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Resting in Restless Times?

by Michael Ketterhagen

One of my chemotherapy chemicals that I am given once a week has a side effect of insomnia. Well, that’s what happens to me usually every Monday evening after my treatment. I lie in bed with the outside dark or moonlit and my mind is perfectly clear, thinking of all kinds of things.

Well, I learned that when I just relax and bring my mind to pay attention to one of the thoughts and follow the breath as it moves in my body that soon I am sound asleep. During this time in my life with the cancer, deep relaxation, like the kind that comes in massage or in a Healing Touch appointment, is a very important practice in healing.