A friend, who is mourning the death of her daughter, told me she is using the meditation CD in the back of my book. It is helping her grieve. Another friend has suggested my book to someone going through post-traumatic stress syndrome. I am pleased that the Guide and CD are being used for divergent needs because they are about healing…healing from anything…healing for anything. I have called it Writing & Healing: A Mindful Guide for Cancer Survivors, because I am a cancer survivor and care deeply about helping other during and after treatment. But it is for everyone. Even those who simply want to be happier.
Recently I used it myself to see if I can learn to take better care of myself. I used the meditation CD and Self-Care exercises from Writing & Healing Session 6:
Listening to my voice on the CD almost put me to sleep—but I felt relaxed and ready to write from a place deeper and more still than I could access before.
The first exercise is to complete the following line:
“I reached out my hand and something was placed in my upturned palm. It was ___________ and I knew it meant…”
I wrote: I reached out my hand and a feather was placed in my upturned palm. I knew that it meant that I was to make myself lighter; to be more responsive to the way life blows us into hard things, into work, but also lifts us into fun and rest (if we let it). “Trust the wind,” it would have said if it had a voice. My cardinal-red feather.