My friend, Richard, told me to close my eyes before I entered this MRI machine.

My sister, Marcia, told me to study the branches of a bare winter tree carefully and picture that tree while I was inside this machine:

What did I do? I breathed. Very, very slowly. For about 45 minutes, while preliminary scans of my brain were taken. It was loud inside this machine.

Then I meditated to the wonderful sound of Sharon Salzberg’s voice on a CD as she guided me through Lovingkindness meditation.