I would like to get a tape for a friend who has had a series of health issues after having a cardiac event, which in the end turned out to be nothing serious, although she was quite scared.
She was healthy and vibrant before the event. Now it seems like there are non-stop health issues (digestive issues, odd pains, hypervigilance, fear everything is cancer, etc.), some of which are likely psychosomatic in nature.
What tape would you suggest for her to recover her past health and well being?
I have a client who falls asleep almost immediately upon beginning to listen to your CD's. She was born and raised in Germany. And, when she was a child, her parents would play cassette stories for her to fall asleep to.
Could this be conditioning or some other issue?
How can she be assisted in being able to stay awake and take advantage of your guided imagery cd's?
A woman asks for instructions on what the recommended level of sound should be while listening to our guided imagery, and more specifically the audios for Healthful Sleep and some others. Belleruth provides an answer below.
How loud or soft should we be listening to the cd's?
I have the Healthful Sleep cd, and a couple others, no instructions as to what the recommended level of sound should be....loud, same voice as if I was talking to someone, soft, so soft that when you move or adjust you can't hear it??? Help.
I have enjoyed many of your CD's personally as well as professionally. I am a counselor and work with many stressed, depressed, trauma survivors, alcoholics and chronic pain patients. I find visualization very helpful to most of them once I get them involved.
I have a question along these same lines. I am dealing with a client with chronic pain, lots of anger and unresolved hostility, plus some mild PTSD symptoms. My problem is getting her to try visualization. She is very hard of hearing due to an injury. She never learned sign language, and is unable to enhance her hearing with hearing aids, plus she has a limited attention span with new topics.
Is there any other form of visualization that can work without music and being talked into the relaxed state that you are aware of?
Right now Iím really struggling with a really rocky roller coaster. Yes, everyone deals with a roller coaster but itís really hard on me because I am a mother and a father to my son. I want the best for him and sometimes I catch myself wanting to scream at him. Heís only ten months old - he doesnít know the difference. And then again I have days like today... I canít stop smiling even though yesterday I wanted to yell at him for doing the same thing heís doing right now.
Being a single parent is awesome but when I get frustrated I just wish his dad was around to help me. Iím really just lost and confused... Donít know what to do now... I quit smoking two weeks ago and I can already tell that Iím happier. But now I donít know how else to relieve my stress...
I feel as though sometimes I could be diagnosed with bipolar disorder... Itís really hard to talk to family and friends about this, Ďcause they donít see what happens behind closed doors and they wouldnít believe me if I even tried to tell them... they would just say, "Oh no... youíre a good mom..", but sometimes I wonder if thatís really true..
I used your pre-surgery CD a couple of years ago with great success (especially significant since I have PTSD around medical things & hospitals, after so many horrible experiences there when my chronically ill late husband was dying, over many years.) Thank you!
Now my question: a colleague of mine has a son who is a gifted musician, now 17 & auditioning for prestigious conservatories. He is having problems with the stress of these auditions impairing his performance. Have you anything that might help him?
Before my traumatic experience, I meditated frequently (Buddhist style). After the trauma, for a while I found I could barely meditate. I wanted to jump out of my own skin whenever I tried to sit. What is going on here and what can I do about it?
This is very common in the aftermath of trauma, when cortisol and other stress hormone levels are abnormally elevated (for weeks and even months), and people are edgy, agitated, scattered, irritable, and basically still experiencing the effects of an acute physiological alarm state.
Usually this goes away by itself. Mindfulness meditation requires discipline and focus, and this may not be the time to demand that kind of concentration from your already overtaxed nervous system. Simple conscious breathing (Andy Weil has a great audio for this Ė might be just the ticket, or guided imagery, like our General Wellness or Guided Imagery Mix could carry you along, recruiting just enough of your senses and capturing a nice chunk of cognitive space in your brain to be of help, without asking you to do a whole lot.
Aerobic exercise, warm baths and body work would be worth a try too, as well as various kinds of moving meditation Ė yoga or qigong. All of these interventions have been shown to help balance cortisol and return the body to balance.
But mostly be patient with yourself and donít ask yourself to do too much at this time. Simple, easy activities to help remind your body how to settle itself back down (it does know how to do this), like the ones Iíve suggested, will be just what you need.
I am preparing for my certification test in Rehabilitation Counseling. I am ADHD and have some test anxiety. I have used several of your guided imagery CDs and want to know which one might be of most benefit to me in my preparation for this exam.
A psychotherapist asks a great question about the ethical issues involved in making and selling professional quality guided imagery recordings for her clients.
BR, I attended your conference a while back... wonderful... everything about it was inspiring, interesting, and fun.
I'm interested in making a CD of guided imagery... I have the resources... from you! And also my husband is a musician, who can help me record it in a studio, etc. It would require an investment of my time, effort, and finances.
My question is this: Is it ethical to charge a fee to my clients for them to purchase my CD? Or am I expected to give them one for free? Thank you very much!