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Archive for the ‘Self-Care’ Category

For Our Military Heros – Dr. Jerry Epstein

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

For Our Military Heroes — Stress Reduction: Mental Healing Through Imagery by Jerry Epstein, MD

As a medical doctor in the receiving hospital at Valley Forge, PA, I saw first hand the physical and emotional toll of the Vietnam War on the returning vets. At that time I did not know of mental imagery (visualizations) and its potential as a powerful healing tool to help our veterans readapt to civilian life.

Mental imagery can help heal the whole person – ease and help repair physical suffering and pain, reduce anxiety, depression, and guilt, reverse PTSD, and restore purpose and meaning to life.  Requiring only a few seconds of time, it can be done anywhere, at any time, at no cost.

As warriors, veterans have been conditioned through their training and experiences to live on hyper-alert, ready to respond to the slightest stimuli in a world of potential danger.  At home, these once useful traits need to be toned down, recalibrated, to live in a world of peace.

Using their most powerful “weapon”, their minds, veterans can re-train themselves to be less reactive, slow down and once again “smell the roses.”

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Linda Blachman Transitions Workshops – SF Bay Area

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Hello dear colleagues,

Linda Blachman

Linda Blachman

I’m delighted to announce the launch of my life transitions workshops for women midlife and beyond, starting mid-July in Berkeley, California. There will be two concurrent groups,
5 sessions each, Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, Sundays 2-4 pm.

Each session will engage you with a variety of ideas, practices and tools (including
guided imagery) for connecting deeply with yourself and the present moment and discovering a creative path through change.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $350  ($395 AFTER JUNE 30th)

You can find more information on my website:  http://lindablachman.com

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Happiness is Doing This

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Happiness: Savoring is the Antidote to Habituation

by Glenda Cedarleaf,

Glenda Cedarleaf

Glenda Cedarleaf

I attended a workshop last Friday on Positive Psychology with Dr. Lynn Johnson. His opening remark was about how amazement is our natural default state of mind. Unfortunately, we can easily fall prey to habituation. The antidote to habituation is to develop the process of savoring, of reconnecting with our sense of wonder and deep appreciation of our lives.

This got me thinking about why I love guided imagery. When we settle into an imagery journey, it is as if we are taking a magnifying glass and looking deeply, into the sights and sounds and kinesthetic sense of the experience. The theta brain wave state enhances this deepening. How satisfying to be fully present, to let go of distractions and truly be in the journey.

Click here to read the entire article and to watch the video  and receive a free downloadable E-Book and meditative video.

Glenda Cedarleaf, MSW LCSW

Clinical Hypnotherapist

Holistic Psychotherapist and Coach

Women’s Group and SoulCollage(R) Facilitator

Don’t Be A Dick, Be A Jane

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Emmett Miller, MD

Emmett Miller, MD

This year’s theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Inspiring Change.” In keeping with that theme, we are proud to present today’s guest, Elisa Parker, who is indeed a superhero when it comes to inspiring women to discover their personal purpose and passion, and to bring that passion into action in the world.

Elisa Parker is the co-founder, president & host of the award winning radio program, See Jane Do, where she shares her wisdom, experience, and guidance serving women, social justice, and the environment. Male or female, you will be inspired by the heart and commitment Elisa models so well. 

To learn more about Elisa Parker and Women’s Day click HERE.

Sue Ezra’s Equinox Workshop

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Blossom into Spring – Saturday, March 22, 2014 2:00-5:00 pm – Fairfax, California

Click HERE to download flyer

Susan Ezra

Susan Ezra

Spring is the season to bring forth seeds of the self that have been gestating during the winter.

Awaken from the dormant, quiet, inner-focused time and step into the light of activity and renewed energy. What do you want to birth, re-birth or create anew?

Imagine a young tree seedling beginning to push through the dark soil into the warmth and light of the sun. This is the Life Force energy of Spring. It is time to cleanse, nourish and support the liver, associated with the element of wood. The animal is the dragon, the color is green and the emotion is turning anger into kindness and forgiveness.

We will use Meditation, Guided Integrative Imagery and Chi Gong for individual and collective benefit. Integrative Imagery is a powerful mind-body practice utilizing the imagination to harness our inner wisdom and resources. Through Chi Gong we learn to cultivate our own vital life force through endearing forms like Blossom into Spring and the Crystal Generator. Come join us to usher in the Spring and plant the seeds for YOUR new beginnings!

Location: My House in Fairfax – Directions will be emailed

Cost: By Donation

Register: Please send an email to me confirming your attendance by March 15th.

Information: susan.ezra@gmail.com or call 415-308-7808

Susan Ezra, RN, HNC has dedicated her nursing career of more than 30 years to assisting people in accessing their own healing abilities. She is a leading practitioner and teacher of Integrative Imagery. She has studied Chi Gong for the past 18 years and loves to share these gifts. For more information, visit: www.susanezra.com

Tallulah Lyons Power Point

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Tallulah Lyons

Tallulah Lyons

Distilling the Magic from Dream Imagery was Tallulah Lyons, MEd topic at our 5th Annual Conference.  Her Power Point presentation is now available for your viewing pleasure and education. We thank Tallulah for the inspiration and hope that her talk offered.

Tallulah is co-creator and co-director of the Cancer Project (now called the Healthcare Project) conducted by the International Association for the Study of Dreams from 2005-2013.

She is the author of Dreams and Guided Imagery: Gifts for Transforming Illness and Crisis (reviewed in Dec. issue of ImagiNews) and Dream Prayers: Dreamwork as a Spiritual Path.  She frequently writes articles including one in the Sept. issue of ImagiNews. She is on the staff of two cancer wellness centers in Atlanta hospitals, and has facilitated groups with cancer patients and offered presentations across the country for fifteen years. She is on the faculty of the Haden Institute Summer Dream Conference. Tallulah’s passion is to bring the power of healing imagery into all areas of integrative healthcare. To learn more about Tallulah Lyons, visit her website: www.healingpowerofdreams.com.  Click HERE to Read an interview with Tallulah Lyons. Click HERE to listen to a podcast interview with her.

Celebrate the Solstice San Francisco Bay Area

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Celebrate the Solstice Saturday, December 21st, 2013, 2:00-5:00 pm/ Yoga Garden 412 Red Hill Blvd. San Anselmo, California. Click HERE to download the flyer.

Greetings Imagery Colleagues,

Susan Ezra

Susan Ezra

From darkness comes light/ From quiet comes sound/ From stillness comes forward movement

Solstice means for the sun to stand still-pause-then turn. Turn inward, and harmonize with the natural rhythm of winter. This is the season for slowing down, contemplation, holding the light in the dark, keeping the fires burning for warmth.

The element is water, the emotion is moving fear into gentleness, the organ of winter is the kidney and the animal energy is the blue-black turtle.

We will use Meditation, Guided Integrative Imagery and Chi Gong for individual and collective benefit. Integrative Imagery is a powerful mind-body practice utilizing the imagination to harness our inner wisdom and resources. Through Chi Gong we learn to cultivate our own vital life force while finding balance and harmony in the elements of nature all around us. Sacred chants with Susan Lacroix will be part of the experience as well. In the midst of this busy holiday season, give yourself this gift of light and renewal. (more…)

Glenda Cedarleaf’s New Website

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Glenda Cedarleaf specializes in creating Videos with lush images, a soothing voice and easy listening background music.  On this new website she answers the question ‘How does Guided Imagery Reduce Stress and Promote Healing?’

Glenda writes in her latest newsletter “Although it has been a while since writing to you, I have been hard at work and I am delighted to share this big news with you !

Last spring, I decided it was time to bring all of my guided meditation audios and videos together in a way that makes it really easy to incorporate guided imagery into our lives. Over the years, I have written and recorded over 40 guided meditation audios and videos. So I started researching how to do this most effectively. I collaborated with my awesome business manager Andrea Cinnamond of http://www.WomenRocktheInternet.com and the “Haven of Relaxation” was conceived.

In a nutshell, this site is mobile-friendly, affordable and easily accessible. For your convenience, it contains all of my audios and videos in one place.

It offers the experience of guided meditation in “bite size pieces”so that the listener has more context for each journey , and will be more informed about which journey might best meet their needs.”

To visit Glenda Cedarleaf’s website and get your gift,  click HERE.

 

 

Podcast Interview: Image as Healer

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

October 2013 Conference Speaker Kate Sculti: Image as Healer

Click HERE to listen.

Kate Sculti

Kate Sculti

Kate Sculti,RNP, MPH,FAMSF Docent, talks with Lea Bayles, Program Director for Imagery International, about her passion for the healing power of imagery and about her experiences combining imagery with art in the innovative Art and Healing Program she has designed for veterans. This program, currently in the pilot stage at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, brings the healing power of the image, via artistic engagement, to ill, injured and grieving individuals. Kate, a health professional for over 20 years and an Imagery International board member, will be a featured presenter at the 5th Annual Imagery International Conference in Burlingame California, October 4-6, 2013, offering the workshop: Image as Messenger of Meaning – Image as Healer.

You can contact Kate by email HERE.

Podcast Interview: Imagery and Sacred Sound

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

October 2013 Conference Speaker Nina Redman: Imagery and Sacred Sound

Click HERE to listen.

Nina Redman

Nina Redman

Nina Redman explores the connections between sound, spirit, imagery, healing, and “risking something big for the sake of something good” in this conversation with Lea Bayles, Imagery International Program Director.

Nina Redman is a semi-retired psychotherapist in Seattle Washington with a deep passion for the mind-body and spirit connection. She uses imagery extensively in her practice and often combines imagery with EMDR  (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Toning, a sounding technique, Nina is particularly skilled in helping people through life-threatening health crises by teaching mental interventions which benefit both physical and emotional health. Nina has been on the faculty of the Academy of Guided Imagery and has utilized her imagery work with the patients of numerous doctors, including Andrew Weil, MD. Nina will present the workshop, Invitation to Awe, at the Imagery International conference in Burlingame California Oct 4-6, 2013.