WHYbemindful is a course designed to support people who have, or have had, cancer and their carers, and people affected by bereavement. It offers the potential to learn a life-enhancing toolbox of practices and a way of being with yourself as you go through this very difficult journey. It offers a safe space for people in similar circumstances to share their own experiences of the mindfulness practices, with the companionship of other like-minded people.
Perhaps you feel disconnected from your body, a sense that it has let you down in some way. Maybe you have lost trust in judging new physical sensations, finding that your mind is pulled into an anxious cycle of rumination, worrying about things, like, is this a recurrence? Perhaps you’re struggling to cope with the emotional impact of the death of a loved one. Being part of a group, where we hear others’ voices echoing similar thoughts, we realise that we are not alone, and we can see our thoughts are not facts.
"Mindfulness has given me the tools I needed to deal with the negative thoughts that crowded my mind. I can now enjoy the present and take time to appreciate all that is positive in my life”
It is very natural and normal to be drawn into anxious cycles of thoughts, especially around appointments, scans, and results, or important anniversaries. Mindfulness provides some practical tools to help you stay grounded; to be present with the difficult. There are aspects in life we cannot change, but we do have choice about how we respond. Do you habitually react to your thoughts and feelings, or can you learn to bring a skilful response?
We explore what energises and lifts us in our daily life and what drains and depletes us. We can make simple choices that promote our wellbeing and see the positive ripple effect this has on all of those around us. Mindfulness can be empowering and transformative. It offers the possibility for you to find ways to live your own life, feeling you are in charge, to regain of a sense of having some control of how you live through whatever comes your way.