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More Guided Imagery than Ever Is Going to Dialysis Centers

07 Sep

2112bWell,

It's been really good to see a sudden spike in requests for guided imagery from dialysis centers all around the country. We're not sure why we're getting so much activity now – we haven't done any special outreach that I'm aware of - but our guided meditation CDs for dialysis, surgery and general medical procedures have been flying off the shelves, shipping to dialysis professionals around the nation.

Of course, if you're stuck in a big recliner, tied to a dialysis machine for 3 or more hours, there's only so much TV you can watch, reading you can do or sleep you can get. It can be dispiriting, confining and frustrating to have to depend on these treatments.

So, indeed, why not listen to some guided imagery that's designed to reduce discomfort, heighten motivation for self-care, lower stress and brighten outlook?

Even if you fall asleep while listening, which happens often enough, that's fine, too. We already know that people are likely to awaken more refreshed, with a stronger sense of well being and a more positive attitude.

So let's hear it for these smart dialysis professionals who are thinking about the whole patient – mind, body and spirit – and doing everything they can to provide resources that go beyond those excellent, life-saving machines.

Take care and 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.