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Maintaining Equanimity While Your Smoke Detector is Chirping…

10 Jun

Hello everyone.

I’m smiling ruefully as I write this, because once again a smoke detector in my house is chirping.  It’s in a place I can’t reach, so I’m waiting for a rangy and supple (not to mention kindly and generous) friend  of mine to come over and set things straight.  In the meantime, I’m trying to not waste energy on being too annoyed by it, which is a little bit like trying to not think of a blue elephant.  

Remember the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode when Larry David takes a baseball bat to his smoke detector? Loved that one. (He displayed a similar arc o’ fury when he tried to open up an impervious plastic package, only I think that involved a hammer.) 

It makes me think that maybe a good test of someone’s capacity for effective mindfulness meditation would be having them sit during these chirping sound effects while wired for heart rate, blood pressure and galvanic skin response.  Anybody who can maintain their equanimity should automatically get their certificate.

But I digress.  I wanted to advise you that the June issue of Imaginews is out, and you can find it here. This issue focuses on suffering, and, as usual, it brings us beautiful, engaging and high quality work.  

This year’s annual conference is set for October 4-6, 2013 at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, with a theme of “The Magic of Imagery”.  You can sign up by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visiting here.  

The staff is starting to get some really nice feedback on our new TBI imagery, I’m happy to say. It’s good to know we’re hitting the mark on that imagery, and we count on your feedback to let us know whether we need to do more tweaking or if it’s working as we’d hoped. So thanks for that and please keep it coming.

All best,

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