How does being mindful help you navigate the ups and downs of illness?

Fear, anger, and grief ride in the slipstream of illness. It can be overwhelming.

If you train your mind to focus on one small piece of reality, the overwhelm diminishes. While you’re holding focus, you discover that the emotions – and even some uncomfortable physical sensations – that seemed so huge come and go. Understanding their changeability robs them of some of their power.

Placing your attention on your sense perceptions, reality becomes richer. You can slow down and experience the lovely sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes around you.

Breathing in

breathing out

in this moment

in this body

Tires swish

through new snow

in the street

outside the window

gentle aches

in neck and back

give way

as muscles relax

In this moment

all is well