Grounding Meditations During a Storm of Illness
Oncology Rehab and Wellness is proud to host Gabrielle Anderson from The Willow’s Crown to talk about meditative practices.
By Gabrielle Anderson
To stay grounded in the storm. THIS is the goal. I remember the phone call from my sister announcing that she had breast cancer. It was surreal and for a split second, I thought she was teasing.
No one ever expects to have their life turned upside down. How can one prepare?
When we can not control the storm, it then becomes important to control how we REACT to the storm.
Cancer and other significant illnesses beg for our attention. Too often patients become really good at noticing the symptoms of the DRAGON, but not as good at listening in to the tiny whispers of the squeaking mouse.
When we open up to the small nuances within our body and emotions, we begin to find created opportunities for balance and healing.
About ten years ago, I was diagnosed with Lyme. I went from proud athlete to unable to stand in the shower without assistance.
Learning to listen in to the tiny voices meant noticing the small things that STOLE my energy. Gossiping with a neighbor, staying out too late with people that didn’t fill my soul, doing activities that drained my energy instead of filling the bucket.
What a gift it was to learn to listen in and become choosey.
Meditation helps us get to know ourselves within our spaces of calm and uprise.
It helps us breathe into the spaces of uncertainty and fear and allows us to recognize our body’s reactions, our thought’s reactions. Within this space of awareness lies opportunity.
Until one day we realize that the storm did not change direction, but we changed how we reacted. We caught the tightness in our shoulders EARLY, long before the migraine hit because we practiced body awareness.
We heard the stressed out worry thoughts BEFORE they morphed into a full blown panic attack.
What does this do for your healing path? It creates space.
Research is showing that routine meditation can help reduce inflammation, impact memory and focus AND improve responses to stress.
When our thoughts become our allies, we team up with them to create an atmosphere of calm.
Learn how to lasso in those runaway thoughts, while creating calm opportunities in your body. Creating space for healing.
And yes, I will say it. Practice LOVING your body through this tough tough time. Calm IN the storm.
Join Us For Specialized Virtual Meditation Created Just For You
We would love to have you join our Meditation for Chronic Illness Classes. During this structured meditation, you will find opportunities of calm within your illness. We will practice gentle self-massage, stretches, and breathing techniques to introduce relief into painful places. And will look at building strength and resiliency to enhance your healing path.
Those with cancer, Lyme, Lupus, POTS, Crohns, etc are among some of the diagnoses represented.
Or join us for traditional Mindful Meditation where you will tune in to your breath and learn to calm the thoughts and physical sensations that create so much distress for you. There is SO much research backing up these types of meditation. So much relief can be found by learning to harness the healing powers within you.
Try Meditation Today and Save
To learn more or to sign up for unlimited VIRTUAL classes visit us at www.TheWillowsCrown.com. New clients enjoy the first month of unlimited meditation for just $49.
Because you are patients of Oncology Rehab and Wellness, you will receive ALL subsequent months of unlimited meditation at a 20% discount off the regular price offered on our website.
Use Promo code 20BEWELL when you initially sign up to receive subsequent months of unlimited meditation for just $92/month. Cancel anytime.
Let us help you BE THE CALM at home, work and play. Join us for meditation today.