Five Ways to Find Peace While Living with Cancer (or just living in general)

Reposting this one as a reminder that there is a way to cultivate peace in ones life….whether you are dealing with cancer or a rebellious teenager – (been there too)
Read to the end, where I have also included a little tutorial on how to make your own journal. Recorded a year ago….

I wrote this article as one of my demo pieces for a new freelance writing gig.  While the strategies were written with a chronic illness in mind, the truth is, these practices can be applied to living a happier life in general.
Five Ways to Find Joy While Living with Cancer

Being diagnosed with cancer, alters your life in ways that unless others have experienced it, they will not understand. Facing ones mortality, going through treatment, and finding peace in just everyday life can be a challenge, but there are ways to find happiness while living with cancer.  If you can, “find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”   Here are five easy ways to do just that.

Joseph Cambell

Be Still

1. Spend 10-20 minutes a day in meditation, stillness or  quiet time. Finding time to still your mind, and to let go of…

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A Lesson in Gratitude

My mom always made my brothers and I,  write "thank you" notes and cards growing up.  Whether it was Christmas or our birthdays, we had to all sit down and painstakingly scribble down everything we liked about our gift(s).  I was not fond of this practice and I am pretty sure my brothers felt the same way. … Continue reading A Lesson in Gratitude

Reminders from my bird feeder.

I have a bird feeder that hangs right outside my bedroom door that opens into my backyard. Every morning, I grab my coffee and snuggle back into my bed for my morning meditation, and to watch and listen to the sparrows and doves gather on the red bricks outside the doors. Today was no exception, other than, … Continue reading Reminders from my bird feeder.