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  • Mindfulness and Creativity in Healing in Miami

    mindfulnessLast week I had the honor of leading the opening meditation session and two workshops on Mindfulness and Creativity in Healing at the (CCA) Colon Cancer Alliance National Conference in Miami. I say honored because I was surrounded by people who are engaged in the joy of living, who are fighters and who want to change the world and the survival rate of people with colorectal cancer. So here is where people begin to turn away. One fact I learned is that people don’t really want to hear about this most preventable form of cancer because of where it is in the body!!

    The focus of so many of the survivors of stage 4 and (lower) colon cancer is to increase the rate of screenings for people under the age of 50. There are so many people being misdiagnosed and diagnosed late with colon cancer. All we need is prevention to save thousands of lives. Survivors and their families are working tirelessly to spread the word, implement screenings in areas they do not exist, and find funding for colonoscopies for those that do not have insurance or cannot afford to have them. Their work has saved many lives.

    Find out about your family history, talk with your physician about early screening with or without a family history, and listen to symptoms that seem unusual, no matter what. You know your body best. If you are concerned that something isn’t right, persevere! We all know the prep for a colonoscopy is not a lot of fun, but it could save your life.

    Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is an amazing resource and support community. A great book about being a your best health advocate is: When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests by Leana Wen, MD, MSc, George Washington University.

    We had a lot of fun doing some Qigong, being truly present in the moment, participating in a guided imagery and using art materials to express the vitality and emotion within. CCA conference participants, you are a great group!

    Liz

    Let’s Breathe!

    yoga-womanBreathing has become a metaphor for moving forward in life; for releasing old patterns; for redirecting our attention; for becoming mindful; for increasing our health; for taking a moment before responding. This very important primal function is now a code word for increased well-being. The simple act of taking a breath keeps us alive- it is the spring from which we metaphorically drink. We have learned that the kind of breath we take can make a difference in the level of stress we hold; how energized we feel; how aptly we are able to be in the present moment and how we navigate various life situations.

    We often want to participate in activities that increase our physical and mental health. We often find ourselves in the catch 22 of resistance vs. what we know would enhance our lives. Who knew it could be so simple to enhance something we already do and reap the benefit of cleansing our system while allowing gifts from within to arise.

    Transformational Breathwork is one form of assisted and independent breathing that teaches us how to clear our systems of unwanted stress and toxins. While we are doing this breathing trapped emotion is allowed release, simply through the breath. Sometimes insights arise; feelings of well-being; clarity about what needs attention next; or simply a richness of energy that one hasn’t felt before, or in a very long time.

    Often there is a desire to do something with what has arisen. I know I have felt a variety of ways during and after a transformational breath session. Sometimes the breath has done all the work. Sometimes I have had a desire to explore the thoughts or feelings that have emerged to integrate this next layer of consciousness in a more concrete way into my everyday life.  Doing so has expanded my experience of the breath.

    The workshop I am offering with Lauren Chelec Cafritz on January 28 called “Breath and Insight” is the beautiful blend of these two forms- Transformational Breathwork and Inspired Choices Coaching. Bringing conscious and inspired choice to the way we live our lives allows us to choose our internal environment.  Breath and choice eventually bring us to joy and freedom.