Posted by: 2in10 | 12/08/2010

imagery

Good morning, friends! I don’t want to wear out my welcome with Jill Bolte Taylor’s book, My Stroke of Insight, but there is one more passage I want to share. It relates to Peggy Huddleston’s work with visualization that I have featured. You recall her book, Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster and her techniques for harnessing the positive power of imagery. Here is a neuroanatomist who concurs.

In Chapter 14 Taylor is talking about her physical accomplishments in recovering from a massive stroke, being able to jump along the rocks on the beach and take the stairs two at a time. She says, “…Imagery has been an effective tool for regaining physical functions. I am convinced that focusing on how it feels to perform specific tasks has helped me recover them more quickly. I had dreamed of skipping up steps every day since the stroke. I held the memory of what it felt like to race up the steps with abandon. By replaying this scene over and over in my mind, I kept that circuitry alive until I could get my body and mind coordinated enough to make it reality.”

I have chosen phrases to bold to emphasize what I learned from Peggy that I believe is essential — visualize the goal and feel what that would feel like — to be five years older and be walking on the beach holding hands with your husband; to hold one’s grandchild yet to be born; to wake up cancer-free and sip a cup of coffee in the morning sunshine.

This is the holiday gift that goes on giving, and we can give it to ourselves and to those we love. With my best,

Carolyn

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