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28 Mar

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Hey, folks,

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.

21 Mar

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.

14 Mar

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.

07 Mar

Hello again.

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.

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!!!