October is, among other things, ADHD Awareness Month – that’s Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder - something that a lot of kids and adults struggle with (not to mention the people who love them).
ADHD is marked by impulsivity, inattention, excitability, fidgeting, boredom, and (often but not always) learning and social difficulties. An otherwise sweet-natured, bright, loving child with loads of natural talent and a strong desire to succeed can get sandbagged by this condition, deceptively looking like a disruptive, unmotivated nuisance, in the classroom, on the playground or at home.
The word is out and it’s spreading fast. The Robert W. Coleman School in Baltimore decided to replace their detention room with a mindful meditation room, and got stunningly positive results. Behavior improved. Performance improved. Impulse control got a whole lot better. Life in general improved at Robert W. Coleman.
Not everyone knows this, but here’s the thing: even little kids can meditate – preschoolers, too. And you may be surprised to learn that teenagers take to it like a duck to water. (They’re in a hormone-induced trance state anyway, so it doesn’t take much to get them in the zone.)
I’m really looking forward to being at the one and only Healing Beyond Borders conference, held in Colorado Springs between October 6-9th.
If you want to feel the embrace of a wonderful community of gifted healers, while learning some terrific new stuff and getting inspired and tanked up on purpose and meaning, this is the place for you to be.
I’ll be talking about and demonstrating guided imagery for cultivating intuition at my morning keynote on Saturday the 8th, and on guided imagery for healing posttraumatic stress in my workshop that afternoon.
September is National Recovery Month (from substance use disorders), and October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As you probably already know, these two issues are often connected. One can cause the other, or at least feed it, and vice versa.
They’re also both associated with shame and silence – the cloak of secrecy that allows self-hatred and harsh self-judgment to thrive and grow. Shine a little light on these issues, talk about them with the right people at the right time (not the ones who will judge and shame you, thank you very much) and the power of shame evaporates.
Here’s a serious question for you: how are you managing the impact of this unusually ugly, mean-spirited election cycle? How do you deal with all the poison?
Yes, I know – we thought the rhetoric two years ago set the bar for “gratuitously nasty”, and we said the same thing two years before that.
Little did we know that this year, we’d set a new standard for down and dirty, and it’s hard to say how much farther down we can slide before hitting rock bottom. Rock bottom seems to be a moving target, but we just may have arrived.
Have you noticed how few bumper stickers and lawn signs are up, promoting a candidate? Surely that’s because people are afraid to get rear-ended on the road, or find rocks sailing through their windows at home. Fury has been unleashed and primitive impulses set loose.
Let’s face it. We aren’t so pretty anymore.
Hello again. Well, it looks like September is Pain Awareness Month, among other things. A lot of afflictions belong to September, but we decided to highlight pain here.
That’s because there are an insane number of people suffering with chronic pain. Here in the United States, it’s primarily from arthritis, back pain and headaches. Not sure about anywhere else, but it’s probably similar.
I’m excited to be going back to my old stompin’ grounds of McLean, Virginia, to offer a workshop for the Center for Pastoral Counseling of Virginia on the power of guided imagery to heal heartbreak and trauma, and to create the conditions for forgiveness.
I was invited to speak by Rev. Becki Porter-Harmon, a wonderful colleague I met in the early 70’s, at a newly founded shelter for teens called Alternative House, where she was hard at work building the program and I was a mental health consultant from the Woodburn Center for Community Mental Health in its earliest days. And here we are now, forty years later, working together again! Wow.
This three-hour workshop is especially geared for pastors, therapists, counselors, health professionals and coaches, but also anyone with an itch to learn more about the power of guided imagery to catalyze deep healing, growth, learning and change, even under the most challenging conditions.
We've got one heck of a bargain going right now here at Health Journeys. It's a GOGO (give one, get one) sale. You can give the gift of a guided imagery download and get a free download of equal or lesser value for yourself. Here's the catch: you need to follow these steps and act fast, because the deal ends Thursday night.
So, we continue with our back-to-basics advice on how to get the most out of your guided imagery or meditation sessions, and a few things that are good to keep in mind. For newcomers or old hands, it never hurts to be reminded of some of these things. So here we go: a few more pointers.
It’s been great to see the enthusiastic response the new meditation audios by Traci Stein and Julie Lusk are getting. We’re especially seeing Traci’s Self-Compassion meditations and Julie’s Yoga Nidra flying off the shelves.
And speaking of effective guided meditation, we figure it’s a good idea, now and then, to go over some basic advice on how to get the most out of your guided imagery or meditation sessions. For newcomers or old hands, it never hurts to be reminded of some of these things.