How to Use Mindfulness to Heal Body and Soul

Is your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth? Is your foot tapping the floor? Are your teeth clenched?  If so, it might be time to consider mindfulness, a philosophy that promotes deep-level healing. To get started, sit in a comfortable chair, take a deep slow breath in, and while gradually exhaling, focus on everything your body is experiencing. Is there a cool draft coming from a window, the sound of birds outside? Can you smell food or perfume or other fragrances? Is your chair soft or is the fabric of your jeans tight against your thighs? The trick to mindfulness is to experience these sensations, to be acutely aware of them, and to let opinions about them pass. And believe it or not, it’s harder than it sounds. Mindfulness advocates living moment by moment without judgment. It’s slowing down and paying attention to situations that sometimes go on auto-pilot, and living with yourself and others without imposing evaluations and prejudice. MORE: A holiday food guide for cancer patients And here is the real takeaway for cancer patients: “Mindfulness can tremendously enhance the healing process” says Dr. Matthew McQuaid, a board-certified surgeon with more than 20 years of experience in medicine and healing. Mindfulness can suspend judgment, even in situations where it’s hard to see the good. Suspending judgment, if only for only a few minutes during cancer treatment, offers a break from the barrage of thoughts that can invade every waking moment and even prevent the elixir of sleep. Dr. McQuaid contends that taking a pill or getting an operation isn’t enough for genuine recovery. The process
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