Imagine That: Imagery Stories &

Activities to Help Young People

Learn to Improve Their

Behavioral Self-Control

by Janis Silverman

(Feb 1, 2011)

Paperback

Janis L. Silverman
Breast Cancer Guided Imagery Stories

Relax, Reflect, Restore and Recover: Guided Imagery meditations for Women with Breast Cancer, Available from Amazon as a Kindle Ebook. Can be used on a Kindle, iPad, iPod, or PC.

Breast cancer surgery and treatment can cause stress, fear, worry, and physical side effects. Studies show that guided imagery meditation can quiet the mind and reduce the severity of physical symptoms. The mind and body learn to relax, as a woman visualizes meditations like Healing Light, The Blanket, My Garden, Peace, Kindness, Love, Compassion, and Healing Words, which offer relaxation, visions of hope and comfort.
Relax, Reflect, Restore and Recover is a collection of meditation readings from diagnosis of breast cancer, through surgery, and during a period of radiation, and/or chemotherapy. The book is meant to be a companion for someone experiencing the entire process and the recovery period, as well. Each guided imagery meditation, poem or nondenominational prayer encourages a woman to relax, let go, and open up her heart to possibilities. Imagery stories meant to uplift and encourage, include, Grace, Gratitude, Dream, Angels, and Joy. Journaling is a suggested part of these meditations so that every woman shares her thoughts, emotions, hopes and dreams for the future.

In this unabridged version, the four sections: Relax, Reflect, Restore and Recover focus on the positive and the future. Meditations in the Restore and Recover section include, Choices, Tomorrow and Take Control, supporting a breast cancer patient as she looks ahead to what she wants in her life. The readings encourage, focus on gratitude and positive thought, assisting a woman to weed out negative thoughts. These meditations travel with a woman from diagnosis to healing and renewal.

Janis Silverman, a  breast cancer survivor, developed and used these meditations during her experience with breast cancer. Ms. Silverman wishes to make these readings available to every woman who can benefit from them. The reader may listen to or read the meditations and select her favorites from over one hundred imagery stories on an Ebook reader or focus on each stage of her journey with an audio version. Ms. Silverman has been using and writing imagery meditations for many years.

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Relax: Staying Grounded after Diagnosis, Selections from Relax, Reflect, Restore and Recover

Imagery meditations soothe and comfort. Guided imagery encourages a woman to listen to her heart, to overcome fears, to relax and reduce stress. Each guided imagery meditation, poem or nondenominational prayer lets the patient know that she is not alone. Each imagery story guides a woman or a man with breast cancer to sort out his/her feelings, question fears and negative thoughts, calm anxiety, and restore some normalcy to daily life.

Imagery means creating pictures in the mind. New pictures develop new thought patterns; break the cycle of worry. Visions of gratitude, hope, and peace can replace gloomy pictures in the mind. The imagery stories guide a patient to use deep relaxed breathing and meditation. An individual will then journal her reflections, sort out positive steps and coping strategies she can employ each day.

The imagery stories in Relax invite and encourage the mind-body connection. These meditations support a patient to muster inner strength and confidence to face the future. Using visualization, deep, rhythmic breathing, drawing and writing, a patient can find inner strength, grace, gratitude and peace for the road ahead.

Reflect: Cultivating Your Garden after Surgery,Selections from Relax, Reflect, Restore and Recover

More anxiety. So many questions and concerns about treatment.

How to manage all of this?

When Janis Silverman could find no meditations specific to her experience of breast cancer, she wrote her way to positive mental health, lower stress and less pain. Janis wrote more than one hundred guided imagery meditations, prayers and poems during her surgery and treatments. "These meditations kept me positive," said Silverman. "I put my mind into a cocoon; state, living in the moment. The imagery stories gave me strength, surrounded me with light, compassion, kindness, healing thoughts, hope and courage." Janis is sharing her imagery stories in four audio books.

Guided imagery meditations in Reflect: Cultivating Your Garden after Surgery focus on developing inner strength, courage, compassion, hope, laughter, and a support system. Other meditations consider ways to enjoy this moment, the beauty and tranquility of nature and treating oneself with kindness. Using visualization, deep, rhythmic breathing, drawing and writing, a patient can find inner strength, peace and nurture herself before her treatment begins.

Restore: Seeing Beyond Exhaustion and Side Effects, Selections from Relax, Reflect, Restore and Recover

Exhaustion.
Skin changes.
Gastric pain.
Nausea
How to live with grace and joy during treatment?
How to see beyond this moment?

When Janis Silverman could find no meditations specific to her experience of breast cancer, she wrote her way to positive mental health, lower stress and less pain. Janis wrote more than one hundred guided imagery meditations, prayers and poems during her treatments. “These meditations helped me during therapy,” said Silverman. “I acknowledged my feelings and the rough side effects, focused my thoughts on tomorrow, on wellness, on prayer, planning my dreams. Meditation helped me lessened physical and emotional pain.” Janis is sharing her imagery stories in four Kindle and four audio books. Meditations in Restore offer comfort, relaxation, strength, visions of a healthy and fulfilling tomorrow. Several imagery stories guide a patient to reduce pain and stress of therapy while envisioning the body healing with each treatment. Other imagery meditations encourage planning hopes and dreams. Imagery meditations guide a breast cancer patient to sort out feelings, question fears and negative thoughts, calm anxiety. Each guided imagery meditation lets the patient know that she is not alone.

Recover: Healing and Renewal, Selections from Relax, Reflect, Restore and Recover

Feeling fried, limp
So exhausted, like running two marathons
Concerned about the future
How to move past worry and exhaustion?
How to move into a great future?

When Janis Silverman could find no meditations specific to her experience of breast cancer, she wrote her way to positive mental health, lower stress and less pain. Janis wrote more than one hundred guided imagery meditations, prayers and poems during her treatments. “These imagery meditations helped me see my healing and my future,” said Silverman. “I pictured Love, Light, Restoring my health, Healing, Wellness, Mending mind and body, Recovery, Thriving, Re-energizing, Blossoming, and Flourishing. Then I focused my thoughts on my tomorrow and planning my future. I celebrated the end of therapy and the new beginnings.” Janis is sharing her imagery stories in four Kindle and four audio books. Meditations in Recover help a patient restore mind and body, to plan her future, to allow herself time to rest and heal. physically and emotionally. Visualizations of strength and courage accompany revitalization and needed self-care. Other meditations offer hope for renewed spirit to create the future. Imagery meditations guide a breast cancer patient to sort out feelings, question fears and negative thoughts, calm anxiety. Each guided imagery meditation lets the patient know that she is not alone.


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