A friend sent me this enchanting video footage of a 7 year old boy conducting an orchestra in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The orchestra is accomplished, and this wonderful kid, who definitely looks like somebody’s idea of Christopher Robin, has talent and aplomb. Check it out. The music is as fabulous as it’s familiar.
Hi. I am a former professional tennis player. I would like to know if you have any tennis CDs for kids. I would like to help them attune their minds to have fun with tennis. We all learn a system of technique – the footwork and strokes and so forth. But I would like to teach kids a system for playing from the heart, tranquil, happy, relaxed and joyful.
By the way, thank you for your CDs. i just replaced my hip and the Successful Surgery was a big hit with me. Thank you for that.
Please let me know about the kids. Take care.
Emilse Longo (Ed. Note: We only use the writer’s actual name when specifically told that it’s okay to do so, as we were told by Emilse)
Investigators from Maastricht University Medical Centre in The Netherlands reviewed the efficacy of cognitive intervention studies with the aging population, assessing earlier reviews by taking into account the methodological quality of the studies.
They performed a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCT) and clinical studies published between August 2007 and February 2012 in Pubmed and PsychINFO. The quality of the included RCTs was assessed according to the CONSORT criteria for RCTs. A total of thirty-five studies were included; twenty-seven RTCs and eight clinical studies.
The content of the intervention studies differed widely, as did the methodological quality of the included RCTs.
BR got this note from the mom of a college sophomore at The University of Chicago, who suffers from anxiety but who was very skeptical of guided imagery as a self-regulation solution for her troubles.
I learned so much from attending your workshop on Healing Trauma in
Bethesda a few weeks ago! Thank you for an interesting,
information-packed presentation. Little did I know that shortly after
this workshop I would get my 19-year-old daughter to try your imagery.
Over Thanksgiving she was home from the University of Chicago where she
is a sophomore. Where she goes to college probably tells you what kind
of person she is--smart, driven, perfectionistic, etc. etc.
We love it when active and retired military personnel find some benefit from our imagery recordings. We still hear from those who serve(d) in Afghanistan and Iraq, but they’re also really useful for transitioning service people.
Being newly civilian can make a person feel like a fish out of water. Naturally, it’s weird to go from functioning within a fairly firm structure, with lots of rules and regs, guidance and accountability, authority and support (for whatever the mission or task at hand is), to then be awash in the relative freedom and loosey-goosey chaos of civilian life.
It’s natural to lose confidence and self-esteem when we don’t yet know the ropes – especially when we’re used to knowing what we’re doing. Sometimes a little support is just the ticket.
A study tests the effectiveness of a guided imagery-based career transition program, and finds it is associated with higher rates of return to full time employment and greater perceived control over the job loss.
This randomized study examined the effectiveness of a guided imagery-based career transition program as compared to a placebo control condition in promoting reemployment in 52 unemployed business people recruited from four different outplacement firms in seven locations in California (60% male, 83% Caucasian, mean age: 46.8).
I am a 24 year old singer whose day job is delivering packages. I am told I have a really good voice and enough talent to make it professionally. I love to sing.
I had been trying to work up the guts to audition at various local venues or to even get up for open mic nights at a few clubs in my area. Only problem – just the thought of doing this terrified me. I could not bring myself to do it, I was that paralyzed with fear.
I started working with a personal coach, a friend of my sister’s, who got me into using my imagination to rehearse in my mind all the particulars of singing in front of a crowd. I worked with him for 4 weeks, and the change was downright amazing.
Last week, I sang at an open mic night, and once I got started, you could not have dragged me off the stage. Also, the response from the audience was really positive, and that kept me on a roll. I feel like I’ve broken through something really big. I also know that if I get scared again, I can go back to the methods my coach taught me. I am on my way to making my dream happen. He suggested I post this on your Inspiring Story page for others to see and take courage from.
My son has been out of work for over a year. He is a production artist. He had started working right after school and after a year they lost a client. He has had interviews but nothing so far. He loved that job. He now works part time as a cook until he can find something in his field. He went back to school for three months to learn web design. Can you suggest a CD to attract work? He will listen to it on his iPod.
Researchers from the Centre of Research and Innovation in Sport, at the University Claude Bernard and the University of Lyon in Villeurbanne, France, examined whether mental imagery (MI) training can increase muscle strength, especially when movements are under the control of large cortical areas in the primary motor cortex. (It has already been well established that it improves motor performance and motor learning.)
This pilot study experiment assessed whether MI can improve upper and lower limb strength, with complex, multi-joint exercises.
We love hearing from deployed soldiers and we’re finally getting some steady email from them. We welcome any and all feedback, as we continue to tweak some of our programs to better suit our military. By the way, take a look at what this soldier says about sleep meds at the end of his note.