Tracy Gehr stumbled on a scientific article about how positive thoughts and intentions can have a measurable calming effect, both physically and mentally. This discovery coincided with a stressful time for her friend Susan, whose husband had suddenly suffered a critical head injury. From this trying situation arose the idea for a simple workbook to help those coping with similar scenarios.
Gehr’s workbook is written in brief, basic language likely to be easily grasped by even those mentally and emotionally overwhelmed with an unexpected challenge. While the pages include many reassuring quotations from notables as varied as Buddha to Ponca Chief White Eagle, the beauty of the workbook is that it returns some sense of personal control to the reader. Besides aesthetically pleasing pages adorned with words of wisdom and soothing images, it prompts users to write about their thoughts and feelings using a variety of approaches, such as formulating positive questions, asking “what ifs,” journaling, and creating mantras. It also offers an assortment of uplifting and relaxing activities in which the reader, who may be overtired, can engage with minimal effort, such as word searches and even coloring in outlines of mandalas.
The book avoids being overly “fluffy” by keeping one foot firmly in the practical world. Blank “to do” lists, calendar pages, contact lists, and a space for medical questions are included.
The Positive Intention Workbook is an easily portable, practical, colorful, and hopeful volume that offers a real sense of support and comfort to those who are likely feeling lost and alone. It would be a great staple for hospital gift shops, and a meaningful gift from one true friend to another in a time of need.
Also available as an ebook.