Well. So, Thanksgiving has come and gone, and my kids and their families have all left for home (6 adults and 6 little boys, ranging in age from 3 mos. to 9 years.)
My new morning meditation consists of wandering around my silent, peaceful house, in search of random Lego parts. This is best done by padding around barefoot, as they cannot be seen by the human eye - only felt on the bottom of the foot.
I also invoke all hidden clothing items to come forth and make themselves known -socks, T-shirts and sports bras will be making surprise appearances over the next week or so.
Word to the wise: a favorite hiding place is inside those elasticized sheet corners after the dry cycle ends Ė whole families of socks can be found tucked away in there.
Iíll bet many of you have seen the much discussed article in the New York Times on the research that shows how helping people with sleep deprivation, through cognitive behavioral techniques, also helps them with depression.
The reverse causal connection has been common knowledge for some time Ė that one of the results of being depressed is disordered sleep Ė either too much or too little.
So itís interesting to see that fixing sleep problems can also do some fixing of depression.
Very good news, because there are plenty of simple, effective ways to improve sleep. (Donít take my word for it Ė check out the feedback on guided imagery for sleep over at our Inspiring Story page!) Depression is a tougher nut to crack.
Hello again and hooray! Itís soon to be Thanksgiving, my all time favorite holiday.
I love the way the whole house smells delicious and family and friends can kind of laze around and watch football, and keep going back to the fridge to eat more, sharing juicy bits of personal information between bites, at their leisure.
To me, thereís something very permissive and forgiving about ThanksgivingÖ. maybe because itís not a religious holiday, so whatever inherent tensions, guilt, divisions, crankiness or resentment that are normally embedded in those issues just arenít evoked.
Itís also designed to help with attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity and learning problems.
This is for adults, but will also work perfectly well for teens and even middle school kids if they donít mind listening to a few 50-cent words here and there.
Iím thinking it would make a sensational gift combined with Traci Steinís Overcoming Procrastination for someone whoís driving themselves a little nuts trying to kick start a little sustained effort and focus, at work or at school. Consider this as a new kind of super-functional holiday gift this season.
Well, I saw this and had to stop the presses and post it on this update page. Please take a look at what Deborah Cohan, OBGYN and Mom of two, did in the O.R. right before her double mastectomy to prevent a likely occurrence of breast cancer later on down the road. If nothing else, it will set you up to have a lovely day.
Itís also very, very smart and worth imitating under similar circumstances (and even not so similar).
And if youíre in a violent or abusive relationship, please check out their safety plan Ė if only one or two people see this and use it, this is worth posting. Please send this information along to anyone you think can benefit from it.
Well, itís Breast Cancer Month and pink is everywhere. I walked into a Columbus, Ohio Krogerís yesterday and there they were, giving out pink shakes in return for a dollar donation to breast cancer research.
Yep, youíll find pink pretty much everywhere you go, and everyone knows what that stands for, too. Very nice to see what a successful campaign this has become.
And weíre joining the crowd with our Pink Ribbon Survive & Thrive Pack for those whoíve gotten past cancer, not to mention the friends and family whoíve survived it too.
Particularly good for people who got a lot out of their guided imagery
during the scariest times of their diagnosis or cancer treatment, and
are now feeling the need to keep doing something, this is a way of
keeping up this empowering, reassuring practice, in the service of
Okay, so, granted, the travelogue thatís to follow has little to do with holistic health or mind-body medicine. So shoot me. Iím itching to describe my impressions of an extraordinary trip through Silk Road territory in Uzbekistan Ė where centuries of world trade converged, and where goods and ideas, religions and inventions, innovations in math, the arts and astronomy were exchanged along with foods, music and clothing styles - from everywhere. Wow!
I have to say that, in spite of our current Congressional lunacy, the flawed US is looking pretty darn good to me, after two and a half weeks in a family-owned country. Even the school kids and the professors get called up to do mandatory cotton picking for export (I kid you not) for as much as two months a year. Profits go to the president's family piggy bank.
In fact, the internet was down for 2 days in Bukhara. Why, you might ask? The tech support staff was unceremoniously sent off to pick cotton - which, by the way, drains all the water out of the country. Cotton is one thirsty plant, and the Aral Sea is half its original size and getting smaller every day. If they keep this up - and they will - this country will be out of water and out of luck, in no time. They are double-landlocked on all sides.
Autumn is upon us, with markedly shorter days and sunlight becoming a whole lot
scarcer. We thought it would be a good idea to revisit this piece on seasonal depression. So here it is, with a few
additions, thanks to some smart people adding their ideas.
I remember from
my 33 years of clinical practice that itís right around now that the light
starts to change and seasonal depression sets in. Starting around
Halloween, therapists become overbooked, their schedules bursting at the seams
with new appointments and people coming back for a ďtune-upĒ, not feeling so
hot all of a sudden.
Belleruth is traveling in Uzbekistan. Since she has little or no internet access, I am filling in this week with the Health Journeys Update.
Fall has arrived in Northeast Ohio. Itís no longer comfortable to sit outside on the deck and listen to nature while drinking the morning coffee and reviewing emails. A good reminder to all of us here at Health Journeys that the holidays will be here before we know what happened, so weíve been busy putting together our next catalog. We expect to be mailing it around the end of October.
Because many of you feel that the choice of a guided imagery audio is a very personal one, best left to the recipient, we are often asked if gift cards are available. We are very pleased to tell you, that at long last we have the programs in place to offer Health Journeys gift cards. Initially, we will offer gift cards in denominations of $15, $30, $50 and $100. Since this is a new program for us, we will be using your feedback to tailor the program to meet your needs, so if you have comments or suggestions please let us know.