"A story has emotional power: it brings meaning, hope and vision together; it connects body and soul. It can be as simple as a saying or as complex as a biography; it can come from a conversation, a newspaper clipping, a movie or a myth. A story can bring the power of imagination into a situation. If we identify with the story, it becomes incorporated into us, and every cell and molecule in our body responds. When a person is in a crisis and uncertain, the right words can be life-sustaining. There is an 'Aha!' response when the soul makes a link between a story and my story, a sense of recognition that something feels intuitively, deeply right; a match between inner inclination and outer configuration. When a patient learns that other patients with this same illness, or the same stage of the illness, recover, it contributes to recovery: if she could or he could do it, then I can, too!"
Jean Shinoda Bolen, Close to the Bone: Life-Threatening Illness and the Search for Meaning (New York: Scribner Books, 1996)
- Practice visualization and positive affirmations to help your body and your mind know the past is not necessarily your future. By "visualization," I mean seeing your desired goal in your mind's eye, as if it's already happened. Top athletes often use this technique. Different types of visualization have produced good results in many areas of health care. Affirmations are positive statements you repeat every day, especially when you're deeply relaxed, to send your body the messages you want it to have.