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National Cancer Survivors Day

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Here is a link to an article in Shambhala Sun:

http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=3357

Check out this excerpt:

“When I was diagnosed with cancer,” Rosenbaum told me, “it was a great shock, because the thought was that if you meditated and ate right, you wouldn’t get sick, and in my crowd I was the first one to get a serious illness. We used to often say, ‘This too shall pass’ around the stress-reduction clinic, but we weren’t usually talking about human life itself. I made up my mind then to live what I had been teaching. I already was to a certain extent, but the diagnosis really tested my ability to follow through on that.”

“Susan Bauer-Wu, an associate professor in the department of adult and elder health nursing at the Emory University school of nursing in Atlanta, will join Rosenbaum to conduct a program for health professionals caring for people with life-threatening or debilitating diseases. Called “Meeting Suffering: Clarity and Calm in the Care of Serious Illness,” it will run from October 9 to October 12 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The program is offered through Oasis, an institute for mindfulness-based professional education and innovation run by the Center for Mindfulness.”

I’ve just downloaded Susan Bauer-Wu’s book on mindfulness and chronic illness and can’t wait to have time to read it.  It would make a great gift of love and compassion to anyone you know living with chronic pain.

Susan is also going to be at Upaya Zen Center.  If you can’t make it out to the beautiful foothills in Sante Fe, please make sure you check out the podcasts at Dharma Podcast on Itunes or the link to podcasts on the Upaya Zen Center site.

Would love to hear how you have used mindfulness to help live with chronic illness, mental health issues, relationships, caregiving, etc.  Please leave a comment or drop over to the Ask Here tab and leave a comment.

Much Peace,

Jennifer

 

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