Healing is a very personal journey, unique for each of us. At our deepest intuitive levels, most of us know many of the important things we need to do to get well and stay well. However, millions of us have forgotten how to listen to and trust our intuitive inner wisdom. Connecting with your own sense of what it means to be spiritual is an essential ingredient in defining your path to wellness.
Understand that cancer is a call to listen to yourself—your Inner Healer, your deeper wisdom. Caught up in life’s busyness, we often forget how to relax the mind and quiet the spirit.
“I’m too tired.”
“It’s not fun.”
“I don’t have the time.”
“My legs look ugly in gym shorts.”
“The weather’s bad.”
You’ve heard them. We’ve all used them. They are excuses for people who don’t want to exercise. But even the very best of integrated cancer care will not be maximized without regular exercise. Think of it as a mandatory requirement.
In 2005, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study on physical activity and survival after a cancer diagnosis. The study found that exercising just one hour per week could lower the risk of recurrence by approximately 20 percent.
One of the components in healing from cancer that we recommend is exercise. Studies have shown that virtually any kind of physical activity will help cancer patients and survivors.
In particular, yoga has been lauded by a number of experts to be a gentle, yet effective, form of exercise to help heal the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga can be tailored to your body’s specific needs, without undue exertion or stress on your body.
A recent article in US News and World Report cited a study by Dr.