Radical Remission: The Nine Key Factors That Can Make A Real Difference (Surviving Cancer Against All Odds) by Kelly A. Turner, Ph.D.
The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From The People Who've Lived The Longest by Dan Buettner
I find it so empowering to know that the 9 psycho-social-lifestyle factors that have been identified as being central to the radical remission cases of "terminal" cancer patients are the same factors that are lived by the "blue zone" centenarians.
In this week's classes, we focussed on one of the 9 shared factors....social support.
Here is a quote right out of Dr. Turner's book Radical Remission regarding social support as a determinant of health and healing from cancer.
"I hope this chapter has convinced you that receiving love and support from others is as essential for your health as eating a vegetable-rich diet or taking antioxidant supplements. That's because what we feel emotionally is instantly translated into chemicals and hormones that either strengthen or weaken our immune systems. And when we feel loved and cared for by others, the rush of healing hormones released by the master glands in our brains affects our bodies in such a way that our immune systems suddenly have renewed energy to repair cells, clear out toxins, and most important, remove cancer cells. So, in addition to remembering to take your vitamins each day, don't forget to ask yourself these two questions: To whom have I given love today? And, from whom did I receive love?" - pg 216
May I be at peace.
May I be happy.
May I be well.
May I be safe.
May I be free from suffering.
May all beings be at peace.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be well.
May all beings be safe.
May all beings be free from suffering.
As taught by Peter A. Levine, PhD and Maggie Phillips, PhD in their book "Freedom from Pain", circle breathing is a wonderful practice that you can do on your own to enhance your state of relaxation, increase comfort, and open pathways of flow in your body.
At class, we created a circle with the breath by imagining that you could breathe in, through and up the right side of the body, starting with the right foot, right lower leg, right thigh, progressing up to the belly. The circle continued by sensing the breath crossing through the belly and over to the left side of the body. As you exhale, imagine the breath moving down, out, and through the left thigh, left lower leg, left foot, and out into the earth. Repeating a few times and noting what is different in your body each time your complete the circle. We then reversed the circle direction with inhalation going up the left, breath crossing over the belly, and exhaling down the right leg. Pausing again to notice what is different in your body experience. Do you feel lighter? More energized? More calm? Less tense? Or do you experience some other change - what is it?
Registered Clinical Counsellor (MA)