Have you ever had a migraine headache? Rather, I am going to use the language I recently heard and believe: they are more accurately called “migraine attacks.” That sounds so much more fierce and banging difficult that a headache.
At first, I resigned these migraines as normal because they were hereditary. My own brain had made up that story since my mum had them, and I can remember in high school that every time the weather changed, I would get a headache. So, fast forward, it took me until my mid-fifties to realise that there was a such thing as barometric pressure mediated migraines. But no matter – they HURT like nothing I can describe. Once, when I got the visual disturbances called “scintillae,” it cost me my student private pilot license at a class two flight physical.
And I ramble. So, I was at an extremely low point in life in the early half of 2016 and migraines were coming hard and heavy several times a week, and I prayed to the gods Relpax, Maxalt, and Icepacks ceaslessly. Then a funny thing happened in June 2016 – I found Louise L Hay’s book “You Can Heal Your Life,” and also some affirming recordings on YouTube. On a bet, I undertook a 30 day journey to listen to these recordings once a day without variance for a month. Some days I listened twice or thrice a day. And then, it was in October 2016 I suddenly realised: I had not had one single migraine attack since April!
Delighted, I continued my health affirming routine. I did not take my life. I did not succumb to agoraphobia or enveloping depression. I went to the V.A. hospital and got treatment. My family rallied around me and bathed me with love. Life got better and better.
Until last night – I awoke at 02:30 WITH A FLIPPIN’ MIGRAINE! I found a Maxalt and grabbed an ice pack from the freezer and fell back to sleep in great pain. Fortunately, when I awoke, albeit woozy from the pill, I was pain free. But really – what the heck happened?
At least I remembered the One Great Lesson: Look for the good in tragedy.
I have been off my positivity exercises.
I have been binging on Scandal and Supernatural on Netflix.
I have been complaining about things, most notably the White House enveloped Orange One.
Today was a day I reclaimed the Good.
Listened to Gregorian Change in 432Hz. Discovered a couple of books to read. Wept. Prayed. Smiled.
What if we did that consistently? What if we (and by we, I definitely include myself) looked for the good in hiding places like migraine attacks?
© Lizzie Bennett PhD RN
Lizzie Bennett is a Registered Nurse and Ordained Minister of some years. She is a thought and cognitive therapist and owns Three Moons Medicine™ as her private counseling and coaching practice, a blog, educational forum, Facebook page, and outreach to support others on their journey.
Resources (note: some affiliate links are present):
Three hours of Gregorian Chant on YouTube.