“Do not run away from grief, oh soul. Look for the remedy inside the pain because the rose came from the thorn and the ruby came from a stone”. – Rumi
Here’s a sample!
“The more you plough and dig the ground the more fertile it becomes. The more you cut the branches of a tree the higher and stronger it grows. The more you put the gold in the fire the purer it becomes. The more you sharpen the steel by grinding the better it cuts. Therefore, the more sorrows one sees the more perfect one becomes… ” Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i World Faith
“When inspiration has become hidden, when we feel ready to give up, this is the time when healing can be found in the tenderness of pain itself”.
– Pema Chödrön (born Deirdre Blomfield-Brow is an American, Tibetan Buddhist and ordained nun)
I don’t often talk about it – in public at any rate – but I have been exposed to many cutting edge or “far out” health & healing techniques and processes.
David Bresler, Ph.D. and Marty Rossman, MD, the founders of the Academy for Guided Imagery (AGI), have been on the forefront of alternative medicine and brought leading edge researchers and doctors to speak at AGI conferences I attended. Much of what I heard “blew me away” at the time.
This video reminded me of many of the concepts I heard about long ago. Watching it made me rethink my heart “problems”.
Even if your ticker is ticking just fine it will make you view your heart differently too.
Take the time to watch and expand your world of “possibility”.
(And for those of you who have not been “cured” by western mainstream medicine, watch!)
I’ve had the incredible fortune of studying under David Bresler Ph.D and Marty Rossman M.D. Both are pioneers in the field of MindBody Medicine. They founded The Academy for Guided Imagery, a teaching academy for health care professionals to provide treatment using individualized one-on-one imagery for health and wellness.
Not only did they train me to teach Interactive Guided Imagery(sm) they introduced me to a different way of thinking and experiencing my world.
Many of you already know that I keep ranting and raving about the power of our minds and not to dwell on the negative, not to focus on what we can’t do but on what we are capable of. SO! When I came across this article by Dr Rossman I HAD to share!!
“Repetitively shifting your attention to positive outcomes may actually result in growth in areas of your brain that start to do this automatically. My colleague, neuroscientist Dr. David Bresler, always says that
“what you pay attention to grows” and research proves him correct.
Neuroscience journalist Sharon Begley wrote in a 2007 Wall Street Journal article, “Attention, … seems like one of those ephemeral things that comes and goes in the mind but has no real physical presence. Yet attention can alter the layout of the brain as powerfully as a sculptor’s knife can alter a slab of stone.
” She describes an experiment at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in which scientists “rigged up a device that tapped monkeys’ fingers 100 minutes a day every day. As this bizarre dance was playing on their fingers, the monkeys heard sounds through headphones. Some of the monkeys were taught: Ignore the sounds and pay attention to what you feel on your fingers…Other monkeys were taught: Pay attention to the sound.”
After six weeks, the scientists compared the monkeys’ brains and found that monkeys paying attention to the taps had expanded the somatosensory parts of their brains (where they would feel touch) but the monkeys paying attention to the sounds grew new connections in the parts of the brain that process sound instead.
UCSF researcher Michael Merzenich and a colleague wrote that through choosing where we place our attention, “‘We choose and sculpt how our ever-changing minds will work, we choose who we will be the next moment in a very real sense, and these choices are left embossed in physical form on our material selves.'”
The Face of Joy was the first mask painting workshop I facilitated. Visions of the Invisible, In The Face of Pain was the second. It is a powerfully therapeutic experience, not to mention FUN! Yes, painting pain can be fun as long as you don’t have expectations of how it “should” look, know there’s no right or wrong way and simply use color to express feelings and experience.
Take a look (we paint the OUTSIDE and the INSIDE of the masks and then talk about them)! See if you can tell what each mask represents – joy, sadness, migraine, physical pain, emotional pain, hurt, hiding from others real feelings.
An aspect of the healing – besides the actual process of creating – is internalizing, in a non-objective manner, our feelings where we can be an observer. Observation helps us create distance which creates objectivity and thus changes the experience.
The journal process is a metaphor for layers and layers of experiences, feelings and thoughts of our lives; Some things covered up; Bits and pieces of others showing through; Each layer enriching the next; Forever creating who we are.
The pages are layered more and more with stacked writing, collage, spontaneous poetry, faux sketching, paint, stencils, torn paper, tissue paper, magazine images, words, tissue paper, stenciling, markers, foil, torn paper, cut paper, scribbles, scratches, doodles and all things creative.
(The colors in the slides are not as rich and deep as the originals — I’m having trouble with iphoto)
“Thanks. It gave me a smile to see my poem here. And the quote from mindfulness. I’m happy I stumbled on this blog. I was in a serious car accident a couple of months ago. I got a serious concussion and am still in the process of healing. This site encouraged me to explore more creativity. I can’t read music to practice my instrument but I can play with haiku. lol. It seems the rhythm of haiku is something my mind locks into a bit. (= Every day a new one; every day healing.” Lydia, ferretrunner.wordpress.com
About the Accident
Wreck, by Lydia
Ice stealing control Gravity pulls, spiral down Sudden crash, blackness.
Summer Deep indigo sky Crickets sing fireflies flash Bright stars dance in night
Anxiety Anxiety is Shapeless dark monster pouncing Snacking on life unlived
Ferrets Paw thumping on floor Ferret teeth chewing at itch Wake up! It’s playtime!
Sometimes I get discouraged. It can be a very lonely, solitary experience connecting with thousands of people in cyberspace. Well, not thousands, 80 or 90 at best and many of them are looking for information on butterfly fish – butterfly fish is the single most searched item on my blog, bar none.
I do get discouraged. I often wonder if I would reach more people if I were more consistent in my blog topics. I have a “swap meet-style” (you never know what you’re going to find – treasure or trash) rather than a “shoe store-style” (you always know what you’ll find, you just don’t know if it will fit).
I dismiss that thought because I have to amuse and interest myself to continue blogging in the event that no one else is amused or interested.
What really makes me continue blogging are all “the Lydias”. Every once in a while I get a message from someone like you who tells me that something I’ve written, or reposted has helped them in some small way.
That brings a smile to my face, love to my soul and sends my fingers walking up and down the swap-meet aisles.
Thank you Lydia for taking your time to comment.
P.S. If you want to meet Lydia’s Ferrets — about the cutest things I’ve seen go to: