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07 Nov

Hello, there. 

We often get asked for the best way to listen to our sleep imagery at bedtime, without waking up a spouse or partner.  This usually means ear phones, but most people complain that headphones and ear buds are too uncomfortable, and get in the way of sleep.  

I never felt I had a really good option for an answer, but I recently learned of a whole new industry that has suddenly sprung up like mushrooms after a spring rain – comfy, adjustable head bands with thin, flat headphones sewn into them. Of course!

They all get strong reviews and the pricing ranges from $10-$25.

31 Oct

Hello again. 

I just discovered as I was reading a study from the University of Michigan School of Nursing, published in 2013, that the intervention it tested was our Healthful Sleep audio. Go figure! 

We’ll post the results on this week’s Hot Research page, showing that it helped post-cardiac surgery patients sleep better in the challenging ICU environment, and helped reduce post-op inflammation, as compared with usual treatment. 

I was delighted to see this, but it occurred to me that this was the third study that I’d discovered in recent months that used our imagery – each time a complete surprise to me.

That’s perfectly within any investigator’s rights – our audios are commercially available, and people can do what they want with them.

24 Oct

I've briefly diverged from my usual stay-at-home behavior, giving a lot of talks this past couple of weeks. I’m glad I did, because I’ve learned a lot from all the people I've met and spoken with.

Aside from some terrific, practical insights, ideas and resource recommendations, I also got a score of powerful, new stories on how a simple, inexpensive, portable, uploadable, audio intervention called guided imagery can make difference in people’s lives. It was good to get that message, over and over again.

17 Oct

October is a lot of things – among them Domestic Violence Awareness Month. So it’s time to remind you of some important info on how to leave an abuser and still stay safe, because that is indeed a dangerous time.

That's when the violent partner is most enraged, feels there’s nothing to lose, and is at his or her most murderous. In fact, more than 70% of the killings that happen in these relationships are going to happen then.

10 Oct

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. 

03 Oct

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.)

26 Sep

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. 

19 Sep

Hello again. 

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.

12 Sep

Hello again.

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. 

05 Sep

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.