These articles called Cancer Wisdom refer to the writing that patients and their caregivers create during our classes. I am always delighted and inspired by their insights and wisdom that come from their experience with cancer and pain. I tell participants in class that creativity only knows how to create! Once you put pen to paper, you are connecting with your Self in a genuine, authentic way. Keep your hand moving and writing across the page – there is no right or wrong only joy for the process and the beauty you create with your words.
Please know that Cancer Wisdom articles give you the opportunity to experience what is offered in class and in our series of books.
Creativity is the ability to nurture. It is a journey of self-love. So too is being in nature. The meditation I shared recently with my participants at Lovelace Cancer Center uses the motion, energy and colors of ocean waves to take you on a journey of healing. Waves are made up of water, energy, and light — a translucence or glow. The light and energy you dive into will fill you with a sense of peace and calm.
You may want to hear music as you do this meditation. You can use any of the tracks on the mobile app, or the sound of ocean waves, which you can find on iTunes. My favorites include “50 Relaxing Ocean Waves,” by Calming Water Consort, and “Ocean Waves: Calming Sounds of the Sea,” by Rest & Relax Nature Sounds Artists.
Gratitude like the creative spirit has the abliity to change you. It gets you to tune in, to shift your thoughts and perceptions, to befriend and embrace life, regardless of what you are going through. This befriending helps you to diffuse the pain, the negative, the difficult. You begin to see things as they really are ... and that you are stronger than you think.
The practice of journaling with your gratitudes every day opens you up to grace. Grace is often used as a divine expression — for example, the grace of God. Grace is also an elegance of action, such as walking with grace. And it can mean that you are a part of something deep and powerful and sustaining. In this class, I encouraged gratitude writing using the simple exercise of writing down: Gratitude is ... Gratitude is ... until the words flow onto the page.