Operation Healing (aka Doing Nothing This July)

Ovarian Anatomy

This July 5, 2016 I will be undergoing laparoscopic surgery. It means that I’ll be forced to do nothing for one to two weeks afterward to allow for convalescence. Doing a lot of nothing while my body does a lot of something: healing itself. It got me thinking: what if I take the two weeks and turn it into a whole month? As in, take the month of July off. As in, vacation responder on my email account and check out from Facebook. As in, stop working. (The prospect simultaneously thrills and terrifies me).

But it’s decided. I am taking that time to heal. And have a break.

Good timing, what with this Nothing project going on and all.

The reason why I am sharing this with you is because I have a proposition:
While I spend the month healing from this operation I invite you to take an hour (or several) once a week (or every day) to sit with something that you feel you would like to heal too (physical, emotional, etc.). Reflect on it, write, sing, dance, draw, walk, swim, meditate… or just hold it lightly as a gentle intention and space out. Any formula you wish; as often or as infrequently as suits your needs; it’s yours and your rules to play with.

You could also just take that hour and do nothing.

What are you wishing to start – or continue – healing from this month?

Author: Victoria Stanton

Montreal-based performance artist, writer, and educator Victoria Stanton explores live action, human interaction, video, film, photography, and drawing.

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