Self-Criticism and Foster Self-Kindness.
Okay, so I’ve been told that April is Stress Awareness Month. Hah! I could ask what month isn’t Stress Awareness Month. But I won’t.
Instead, I’ll offer three simple, everyday things we all can do to manage our stress and take better care of ourselves.
It’s your chance to win our downloadable Day & Night Healthy Weight and Body Image Set by Dr. Traci Stein
Starting Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. ET, you can private message us your email address through our Facebook page to enter. We’ll randomly select a winner and notify them at Noon ET on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Health Journeys will announce the winner’s first name and last initial on Facebook. Winner will be notified by email.
Well, Traci Stein’s Healthy Weight and Body Image self-hypnosis audio program is now officially in the new catalog, and the response to it has been just terrific. Just click on the audio sample (via the link above) and see for yourself.
It’s for people who want to adopt healthier habits around eating and exercise, but it also works for anyone with an overly harsh, distorted perception of his or her own body, including people with eating disorders, like anorexia, bingeing or bulimia.
So, yes, finally – multo boxes of our new hj catalogs were delivered to our warehouse, and dropped at the post office last week. If you're on our mailing list, your copy is no doubt winging its way to you.
We know that your patient and gracious selves have been waiting for them for way too long. Cheryl and Maggie - always the champions and advocates for The Paper People (generally those of us of a certain age) - are especially glad for their arrival.
You'll find some fine new stuff in there: more, wonderful guided imagery from Peg Doyle, for starters – Beyond Cancer, some guided meditations for survivors of the Oncology Wars who are done with treatment and/or in remission, but still terrorized by check-ups, scans and doctors' visits.
And we finally found something we've been looking for, for quite a while now – some thoughtful, sensitive guided imagery for Grieving the Loss of a Pet by Karen Adele Litzinger.
Wow, and to think, we were all bemoaning the mean-spirited nuttiness of the electoral process of 2 years ago! Remember this post?
I guess that was just a warm-up for what's going on now. Who knew?
At the time, wellness mavin and holistic Chicago doc, Martha Howard MD called it PEST or Pre-Election Stress Trauma.
Bestselling author Priscilla Warner wrote a blog piece about Political Punditry Panic Attacks.
Just this morning, Elizabeth got a query from a volunteer working at a statewide patient advocacy organization. She was wondering if we could donate some freebie giveaways for her newly diagnosed, shell-shocked people.
One of this woman's jobs was to send comfort kits to newly diagnosed people, still in the throws of realizing how much their world had just gotten turned upside down. The stress level and sense of unreality can be overwhelming.
First, I want to give you a heads up – we're having the best time overhauling our whole social media strategy! So if you've got a minute, check out our newly jolted presence on Facebook and Twitter for starters, soon to be followed by new postings on Instagram and Pinterest. Who knew this could be so much fun?
I also want to let you know about some important conferences coming up.
Andy Weil's cutting edge Nutrition & Health Conference is happening in Denver on March 21-23 and is not to be missed if you want to learn a lot of the latest research based thinking and implementing on food, healing and health. I kid you not. You can register at http://www.nutritionandhealthconf.org.
The 18th Annual Energy Psychology Conference is in Santa Clara this year, on June 2-5, on Changing the World through Personal Healing & Transformation. It's a wonderful meeting, and you can register here at http://www.ep-conference.org.
It would be nice if cancer survivors who've completed treatment and been declared "in remission" could stop worrying, but when it's time for that follow-up test, scan or lab report, it's not unusual for fear and worry to overtake an otherwise chill psyche– at least for a while.
Similarly, people who have cancer, but have come to see it as their chronic illness to manage (as opposed to a scary death sentence) do a great job of getting on with their lives most of the time, but they can dissolve into major worry when the time comes for a check-up.
So let's hear it for Peg Doyle, M.Ed, who clearly understands this scenario, and has created a terrific, 3-track, guided imagery audio called Beyond Cancer: Healing Meditations.