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5 Tips for Living With the Stress of Cancer and Serious Illness, Part 2

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Susan Bauer Wu Shows Us the Healing Power of Mindfuless and a Tender Heart for Cancer Patients, Cancer Survivors, Caregivers and Those Living With Serious Life-Limiting Illness

Here are five tips from Bauer-Wu's book, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully With Serious and Life-Limiting Illness Through Mindfulness, Compassion and Connectedness (with a foreword by Roshi Joan Halifax) that can bring you to a deep sense of ease and a feeling that there is a genuine place to rest within. Now, why don't we all learn this in kindergarten? If you cannot attend her retreat, you can begin these practices on your own.

Opening the Door to Healing and Wholeness, Peace and Ease in the Midst of a Storm:

Practice Mindful Awareness: Tune In. Engage in the art and practice of intentionally paying attention to the present moment with a spirit of curiosity and openness, receptivity and gentleness.

Cultivate Compassion and Loving Kindness: Open the door of your heart through prayer, personal reflection and meditations that soften the heart. Practice acts of kindness and altruism. Befriend yourself!

Accept Help and Support: Cultivate receptivity and connection with others, let generosity and appreciation flow between yourself and others. Allow your tenderness and vulnerability to be visible. Soften the barriers between yourself and others.

Communicate: Speak from your heart with truthfulness, authenticity and respect. Relax into open listening and heart-full speaking.

Allow Yourself to Be Nourished by the Healing Power of Touch and Presence: Open and relax into to the fullness, richness and intimacy of shared silence and caring touch.

Susan Bauer-Wu, Ph.D., R.N. is a warm and gifted teacher with a distinctive background as a meditation practitioner and teacher and accomplished mind-body researcher and clinician. She is the president of the Society for Integrative Oncology, the Kluge Professor of Contemplative End-of-Life Care at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, and faculty in the Upaya "Being With Dying" program. Susan is the author of dozens of medical and scientific articles and chapters and a book for the lay public, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious and Life-Limiting Illness Through Mindfulness, Compassion, and Connectedness. Susan is the president of the Society for Integrative Oncology whose mission is to advance evidence-based, comprehensive, integrative healthcare to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

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