Here is a wonderful post that appeared on the blog of a Registered Dietician and Wellness Coach named Chere Bork. It’s from Terry, an oncology nurse who uses guided imagery as part of her daily wellness regimen, for stress reduction and weight loss. She credits guided imagery when she answers friends and colleagues who ask how she manages to do everything she does. Check it out:
I came across guided imagery several years ago working as an oncology nurse with patients getting chemo and radiation treatments. The patients were provided with guided imagery CD’s. I started to listen to see what we were giving them. I found it so helpful to myself, that I bought a stress reduction CD. I have listened to this for years. More recently, I am using a weight loss CD.
We got this email from a woman who described her experiences with guided imagery for pregnancy and delivery, under a wide variety of circumstances, for several pregnancies and deliveries. As you can see, this has been sitting in our files for a while – she’s talking about using cassettes!
When I was pregnant with my first child, I used your pregnancy and labor cassettes throughout my pregnancy. I had the labor affirmations on repeat play during my whole delivery and had a wonderful, drug free, birth experience.
I got pregnant again a year after my son was born and miscarried. We were devastated. I was hesitant to listen to the tapes when I got pregnant again a few months later, as I knew there was the line about knowing when it is time to let go.
Here’s a wonderful example of how one man’s intuitively based, spontaneous imagery healed his past and helped him dramatically with what had been his difficulty making decisions.
Actually, I’ve heard a lot of stories like this one, especially when I was working on my second book, Your Sixth Sense, which was on intuition and imagery.
I love Wolf’s story – it’s fresh, altogether inspired and ingeniously healing. The best stuff can just pop like this into people’s heads from their innermost, smartest self...or perhaps from someplace way smarter than that.
In any case, he didn’t orchestrate it. It just showed up… and, as it happens, did some heavy lifting for him.
For those of you over 50 who are avoiding that dreaded colonoscopy appointment, this hilarious piece by Pulitzer-winning humorist, Dave Barry, just might get you laughing your way into the procedure room. This is why we decided that this qualifies as an Inspiring Story. We found this on a blog, cleverly named “semicolon”, that offers advice and survivor wisdom to those struggling with colon cancer, (I assume the blogger had a chunk of colon removed, and thus the “semi” moniker).
So, here is the piece. Enjoy! And for heaven’s sake, get your check-up – it’s not so bad!
A woman writes on her blog how, unbeknownst to her, she’d been integrating her guided imagery practice into her whole way of being, and now no longer needed the external tools. (This is very typical of how an immersive technique like guided imagery can sneak up on you, very subtly or incrementally and surprise you with a sudden awareness of completely integrated progress. It also has a way of sinking in and getting solidified while you’re taking a break from it.) She describes her epiphany thusly:
I had a strange revelation while walking today. You see, for several years while I was stressed out and depressed, I took great comfort in my walks. I walked year round. My walks along the creek were one of the few things that truly calmed me and brought me some peace of mind. For years I have always listened to a tape by Belleruth Naperstak [sic] (yes - her real name). Belleruth is a therapist who believes in visualization and has created a series of tapes/cds on a variety of topics. The idea is that you visualize where you want to be and this convinces your subconscious to head in that direction.
We got this email a while ago from a man coping with fibromyalgia, who got help for pain by using his own persistence and ingenuity. His latest addition to his FM toolkit was finding meditation for fibromyalgia, using mindfulness. Here are his own words:
As someone who has suffered from the chronic pain of fibromyalgia, I can definitively say that it can feel quite lonely. People can be judgmental and unsympathetic, as if we were making these symptoms up. I have been over-medicated with painkillers and anti-depressants in the past, and I have been told that it’s all in my head. I have fired my fair share of doctors, and now I have competent, understanding medical care.
And speaking of preemies, a friend passed this story along to us. It’s very moving. As you read it, you may feel it’s just too good to be true, but I’ve learned over the years that a lot of real things that actually happen seem too good to be true. Check it out.
Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling.
They found out that the new baby was going be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sang to his sister in mommy's tummy. He was building a bond of love with his little sister before he even met her.
Steve Petrow is a columnist on modern manners and an all-round terrific writer. This is his personal story, which first appeared in the Washington Post on May 26, where he talks about how he conquered the family tradition of excessive worry over things that might happen, with the help of a smart therapist, some guided imagery and a new mantra. Here it is verbatim:
Last fall, at precisely the same hour my 81-year-old mother was being handed a lung cancer diagnosis at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, my 84-year-old father was calling 911 for a pesky nosebleed. An ambulance rushed him to the emergency room of another hospital, where he was promptly turned away; it doesn’t admit patients for run-of-the-mill maladies such as nosebleeds. Uptown with my mother, I knew I’d lost the battle of helping Dad manage his anxiety.
It’s been a long struggle. Ten springs ago, Dad saw five neurologists, including the world-famous Oliver Sacks, because no one could tell him why he had increasing difficulty with his articulation and balance. Soon after, he e-mailed me: “I have some sort of degeneration in the cerebellum, cause unknown, no treatment, no cure. Thank God it’s so slow moving.”
I’m not sure you could call this video clip from the Ellen DeGeneres Show inspiring, but it’s pretty hilarious. This little 3-yr-old is making the case to his mom to let him have a cupcake. The substance of his argument is that Grandma lets him have them.
He’s buttressing his ask with a dazzling display of swagger. I’d love to meet the person who’s been modeling this behavior for the little dude. Or maybe not...
In any case, it’s wildly comic to see this behavior in a little squeezer, but this mom, who’s sort of holding her own here, may need a team of parenting coaches in the future, just to stay a half-step ahead of her little litigator as he gets older.
Seriously, if you do nothing else today, check this out - guaranteed comic relief.