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29 Feb

2780bIt 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.

22 Feb

Lately I've been musing on the way the word "experience" is popping up all over the place, and what it means to be having an experience.

Before watching a film, a message on the screen from the theater management enjoins me to please turn off my cell phone to preserve the movie-going experience.

While wandering around a huge, visually arresting Uniqlo retail clothing store, an amplified voice hopes I'm enjoying my shopping experience.

Some tech experts recently reminded me that TV viewing is a lean-back experience, where people want to relax, turn their minds off and absorb easy entertainment, and this is why the second screen experience (looking at something on a mobile device while watching TV, or watching split screen) should never be too complex or demanding.

15 Feb

The benefits of being kind and accepting of oneself have been studied and widely publicized. It seems we are encouraged on a daily basis to be compassionate to ourselves, but sometimes it's tough to figure out just what that means and how to do it.

What is the difference between self-compassion and self-esteem, we wonder, between self-compassion and self-indulgence? Fortunately, there are as many answers as there are questions, and many people, including Health Journeys' own Dr. Traci Stein, are providing resources to help us through the maze.

08 Feb

Hello, again. Hard to believe Valentine's Day has snuck up on us once again, but there you have it – it's mid-February and the hype about chocolates and flowers is festooning every drug store, supermarket and big box store we find ourselves in.

So, maybe you might want to consider guided imagery as a terrific Valentine's Day gift. Because it offers some very unique and effective ways to improve, build, strengthen and repair relationships – and what could be more important than that?

01 Feb

Okay, folks! Sincere thanks for all the enlightening commentary re the phrase, "Friends with Benefits". It was a great discussion, and taught me (and those of my ilk... Ilk, you know who you are!!) a thing or two about generational differences, in the most unexpected places. I mean, really - who knew??

For those of you who are not up to speed on this brou-ha-ha, check out last week's update or the HJ page on Facebook.

So, I bow to the majority sentiment. I thank all my co-workers and friends and colleagues who knew better.

And I invite you to keep your eyes peeled this week for the (TA-DAH!)....

Health Journeys Download GO-GO Sale!!

...meaning, of course, the GIVE ONE, GET ONE sale.

As originally discussed, you'll be able to give a Health Journeys guided imagery download, and then get your own (of equal or lesser value), free.

You get rewarded for being a sport. What could be better? So stay tuned.... We should be up and running with this by mid-week.

Take care and be well!

All best,

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25 Jan

Okay, so there I was, getting my all-time, favorite, annual indulgence, which never ceases to amaze and delight – The Winter Pedicure!!! – and I notice a sign on the wall of the salon, announcing a special promotion. It said,

Get your FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS COUPON! Buy a spa treatment for a friend and get one free for yourself!!

So, I says to myself, I says, Wow! What a great idea. We want to expand our subscriber base, get the word out about guided imagery to people who don't yet know what it is, let alone that it's the cheapest, easiest, most user-friendly 'treatment' of them all – we should do something like this with our downloads!!!

18 Jan

Well, here in Northeast Ohio, winter is full-on upon us. After weeks and weeks of being spoiled by abnormally mild weather, we're suddenly negotiating ice and snow, frozen shut car doors, icy windshields, a lot of shivering, and a profound reluctance to go out and do things.

And by the Great Lakes, there's also this business of lake effect and consistently gray skies – not exactly the best thing for ebullience.

11 Jan

Hey, good people!

traci-steinI want to call your attention to a smart, insightful, practical and downright useful article by Traci Stein on how to avoid those ubiquitous Resolution Failures in Psychology Today entitled 10 Tips for Creating Your Healthiest Self This Year.

Her advice is right on the money about how to avoid classic self-sabotage moves and instead rig your odds in favor success. And it's a quick, enjoyable read. Really, check it out. This girl can write!

Traci is the author of a super book, The Everything Guide to Integrative Pain Management, as well as the creator of four popular and much loved Health Journeys guided meditation/self-hypnosis audios.

04 Jan

Well, happy new year, everyone!

Health Journeys is embarking on an exciting year, with many profound opportunities and initiatives in place for 2016.

I'll be spelling out many of these new projects in the weeks and months ahead. But for now, I want to tell you about a request we just got from Heather Barahmand, a retired U.S. servicewoman and gutsy humanitarian, who is heading back to Iraq through an organization named Yazda (, to help traumatized Yazidi women who escaped from ISIS captivity. Yazda gladly accepts donations and welcomes anything you can do to help spread the word about their much needed services.

As you can imagine, the women have faced unspeakable horrors. These are women and girls as young as 9, many of whom were snatched out of their villages and homes to be held captive, abused, beaten, raped, demeaned, and even sold as sex slaves to the highest bidder, often multiple times.

28 Dec

Hello again.

I was delighted to be reminded last week of all the creative ways guided imagery can be combined with other healing techniques to produce extra-potent results.

A note from a licensed massage therapist at a rehab facility for neurological disorders and injuries in New York told of how she played targeted guided imagery during her aromatherapy massages, and how effective it was for most of her clients. She calls her newly minted program "Meditative Massage".