Thursday, August 23, 2012

Strategies for Staying Alive



Tomorrow I'm going back up to New Camaldoli to spend 3 days. I've spent the last few months working on restoring my body from the effects of cancer and its treatment. Now I have to work on in Brenda Hunter's words, mending the mind and restoring the spirit. Her book, "Staying Alive" stood out in the many books I've come across. Our lives share many parallels. As she put it, she was ripe for cancer and I've come to feel so was I.

My big issues will be handling stress better and stopping the trend of trying to be everything to everyone. The aforementioned book is going with me, but so is a DVD retreat, Smile at Fear with Pema Chodron which came highly recommended from a friend. I'm working on unkinking some of the tightly wound spaces that are within me from all the issues of the last few years. One of those issues has been my work and it's toxic environment.

I'll be back to work in 4 to 5 weeks unless something unexpected happens. When I go back I know I cannot work how I did...so the preparation is going on to work as I've become. It will be interesting to see how people respond to the changed me.

Tonight I'm grateful the reflexology massage I had earlier. It helped me loosen up and move towards the work I will be doing this weekend.

Glee, "Stayin' Alive":

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