At the end of March, we had an opportunity to attend an evening with Anita Moorjani, author of New York Times bestsellers, Dying to Be Me, and What If This is Heaven? It was a special evening at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living in Encinitas. I’d read her first book, Dying to Be Me, which details her remarkable 4-year journey from end-stage cancer, through near-death experience, to total healing, ...
Even as a child, I was a voracious reader, and I was completely happy in any room that had books and a chair to curl up in.
When I learned last year that I needed surgery to remove a tumor from my kidney that was so large it required major surgery and a lengthy recovery, I thought at least one silver lining would be more time to read. Seriously.
Well, that didn’t happen. Between what the surgery took out of me physically, and the drugs for pain and nausea, I couldn’t maintain focus long enough to read a single paragraph for months. And when I was finally able to concentrate again, the tide of my life came bounding back in, swamping everything in its path and leaving a stack of books still unread.
And there they sit, a temptation constantly calling to me...
I would say that I’ve been lucky enough to bounce back incredibly fast from all of this, except that Jess and I both believe in stacking the deck in our favor, so to speak. For years, we’ve both used guided meditation CDs to enhance health and mood, and are positive that it really paid off this time too.
I listened to Belleruth Naparstek’s Meditations to Promote Successful Surgery starting about 10 days before the surgery, and have listened to it every day since. It contains healing imagery to use before the surgery to “anticipate a successful surgery experience, surrounded by protection and support, the body slowing down blood flow and speeding up its mending capacity,”
So, now we wait. When I was in Post-Op just prior to leaving the hospital last Wednesday evening, Dr. Blair, my surgeon stopped by to say that the surgery had gone very well and that she was pleased. That’s important, of course, with the tumors gone, the immune system can focus on healing. But just because the primary tumors have been eliminated by surgery, doesn’t mean I’m cancer free.
I'm learning more about my art, and from my art, every day. It's not so much a matter of skill or practice... mostly it's a shift in perspective, a way of shaping how I look at and exist in the world.
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