Listening for the Voice of the Body
As with the previous task, developing the habit of writing, listening for the voice(s) of the body is a relatively new task I’ve added to the framework of one year of writing and healing. At the core of this task is using a process of writing and imagery to listen more closely to the voice of the body for the purposes of healing. It may be of particular relevance for those who are experiencing difficulty in the body, whether that be the difficulty of cancer or fibromyalgia or chronic pain or any illness that is located in the body. But these strategies also can be used to work with the mind.
This is a room I plan to grow and develop. Meanwhile, the best resources I know for healing imagery are those developed by Martin Rossman, a physician who co-founded the Academy for Guided Imagery which is where I learned the process of using interactive guided imagery for healing some fifteen years ago.
You can find his book and CD set here. These are similar to resources I used with patients back when I was practicing mind-body medicine. (A touch pricey if you get the CDs but worth considering if you’re drawn to imagery work–and a good deal if they end up being of use. I don’t get any kickback or profits by this link, or any links–if you’re wondering.)
You can find a document on research he’s compiled on imagery and healing here.
Photo is by Richard Palmer from the Wikimedia Commons: Morning Mist on Lake Mapourika, New Zealand