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08 Aug

We’re so happy to see so many people downloading our new, free HJ Player app at iTunes, so they can quickly and easily load their Health Journeys audios into their iPhones and other Apple devices.

Of course, our staff continues to answer your questions and walk you through the process, should any of this be a strange, new world to you.

So, this means that from now on, when you order one of our HJ downloads, we’ll send you the link to this spiffy, new app – a free, top-of-the-line, Apple-style player. We've got a deal for you if you've previously purchased MP3 downloads from our website...

01 Aug

I remember when we used to drop our kids off at pre-K, the teachers would shoo us out of the vicinity ASAP, knowing that if one or two helicopter moms or dads stuck around, wringing their hands and signaling concern, there’d be kids who couldn’t stop crying until after they left.  (Often this miraculous transformation would occur within 6 seconds of their exit.)

We used to joke with each other: who exactly had the separation anxiety, anyway – the kids or us parents? 

The fact is, at any age and under any circumstances, going back to school and entering a new grade with new teachers, structure, classmates and expectations stirs up anxiety.  Anxiety, after all, is the kissing cousin of excitement.  Both play a part in the start of a new school year, and both involve adrenaline – the biochemistry is pretty similar.

25 Jul

We hope you've sampled Julie Lusk’s new guided meditation audio, Yoga Nidra: Guided Meditations for Relaxation & Renewal. The downloadable tracks have been available for a couple of weeks, but the CDs are arriving this week and will ship as soon as we get them.

We’d been getting steady requests for a yoga nidra offering, and knew there’d be a strong response, but the enthusiasm and demand has surprised and delighted us.

Listen to what Julie herself has to say about yoga nidra – it’s pretty compelling.

18 Jul

Please listen up, long-suffering iPeople! We have heard your pain. The Cavalry is here!

You can now download our guided imagery audios directly to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, thanks to our new free app. 

Truly, Cheryl, Maggie and Elizabeth have shared your pain. They’re the ones who’ve been answering dozens of calls each day from baffled people asking how to get our downloads into their Apple devices. The answer involved a multi-step process that was a pain in the tush for all concerned.  

Sometimes callers would just throw their hands up and go to iTunes for our audios. The problem is not everything in our library is there. 

So at last, we’ve got a simple, easy solution for this!

11 Jul

When something horrible happens - like the orgy of irrational killing that’s been all over the news this past week - it’s so disturbing, we can’t process it. It’s in just such violation of how we believe the world should be, we simply can’t wrap our minds around what’s happened.

That’s probably why we stay glued to the TV, watching the same repellant footage, over and over. It’s not good for us and we’re not even learning anything new - we’re watching the same reports we saw twenty minutes ago. But, we can’t turn away from the screen because we’re trying to grasp the insanity, get some sense of mastery over what’s happened and put it somewhere that makes sense. 

04 Jul

On October 8th, I’ll be speaking at the annual conference for Healing Touch® practitioners in Colorado Springs. It’s the Healing Beyond Borders conference, and this year’s theme is Celebrating Our Path. Aiming Straight Into the Future.

My keynote will be on the fun of using guided imagery to open up intuitive knowing; and that afternoon, I’ll be giving a session on the power of using guided imagery for healing trauma. But that's just the beginning of what's offered.

27 Jun

Well, folks,

They’re here at last – Julie Lusk’s much anticipated and long-awaited new audio programs! Her Yoga Nidra: Guided Meditations for Relaxation and Renewal, explains Yoga Nidra is a form of deep, restorative relaxation that opens mind, body and spirit to powerful healing and intuitive mind-states.

Julie provides clear step-by-step guidance, using body positioning, breathing techniques, intention setting, guided imagery, mindful awareness and insight meditation, taking her listeners deeper and deeper into a state of profound relaxation that renews and restores all the weary places. I swear, even while I was working on edits, it sneaked up on me and did its magic!

20 Jun

The other night, I was seated at a supper party with a woman who was very quiet, still grieving the loss of her mother, who had died only a few months earlier.

With some effort, she explained that this was why she didn’t feel like talking, and certainly not the small talk at the table.

I told her about a woman from my D.C. practice, decades ago, who taught me a lot about grief. She was a cranky, sarcastic curmudgeon of a senior citizen, who used to complain about her exasperating idiot of a husband. Then he died suddenly of a stroke. 

13 Jun

This story by Sarah Barlow tells of watching some young soldiers help a little girl at the Atlanta airport. It first appeared on the Welcome Home blog. Warning: this tale necessitates a Tear Jerker Alert. Okay, you’ve been warned. Now read on!

06 Jun

June is PTSD Awareness Month.

And if I ruled the world, the first thing I would have done on June 1st would have been to mandate that we remove the “D” from PTSD, and just call it “post traumatic stress” or PTS. Calling this syndrome a “disorder” is unfair, leading to inaccurate conclusions about the person with the symptoms. Because, here’s the thing: PTS isn’t about what’s wrong with you; It’s about what happened to you.