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Guided Imagery for the Hellish Remodeling Experience

12 Apr

Ahhh, the hellish nature of remodeling!! Such profound weirdness, to have your space invaded and tossed asunder by strangers with bad habits!  Hell, even with good habits!  It’s all about disruption, disorientation, distress and dismay everywhere.

We were all reminded of this when we got this enchanting note last week, offering up the perfect situation for plugging up your ears with relaxing music and images and wishing external reality away. Here it is:

 

Belleruth,

You have no idea how you’ve helped me… the current crisis: we are remodeling.

This is from an email I sent to my son…

We’re in week 3 and I don’t know if I’m going to make it to the end without going absolutely nuts!

Yesterday, I came home and they (the contractors) were still there, so I turned around and went to Las Palmas (birthday) park. Called Uncle Johnny and chatted a bit… finally went home… they were STILL there (it was about 5:30 by now). I was furious about the windows and a few other things and didn’t want to talk to anyone. It was so bad all day, I kind of sequestered myself, and any time I did talk, it (the anger) would leak out.

ANYWAY, so when I got home at 5:30, I snuck into the house (they were head down, tail up working, vacuuming, etc.) They never knew I was there. I went into my bedroom, closed the door and locked it, and put on my headset (mindfulness stress reduction CD—thank god for Belleruth Naparstek!). I crawled into bed and tried to ignore the world.

They wouldn’t leave! Finally, I heard them call Dad. Eventually they left (about 6:30, as I recall). Apparently they had clogged the laundry toilet and were waiting for someone to come home to tell them where the plunger was so they could unplug it. Thankfully Dad told them where the plunger was and they unplugged it.

Like I said. I don’t know if I’m going to make it 8 more weeks.

Nancy

Belleruth Naparstek

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