“Just try to stay as relaxed as possible,” the chiropractor says as he gently cradles my head in his hands. He twists my neck to the side and I know what’s coming and that knowing inevitably causes me to tense my muscles. He quickly and sharply twists and every piece and part and God-knows-what in my neck makes a horrible cracking and crunching noise as everything aligns. Already I can feel the headache coming on, despite the traction, and the alignment.
As I’m leaving the office, I notice the weather has grown dark and it is raining. My cell phones, both of them, chirp at the same time. Severe weather warnings blink across the top: Tornado warning, take shelter. I walk out to my truck and climb in then click open the map. Yep, that covers my entire drive home.
Believe it or not, I had a good day today. I taught my last seminar of the term (insert cheering audience doing the wave here), I got a ton of stuff at work accomplished, and I’m going to bed before 9pm. Of course, I do have that headache which is now in full blown raging mode, but I am blessed in ways I can’t begin to count.
I also started a new audio book today: Matched by Ally Condie. I don’t know much about it other than it is part of a trilogy about a dystopian society set in the future. The website shows that apparently it’s quite a popular series (that I had never heard of) and it looks like it is or will be a movie as well. The writing is simple and clean and I enjoy listening to the woman who reads the audio version of it – she’s got an expressive voice.
I listened to a meditation/hypnosis program the other night before I went to bed. It made me laugh because I have never thought of myself as someone who could be hypnotized. The first night I found that I drifted off during the recording and dozed for about 5-10 minutes of the 30 minute program. I snickered at the language the guy used. “When you hear me say ‘deep sleep’ you will find yourself getting relaxed more deeply every time you listen to this program.” He says it at least 4 times during the recording. That first night it annoyed me. The second night, apparently, I only heard it once because I woke up at the end of the recording with him saying “5, 4, 3, 2, 1, wake up, wide awake!” …. which means I took the suggestion, and hard, about 10 minutes into the program. Color me hypnotized. I haven’t listened to it again. Part of me is intrigued and the other part of me is a little freaked out.