Well, many of you already know that weíve been getting requests to make a guided imagery audio program for procrastination for a very long time. Finally, weíve got a terrific recording for you, and itís hot off the presses and newly arrived at our warehouse.
Itís brilliantly designed to help procrastinators put the most effective parts of their brains in the driverís seat and to help people seamlessly and organically develop their best strategies for getting things done.
Traci draws from the latest research and the most effective hypnotic, mind-body techniques to deliver 2 guided imagery tracks Ė a short one and a long one - plus a separate track of affirmations to deliver powerful results.
After regular use, listeners will find themselves breaking large (and maybe overwhelming) goals into discrete, manageable tasks; sharpening their focus, concentration and work efficiency; clearly visualizing their completed goal; increasing feelings of confidence and faith in themselves; and forming healthy, well-timed work habits.
To learn more, listen to a sample or order Traciís 74 power packed minutes of help, hope and habit reformation, click here.
Weíre very proud to have this wonderfully skillful and effective CD on our shelves and in our catalog!
Itís important to let you know that weíve switched email providers and you have been dropped from our list if you didnít opt in to our new service here. Cindy decided that we really needed a different kind of capability from our emailing service, so we've replaced Topica with Mail Chimp.
Iím delighted to announce that Traci Steinís new audio program for Procrastination will be released by mid-February. Itís totally terrific and Iím very proud to have it in our catalog.
A couple weeks ago, when I was in the studio with our awesome audio engineer, Bruce Gigax, working out the mix of the music and Traciís voice, we kept commenting to each other on how good it sounded.
Bruce pointed out that he was wearing his Lucky Music Socks and perhaps some credit should go to them. I didnít share his opinion, but kept that to myself.
Of course, Iíd say that the biggest percentage of credit goes to Traciís writing Ė words that are so beautifully articulated, technically adept and psychologically sophisticated Ė as well as her wonderful voice, pacing and hypnotic delivery.
Then Iíd have to give another big chunk oí credit to Steve Kohnís,
powerfully evocative, immersive music Ė Steveís music provides the
perfect bed for Traciís narrative, doubling the impact that voice alone
And of course Iíd have to give a substantial amount to Bruce for his
recording, editing, pacing and mixing Ė this guy is such a pro!
Cindy mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we really ought to put together a good, useful flu-fighting kit for our peeps Ė this pesky flu has been raging around us, felling staff, family, friends, colleagues Ė yikes! Itís really bad this year.
Guided imagery is good for this Ė weíve learned that immune system (cellular) imagery will indeed up-regulate bug fighting in the bloodstream Ė it lasts for at least 45 minutes and maybe a lot longer. Do it a couple times a day and how bad would that be?
Well, so it seems that a dastardly flu is upon us and weíre dropping like flies. What to do? In addition to a shot, my standby home prevention remedies are:
Drops of echinacea with goldenseal (under the tongue)
Drops of astragalus (also under the tongue)
Large amounts of vitamin C
Washing my hands a ridiculous number of times per day
Trying to remember to keep my hands away from my face, but thatís pretty impossible.
One friend swears by taking drops of oreganol (yep, under the tongue) at the first sign of contagion. My daughter-in-law sets great store by Yin Chiao tablets for stopping it in its tracks; and a colleague promises that his grandmotherís remedy from the old country (in this case, Italy) is fool proof: you crush many cloves of garlic into some milk, bring it to a boil and drink a glass of it, and it will immediately kill any bug within you. I got as far as boiling the milk, but just couldnít get past my gag reflex. Sometimes the remedy is tougher to take than the affliction.
Iíve been thinking a lot about gratitude lately and the whole idea of where we place our attention. I have friends who focus on what they love; and others who focus on where they feel injured.
This has made me think about how easily our attention can veer toward what disappoints, worries or upsets us. Itís almost as if the human condition weights us in that direction. And whatís worse, focusing on unhappiness has a knack for sticking, whereas moments of gratitude and transcendence are gone in a flash.
I was joking recently with a group of presenters, all of whom confessed that they can read through 200 evaluations, 195 of which can be rave reviews, and yet the ones that they remember are the 5 critical or mediocre ones. How crazy is that? Yet, we all do it.
A good friend of my daughterís sent around a beautiful, uplifting article on how to deal with the feeling of helpless empathy for the grief of others, sparked by the Newtown tragedy. Itís by Kyran Pittman, from her blog, Planting Dandelions. I found it wonderfully wise and helpful, and beautifully written too. So Iím offering you the link here Ė well worth reading!
A couple weeks ago, I posted my concerns about imposing our ďreactive kindnessĒ on traumatized, grief-stricken people suffering a tragedy. Thereís a risk of adding to their burden by just jumping in, in knee-jerk fashion, without being asked. You can see it, along with posts from others, here.
Itís hard to wish everyone a happy holiday with such insanity swirling around us. This latest tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School defies words, as many have already said. But all of us here at Health Journeys wish all of you peace and healing nonetheless, after this latest national tragedy.
We got several concerned notes last week, asking us to please donate our guided imagery to those affected by the tragic and unimaginable events in Newtown. One person wrote,
I am writing to ask if you would make yourself or your media available to the families and little ones of Newtown, Conn. I have had such wonderful success with your guided imagery and healing words I would hope you could send some CDs to the Sandy Hook Elementary School. I know your words could help to bring peace and comfort to many others if you could find it in your heart to make it readily available. Thank you for giving yourself to so many who need you in this troubled world.
Well, itís that time of year again, when we get to make ourselves crazy over holiday expectations and familial stress. Indeed, this is the time of year when my erstwhile private practice always exploded with returning clients looking for a quick tune-up, and many new ones appeared, seeking help for anxiety and depression.
So, how to stay calm, sane and steady, in the face of demands piling on as the holidays draw nigh?? I know youíve probably seen most of these tips before, in one place or another, but just for a reminder, hereís my own list of how to keep the stress down.
1. Take Care of Your Body
Try to do all those things you know are good for your physical well being: get regular exercise; take it easy on the caffeine, sugar and alcohol; get enough sleep Ė use imagery and a good mask to keep out light, for heavenís sake; eat healthy food Ė you know this stuff. This is the baseline of stress reduction.