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  1. Wow Rich very much agreed.Someone, when I was in early sobirety, told me something similar; Three of the most dangerous words for an alcoholic in early recovery, I’ve been thinking .’ .Speaking for myself, I was way too messed up and way to unaware of how messed up I was and how much agenda my unrecovered self was pushing for and sneaking in to all of my decisions. Frankly, I was incapable of making very many good decisions and the ones I did make, I would shortly therafter undermine.Great post.Ciao.Chaz

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  3. As an MS patient and as a volunteer with the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Parkinson’s Society, providing sessions in Mindfulness Meditation to various support groups, I thought
    “nicabm” might be interested in the beneficial effects experienced by some support group memebers of these organizations. People affected by these diseases (as well as their care-givers) who practice “Mindfulness”report significant improvement in the quality of their daily lives and their ability to take charge of their lives. Their ability to relax, put stress on the back burners, improve their immune system and overall health, learning to be “in the now” of life is greatly enhanced by their practice. For many there are the additional benefits of moderating pain and/or spacticity, controlling shaking hands and/or feet, etc., reducing the effects of anxiety, depression, and bringing greater awareness of themselves and others, thereby finding inner peace and tranquility.
    “Mindfulness” can help heal the mind as well as the body permitting all of us to become “one with everything”.

  4. My dear wife Susan was hospitalized in November of 2011 following a pancreatic attack causing her to collapose in a parking lot, taken by amblance to the hospital. In early January of 2012 was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Susan has been receiving chemotherapy since January 2012. She is not a candidate for surgery or radiation. We have also employed alternative therapies/practices like: Biofeedback, Guided Imagery; mostly from other professional’s material (I am a trained Guided Imagery Facilitator) acupuncture, meditation/mindfullness, with strong appreciation of Zen Buddhism (as novist/begainners) tending to follow Thich Nhat Hanh’s path, resonate with basic values of Native American spirituality, especially Hopi & Sioux Nations, from time to time participate in Sufi prayer circles, lead by a close professional friend, while still loosley maintaining a basic Christian practice, we were both brought up to respect and follow, as such appreciate Tich Nhat Hanh’s work on in ‘Living Buddha, Living Christ” & “Going Home”. So far Susan has done an extraordinary job of beating that 95% fatality rate TWICE over, while maintaining a reasonable quality of life! We get good support from family and friends which helps, plus Susan has started to attend a pancreatic support group recently. I try to be as much support as I can, limited somewhat by the needs of my profession, which I truely love, yet find demanding. That being said I am grateful to be able to work and provide for the both of us as Susan can no longer work AND take proper care of herself (ie rest at home, nap when tired, taling care not to over exert, eat as healthy as possible, plus avoid stress as much as possible.
    May peace be your path,
    Michael

    • Michael- how wonderful and brave your wife must be! I am intrigued by her wholistic path and am not surprised she is doing so well on her journey with all these tools.
      I too over the last years have become interested in Buddhism. I recently discovered Pema Chodron, an American Buddhist. It is likely that your wife is familiar with her books. She focuses on meditation and mindfulness. If not, her writings may be of interest to her.
      Respectfully,
      Beth

  5. I have used Mindfulness and Intention based work for many years. I have worked with many types of Cancer. I have worked with ages from 5yrs old to 80+yrs.old. Children are amazing to work with.
    I have worked with caregivers and have been a caregiver myself. Heart centered care offers great peace with end stage cancer. It can be difficult to offer sometimes but the benefit to the client is well worth the time and effort. I am grateful to all those who are working to advance this mindset.

  6. In 1984 I was introduced to “progressive relaxation” just as I was starting my chemotherapy protocol for germ cell ovarion cancer. I really didn’t know what I was doing but I used my relaxation tape twice every day and I’m sure it was a significant factor in my ability to limit my use of Xanax during that year. Following that year I was diagnosed with Major Depression. To understand the endless “why’s”, I’ve been following the development and understanding of “spirituality” ever since without calling it “mindfulness”. In 2008 I had a lumpectomy and the strong inner peace that I felt was amazing. Truth can be painful but I strongly encourage some form of this healing technique as a way to develop endurance and a healthy sense of self. With an open mind to what you learn about yourself, it works!!

  7. I am sure mindfulness has and helps anybody who has to deal with reality and most of all the reality of sickness..The awareness-the present- center- ness and acceptance leads to change to the way we think,feel and believe.

  8. I’ve been utilizing mindfulness with cancer patients, their caregivers and family members for 17 years, in hospice, my private practice and classes I teach at the Cancer Support Community. It is so encouraging to see this research, which confirms my own experience. I have one cautionary comment: the term “Pink-Ribbon Mindfulness” will be offensive to many people affected by cancer. There is a phenomenon called “Pink Envy” in this population which is a reaction to the fact that breast cancer receives the bulk of media attention and financial support.
    Even though this research focused on those with Stage 0-III cancer, my experience (anecdotal feedback) is that mindfulness practices can be equally effective for those with Stage IV cancer and at end-of-life.

    • Well said Kevin – I was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in Aug. of 2011 and what got me through the radiation and life changing mental adjustments was daily meditation with specially designed music therapy sessions each morning. The music moved me out of fear/depression, into a controlled calmness, then into acceptance and finally a euphoric connection with something bigger and loving – Spirit. I wish the study had not “written off” those of us with a smaller chance of recovery. A mantra that helped me greatly is “Spirit is the life, Mind is the builder and Physical is the result”. Our greatest asset and strength is the spirit we are, connecting with the Spirit that creates everything.

      • Always the best content from these pridgoious writers.

      • have researched on TM rnelctey and found out that even Maharishi’s videos are uploaded on youtube. They are all over youtube man, David Lynch, Oprah etc talking about the benefits and experiences of TM. So its ok to post on youtube. Its an excellent medium in this modern world. Besides Anmol is doing a good job by showing us these techniques for free. If you are aware TM fees are exorbitant.