Your New Favourite 10 Minute Meditation
Dealing with breast cancer is life-changing, to say the least. It’s an arduous process: understanding the different treatments, the timing and sequencing of treatment, and all the physical aspects to be dealt with.
While the science of cancer treatments (surgery, chemo, radiation) is well documented and mostly understood, the recovery from said treatments has many side effects and complications, which can be either gratefully short-lived or exhaustingly chronic. And, there are many alternative modalities that can help with treatment recovery, including
diet, exercise, naturopath, acupuncture, and more.
What is possibly even less understood though is the emotional and mental impact.
I’m sure there isn’t one woman who’s been given a breast cancer diagnosis who wasn’t shocked and more than a little devastated. What is possibly less understood, is the emotional and mental impact on a patient, and on their family and loved ones.
What I’d like to offer with this post is the recovery tool of pranayama (breath work) and meditation.
Not only can mindful breathing and meditation lower your heart rate, blood pressure and metabolic rate, lower levels of cortisol and lactate (stress hormones), provide better healing sleep; they can also decrease stress, anxiety, and depression, increase brainwave coherence, improve learning ability and memory, and create more emotional stability, vitality and resilience.
A calmer, clearer, less anxious mind is your most valuable asset.
From a mental health perspective, breath work and meditation help you train and keep your mind strong, much like exercise and diet help you train and keep your body healthy. A calmer, clearer, less anxious mind is your most valuable asset. What’s going on in your mind can make you happy or miserable, successful or broken, energetic or lifeless.
So let’s do a breathing and meditation practice together today! Please join me for this 12-minute video practicing a simple square breath, and learning the healing, meditative EFT technique of Tapping.
Sandy LeBlanc wanted to share the joy and peace she found with fitness, yoga and meditation, so she opened the Fit Journey studio in 2011 and hasn’t looked back. She brings positive energy and compassion to all aspects of the studio, influencing the various practices, the teaching style, the teachers, the students and the community. Together we help each other explore our potential for growth, health and wellness.