If you live with Chronic Illness, you’ve experienced your fair share of medical testing! The truth about MRIs is that while they provide undeniably important information, they are loud, cold, very small tubes that you’re expected to lay inside for hours without moving a muscle.
Whether you enjoy the MRI experience, are claustrophobic and dread every moment, or are just looking for something to do while you’re in there, here are 5 meditations to try when you get an MRI:
Just breathe – sounds simple, right? For
Have a choreographic mind? Try imagining yourself or others moving to the rhythm of the sound coming from the MRI machine. Are you on stage by yourself? With a group? Are you watching from the audience? Notice how the movements change as the MRI machine shifts to a new section of your body with a click, click, click.
3. Visual Art
More of a visual artist? Let colors and brushstrokes come to mind as you feel the vibration and sound change throughout the MRI process. Notice what types of shapes you’re drawn to, the speed of your strokes, and how the mediums change throughout the process.
Gratitude – specifically for your body’s abilities. There are many reasons one might find themselves needing an MRI, but
Think about an intention you want to set for the time of the MRI test, that specific day, or this entire year. Something you want more of in your life, something you want to feel, or how you want to heal. It can even be the gratitude of your body’s abilities. Then, create a phrase. For example, “I am grateful for this test, it will help me be my best.” Or, “I send love to myself, I send love to others.” Or, I acknowledge the pain and welcome positivity.” Breathe normally and repeat your Mantra to yourself again, and again…and, again.
Living with Chronic Illness often means not having control over what’s happening in your body, and having to go through experiences you’d rather not. What YOU CAN CONTROL is how you approach and react to experiences. If you’re looking for a different way to approach your next MRI, give one of these meditations a try!