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Keep Cultivating Those Thanksgiving Feelings of Gratitude!

30 Nov

Well, I hope everyone had the Thanksgiving they wanted. It's a favorite holiday for many, myself included.

As Elizabeth reminded us last week, one of the great things about this holiday is the reminder to cultivate our feelings of gratitude. The benefits are pretty amazing, including a reduction of even big league depression, as demonstrated by a study of dispirited people who started keeping a gratitude log– gonzo improvement, after only a couple of weeks!

There are some great gratitude journals to be had, too, by the way. One that always gets high marks is Catherine Price's Gratitude: A Journal. But there are scores of them out there now, testifying to the growth and popularity of this practice.


longbrakeOn another note, just the other day, I came across a very smart quote – a wonderful definition of guided imagery, crafted by Sondra Longbrake, for her blog, The Imageryist.

Sondra practices in Portland, Oregon, and uses cognitive behavioral therapy techniques in conjunction with guided imagery.

She essentially says that guided imagery is a healing practice that works best when we engage all of our five senses, to bring us into a relaxed and aware mind state that permits us to access our feelings and emotions from a compassionately detached place. Imagery allows us to pull information from memory (and fantasy), accessing the rich caches of wisdom stored there.

It also allows us to communicate freely with the body, so we can learn what it's trying to tell us by way of an ache, or pain, or an illness. The information can help us release or transform the problem, and communicate healing in a way the body understands.

(I would add that sometimes it's a darned good idea to take a pill, too.)

You can find Sondra's exact words on this and more of her observations at The Imageryist Blog.

Take care & be well.

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Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award.