Some friends are concerned about another friend who is about to undergo brain surgery, and ask how t
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It’s great that you have such self-awareness and concern for your friend that you know that your job is to contain your anxiety and not get in the way of his healing. Too often people get so upset over a beloved friend or family member’s situation, that it somehow becomes about them, and energy has to be diverted from the actual crisis into reassuring and taking care of them. How wise of you to look for meditation and imagery methods that will reduce your sense of helplessness and keep it under control!
There are many possibilities, lots of good resources for anxiety and stress: Tracy Carreon’s A Moment’s Peace: Reducing Stress and Creating Balance through Guided Visualization ; Letting Go of Stress by Emmett Miller; a DVD, Momentary Meditations by Barbara Biziou; our own Health Journeys Relaxation & Wellness ; Andy Weil’s Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing; and Stress Relief by Michael Reed Gach.
Any one of these can do the job of keeping you centered and steady. Good luck to you both and your friend, too!
Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award