A Few Lessons From My First MRI Experience

A Few Lessons From My First MRI Experience

July 23rd, 2014 // 9:51 am @ Tanmay Vora // 5 Comments

Recently, I had my first MRI scan to diagnose a herniated disc in my lower back area. Not a great thing to have, but fortunately, not very severe either. I just need to be extra careful with my back, do exercises and manage the stress well.

MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging involves going into a narrow magnetic tube through which images of internal body structures are taken. The tube is a cramped cold space and once  the procedure starts, it is extremely noisy with deafening and unpleasant sounds. One almost feels like being in the middle of a battle ground. What started as a terrible experience ended with some interesting lessons for me.

I was very anxious when I was being prepared for the scan. My heart started beating faster as I slid into the cold narrow tube. Though, I don’t have claustrophobia, it was unnerving. A few moments later, the procedure started and the noise added to my already high anxiety. To escape the outer chaos, I decided to focus inwards and close my eyes. Focusing on my breathing helped in stabilizing the heart beats.

I then started focusing my mind on all the wonderful experiences I had in my life so far. Images from my past started filling my mind space. I thought about how I climbed to the treetop as a kid, about a cricket tournament that I recently played, about the nutty chocolate ice cream I had the previous day, about my son happily running around the house, about the warmth of my family, about our travels, about the beautiful flowers and birds I photographed and so on. These vibrant impressions occupied the blank space in front of me. Impressions that were so subtle and profound that I was actually smiling in a very uncomfortable setting.

What did I learn? I learned that there are two worlds – the one inside us and the one outside us. The world within is made of subtle – our experiences, emotions, hopes, aspirations, feelings and dreams. The world outside is gross – made up of stuff (mostly). We see the world outside us through the lens of what lies within us. The world inside us is far more colorful, vivid and powerful than the world outside. In moments of difficult choices or adversity, always pay more respect to the world that is within you.

I learned that our experiences are way too precious than the stuff. The quality of our life is largely determined by the quality of our experiences, not by the stuff we possess. When I decided to think about best things in life, only experiences came forward, not the things. The key is to invest in creating experiences that enrich our lives.

Being boxed in that crammed space with no one to talk to and no gadgets to keep me engaged enabled me to peep inside my own self. Solitude is precious for it allows you to be with your own self and appreciate everything beautiful in our lives.

When I came out of the room, I was thinking about how much we learn about life when we foresee a slightest risk to it. I walked out of the diagnostic center more aware about what really matters to me.

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Category : Improvement & Development &Random Musings &Self Growth

5 Comments → “A Few Lessons From My First MRI Experience”


  1. Carl

    4 months ago

    Tanmay, wonderful post – I appreciate your personal reflections and thoughts.

    Best of luck building that core strength -
    Carl
    @SparktheAction

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  2. Nimesh Pandya

    4 months ago

    Hi Tanmay,

    Wonderful Words – As Always.

    This post has really unwrapped hidden formula of happiness that we should focus on whatever ‘within’ rather than ‘wondering’.

    I just recalled the words from wise – ‘Life is 10% what you make it, but 90% how you take it.’

    Take care and get well soon.

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  3. skv

    4 months ago

    This post goes to the core of human life. Wonderful epiphany!
    Building on Maslow’s hierarchy, I believe that as we evolve, we move up the pyramid.
    First we crave extra stuff, then we crave experiences, and finally the ecstasy within us.

    Reply

  4. Kaushal Mankad

    3 months ago

    By definition, writers are passionate creatures with an ability and talent to shape words into tangible expressions that can inspire, educate, and entertain. There is a real fulfillment and joy in that .You do that creatively well…each time

    Reply

  5. Devika Nekkanti

    4 days ago

    Tanmay sir.. Itz a wonderful article..Thank you for sharing your experience.

    Reply

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