Mindfulness for Cancer
- 3.5 hours on-demand video
- 5 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- How Mindfulness can help you deal with the day to day struggle of cancer.
- What is Mindfulness
- Introduction to Meditation
- Dealing with Thoughts and Feelings
- Daily Mindful Practice
- How to cope with Waiting
- Mindful Awareness
- Acceptance and Letting Go
- Kindness, Patience and Gratitude
- Dealing with Emotions and Pain
- 7 Attitudes of Mindfulness
- There are no prerequisites for this course, just an open mind.
Cancer is a word that none of us ever want to hear, being told you have cancer can be devastating, it can effect your life in so many different ways, this Mindfulness for cancer course will give you strategies to help you deal with all stages of your mental health during the cancer journey. All the session are broken down into short, easy to understand sessions. It will build up to give you workable and usable strategies to help you deal with cancer. Great course for people who have cancer, waiting to find out if they have it, going through treatment or any stages of cancer. Also great for anyone that has loved one dealing with cancer. Sharon Key is a qualified Mindfulness and Mediation Teacher who has had to deal with cancer twice in her life, giving you tried and tested techniques to help you through this difficult journey.
- For people who are dealing with or have dealt with cancer, for family and friend of people that are dealing with cancer. For anyone that works with people that have been affected by cancer.
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Mindful Attitudes by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living
7 Attitudes of Mindfulness According to Jon Kabat-Zinn. Here are some paraphrases from his book Full Catastrophe Living:
NON-JUDGING: Being an impartial witness of your own experience requires that you become aware of the constant stream of judging and reacting to inner and outer experiences that we are normally caught up in, observe it, and step back from it. Just observe how much you are preoccupied with liking and disliking during a ten-minute period as you go about your business.
PATIENCE: A form of wisdom, it demonstrates that we accept the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time. We intentionally remind ourselves not to be impatient with ourselves because we are tense or agitated or frightened. We give ourselves room to have these experiences. Why? Because we are having them anyway! Each moment is your life in that moment.
BEGINNER’S MIND: An open, beginner’s mind allows us to be receptive to new possibilities and prevents us from getting stuck in the rut of our own expertise. No moment is the same as any other - each one is unique and contains unique possibilities. Are you able to see the sky, the stars, the trees, with a clear and uncluttered mind? TRUST: Developing a basic trust in yourself and your feelings is an integral part of meditation training. It is far better to trust in your intuition and your own authority, even if you make some mistakes, than always to look outside yourself for guidance. If something doesn’t feel right, why not honour your feelings? It is impossible to be like somebody else. Your only hope is to become more fully yourself.
NON-STRIVING: Meditation’s only goal is for you to be yourself. The irony is that you already are. This craziness may be pointing you toward a new way of seeing yourself, one in which you are trying less and being more. If you think, “I am going to get relaxed, control my pain, or become a better person”, you have introduced an idea in your mind of where you should be, and that you are not OK right now. This attitude undermines mindfulness, which involves simply paying attention to whatever is happening.
ACCEPTANCE: Seeing things as they actually are in the present. If you have a headache, accept that you have a headache. In the course of our daily lives, we often waste a lot of energy denying and resisting what is already fact. When we do that, we are basically trying to force situations to be the way we would like them to be, which only makes for more tension, which actually prevents positive change from occurring. Acceptance sets the stage for acting appropriately in your life, no matter what is happening.
LETTING GO: When we start paying attention to our inner experience, we rapidly discover that there are certain thoughts and feelings and situations that the mind seems to want to hold on to. Similarly, there are others that we try to get rid of or prevent or protect ourselves from having. In mindfulness, we intentionally put aside the elevation of some experiences more than others. Instead, we let our experience be what it is. Letting go is a way of letting things be, without grasping and pushing away. If you have difficulty picturing what letting go feels like, picture holding on. Holding on is the opposite of letting go. Letting go is not a foreign experience - we do it every time we go to sleep. If we can’t let go, we find we are unable to sleep. Now we can practice applying this skill in waking situations as well.
Pain - Suffering occurs on two levels.
Firstly, there are the actual sensations felt in the body – this is known as ‘Primary Suffering’. This is sent to the brain from an injury, an ongoing illness or changes to the nervous system itself.
On top of this is ‘Secondary Suffering’, which is made up of all the thoughts, feelings, emotions and memories associated with the pain. These might include anxiety, stress, worry, depression.
The pain and distress that you feel are actually made from both Primary and Secondary.
If you can learn to separate the two you can greatly reduce, or even eliminate your pain.
Secondary Suffering tends to dissolve when you observe it with the mind’s eye. Mindfulness can allows you to do this.
It’s important to understand that although the sensation of pain is created by the mind, your suffering is still real. You really do feel it. It exists and it can be genuinely overwhelming. But once you understand that you can control the secondary pain, it can start to lesson.