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,”
and affirmations to help speed the recovery process after surgery. We brought it with us to the hospital, intending to ask the anesthesiologist if I could use it during surgery. But by the time he finally stopped by, I was already so mentally/emotionally prepped and completely relaxed, I never brought it up because it felt so unnecessary.
If you’ve not used guided imagery before, there is a link to a free download from her website on stress relief (you can always opt out of their email list after you've listened).
It’s not the one I actually used, but it’s a good sample of what her work is about. It’s surprising how effective the Successful Surgery CD was in helping me feel safe and surrounded by good intentions, including yours. I am so grateful!
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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