Posts Tagged ‘Health’

fall.jpgAlmost 4 years ago I sat in a doctors office, bouncing my baby daughter upon my knee, whilst a medical professional told me I had breast cancer. She looked at me with a sadness and confusion that almost annoyed me as I desperately tried to calm my fussy baby. In that moment, I was more interested in calming my daughter than facing the concern of the stranger in a white coat who patted my arm and asked me “Do you understand what I am trying to tell you? This is bad news.”

Yes, I told her. Yes, I understand. I whipped out the offending breast and popped a nipple in my daughters mouth. I looked at the curvaceous white flesh that provided my baby with life giving nutrients and wondered whether the same breast would take my life. Yes, I understand. But in the way of human nature, I clung to the little piece of hope hidden within the box of bad news – more tests meant uncertainty. I could live with uncertainty. (more…)

Meditation is suggested as a key practice in spiritual development for many paths, and yet is an often overlooked technique. Despite becoming more accepted within society, for many people the word ‘Meditation’ still conjures images of sitting cross legged amidst trails of incense smoke, wearing flowers in ones hair and chanting Om blissfully. Certainly this is one image of meditation, but it is not the only one. Meditation is a broad and varied practice, involving concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself, in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth. Meditation is concentration, contemplation, reflection, focus and mindfulness.