Wellness – A Time to Breathe, Mindfully Healing from Breast Cancer
The link between state of mind and healing outcome is well established.Breast cancer, like any cancer, can be the biggest turning point in someone’s life. From a cause and prevention standpoint, unequivocal answers concerning the role of heredity, lifestyle, diet and emotional state continue to elude researchers. What is clear is that a cancer diagnosis can shake us to the core. It can make us question ourselves like never before. It can push us to seek out deeper causes and alternative practices to conquer the disease.
Alternative healing practices have been found very beneficial for people going through cancer treatment. The link between state of mind and healing outcome is well established.
For example, it’s not uncommon for local doctors to suggest marijuana therapy, not only for the demonstrated impact on tumor reduction but also to alleviate cancer patients’ anxiety.
Meditation is also a common recommendation during treatment. There are many meditation systems that can guide you in focusing your mind and body on healing, or on simply feeling at peace. Reiki, yoga, quantum jumping and tai chi are all ways to practice guided meditation. It’s a matter of finding the one that best fits with your lifestyle.
Reiki is a Japanese form of healing, reflecting the belief that when someone’s life energy force is low, disease can take over. Practitioners of reiki lay hands and transmit life force energy. You can learn to transmit this energy yourself or find someone to do it for you.
Yoga is an ancient Indian practice of physical movement to achieve mental and spiritual peace. It has been shown to help people with various kinds of health problems, and in reducing risk factors associated with cancer.
Quantum jumping is a guided meditation practice developed by Burt Goldman. He combined many different concentration and meditation methods to create an easy-to-follow system that can quickly calm and center a person.
Tai chi was originally a martial art in which practitioners push hands and create deliberate and slow movements. It has been shown to have both mental and physical benefits.
There is no quantitative correlation between these practices and killing cancer cells. However, the combination of cancer treatment and relaxation exercises has been found to positively affect recovery rates. Any form of meditation or calming of the mind can enhance longevity and quality of life. With an endless variety of mindful relaxation techniques being practised everywhere. Which one you choose is less important than the decision to practice it daily.