Posts Tagged ‘wellness’

No one likes pain. The reality is that physical pain is a common occurrence experienced by people who have been diagnosed with cancer.  Depending on the type of diagnosis, cancer patients may experience pain due to cancer-related treatments and/or physical discomfort from the disease itself. Many patients endure short-term acute or severe pain while others… [Read More]

(Re)treating yourself

Posted on June 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment or providing care for someone with cancer can require that you re-fill yourself with energy as you need to along this journey. Periodically, as a caregiver, I need to get away on my own; to walk in nature, write, read, and quietly introspect.  I am aware, however, that… [Read More]

Mindful Walking – Part #2

Posted on May 29th, 2013 | 0 Comments

  A more formal approach to mindful walking entails deep focus and very slow movement of the feet in coordination with the breath and within a small area of space (see Mindful Walking Part #1). An informal approach can occur as part of your daily walk and at a normal pace. To begin say with… [Read More]

Mindful Walking – Part #1

Posted on May 17th, 2013 | 2 Comments

Although sitting still in meditation can be challenging for all of us some of the time, some people find sitting still to be intolerable most of the time. They want to move!  Walking meditation or mindful walking might just be the activity to satisfy the equanimous strivings of more energetic souls. What is it? There… [Read More]

“Shared joy is double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow” – Swedish Proverb As a Social Psychologist, I have always been interested in the working dynamics of groups. Humans, by their very nature, are social animals. Our interactivity and sharing help amplify our pleasures and divide our distress. During crisis and chronic stress, support… [Read More]

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Bringing Mindful Meditation Into Your Life

Posted on November 15th, 2012 | 0 Comments

What is Mindfulness Meditation? All of us who teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) have trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of the program. MBSR is grounded in research – which means that many, many studies have taken place over 25 years – to bring evidence and prove effectiveness. Prior to this of course, Mindfulness has… [Read More]

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I’m trying to imagine a person with little to no yoga experience today looking for a studio or teacher.  I also imagine that in the early stages of post cancer treatment, there are many physical changes one has to adjust to. We know that movement and relaxation can contribute to physical and mental well being…. [Read More]

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In the course of my research, I’ve asked men with a variety of cancers to consider what they learned from their experience and what advice they would give to other men recently diagnosed. Here are some of their responses*:    1.    What you are feeling is normal: “You are not alone” – Earl, 56 “Everything… [Read More]

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I don’t know about you but I’ve become intrigued by some of these “ancient grains” that are becoming more readily available in grocery and natural foods stores.  Quinoa, amaranth, millet, kamut, spelt and buckwheat are a few- many available as both the whole grain and already ground into flour.  They look interesting but how does… [Read More]

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    Did you know that nutrition plays a major role in primary cancer prevention and the prevention of recurrence?  Take the following quiz to find out how much you know about cancer nutrition!  Check your answers at the end of the quiz.   1) Many Canadians weigh too much.  This puts us at increased… [Read More]