Monday, January 14, 2013
Breath in Love, Breath out Forgiveness. Breathing sounds so simple. We breathe to survive; we breathe in and we breathe out, without even thinking. Yet, focused breath is another matter entirely. Focused breathing takes discipline to set the intention on the breath. Focused breathing invites us within and offers us a moment to quite the mind. Breath invites us to breathe into the unconditional love within each one of us. Focused breathing almost invites a love meditation of release through forgiveness. Each breath offers us the love to forgive ourselves and others of anything less than loving. Each breath opens awareness. Each awareness produces a new dimension of thinking; perhaps even a shift; but hopefully, in the least, a new perspective. Most vitally though, focused breathing offers us a path of love for our healing. Breathe in Love, Breathe out Forgiveness.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Even with all of our interconnections, we are still, each one, individually, unique beings. That is why Medicine is an Art, not a Science. Yet, we are pooled together when being treated for breast cancer, and probably any cancer for that matter, with a standard of care which includes: surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. When I was diagnosed back in 2007, very little information was available on the Internet. We didn't even have Facebook. And, my cancer team discouraged me from doing any research. But, I did it anyway. Ultimately, I made choices for my body. It was my body after-all, and my body didn't want what the doctors were prescribing. So, I refused the chemotherapy treatments. However, even though I eventually followed through with the proscribed radiation treatments and the pharmaceuticals, my decisions alienated me and identified me as a non-compliant cancer patient. Unfortunately, my already weakened immune system, weakened even more. I had to find a different path. So, after I completed the radiation series, I stopped taking the pharmaceuticals and left for the West where I found a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber. I had never even heard of HBOT before, let alone know that almost every hospital has a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber on site to use on burn victims. However, the Medical profession failed to admit that the radiation had burned me. There was no external evidence. With no external evidence, I was told that the burning was just in my head. But the truth is that radiation does burn. And it can continue to burn, unnoticed and slowly, over time, until it eventually burns through the tissues and into the organs. So, I am here now to share what I have learned along the way. Most importantly of all: Remember, you are a unique being. Remember, choices for cancer care are available. Remember, it is your body. Remember, Medicine is an Art, not a Science.