I received the email below from a great friend of mine, Geralyn I. I want to share it with you to demonstrate how the practices I write about and teach can help individuals during the most difficult times of their lives.
“I've got a story for you, Tom.
I don’t know if you remember, but in the past, I told you about my friend Sally, whose husband had died after a year-long battle with cancer. And then, just a few weeks later, her sweet little dog was run over by a car right in front of her. Well, anyway, last night I saw Sally for the first time since all this happened. She’s still emotionally shaky, but she’s seeing a therapist she really likes, and she told me a story I thought you’d appreciate.
She said that for weeks, whenever she thought of her husband or her dog, she could only picture them the way they looked when they were dead. She couldn’t get those images out of her head. It was like a constant, revolving nightmare. She was afraid it would literally drive her mad. So her therapist asked if she’d be willing to try a visualization exercise to combat that. Now, Sally has never been one to believe in any of that “hocus pocus stuff" (as she put it) but she was willing to try anything at this point. So the therapist told her to imagine herself on a sunny beach, with palm trees, tropical breezes, ocean waves—the whole bit. Sally closed her eyes and followed the therapist’s instructions. She doesn’t know how long it took, but eventually, she found herself starting to relax. Then the therapist told her to look at the water and see what was out there. When she did, she saw her husband, happy and well, sitting in a boat holding their happy, squirming dog in his arms. She said she nearly jumped out of her chair, she was so amazed and relieved. And ever since then, when she thinks of the two of them, she sees them happily running along a beach together, kicking sand out behind them. The visualization exercise evidently tripped the wire in her brain that had been misfiring and causing those constant, horrible images. Sally is now a convert to visualization!
I know this isn’t exactly the kind of visualization you talk about on your website, but I thought you’d be interested in this story. It had me in tears.”
Thank you so much for sharing this Geralyn! I am certain a story like this can help a lot of people!
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder and President
Smart Health Wellness and Performance