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Day 340: more than fluff

6 Dec

Reporting live from Hilton Head.
It’s gorgeous.

At least the view is from the hotel, inside the hotel, in my hotel room. Oh, yes, and the conference center too.

I actually did have a few minutes to sit in a hammock over lunch and listen to the sea breeze and waves all around. I probably could have slept there for hours.

But, I had things to do today — or rather, learn.
It’s Day 2 of NICABM for me.  My first conference here, it’s last.  Kind of ironic.

Today’s agenda: guided imagery.
And, if you think that’s all fluffy-duffy-stuffy, well, you need to meet Belleruth Naparstek.

I was totally engrossed today as she shared her findings, research and results of using guided imagery with military vets who are transitioning back into civillian life or who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress.

Bottom line: it’s works.
The best part is how she created guided meditations just for the military, in a language and style they can relate to and understand (think drill sergeant commanding you to give meditation a try).

It all came about through the heart-wrenching experience of a military vet who lost his son to suicide and wanted to help other families avoid it — even if it meant having to do the ooey-gooey meditation work!  

Hey, even I was slow to join meditation nation and the only thing I have ever gone to battle over was a sweater on sale at Marshalls.

But, really, this is brilliant.

I think it’s safe to say the stress of war has been tough on all of us — especially those on the front lines, and, their families.

Plus, there is a ton of proof to back up the power of guided imagery.  For example, really big scientific words I don’t know how to spell.  Just kidding, you can read more here in Belleruth’s own words.

But, today’s take-away for me was this:  guided imagery is a simple yet effective way to get past the trauma, and cope after the fight/flight/freeze reaction by delivering soothing therapy straight to the reptillian brain.

There are many more guided imagery CD’s on for our other reptilian brain bonanzas (and more!), including stress management, healthy sleep, stop smoking, infertility, depression, weight loss, cancer — there’s even one to help your child to go to sleep at night!

Speaking of…
I’m turning into a pumpkin. 
Sweet dreams.

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