My interest in meditation began when I studied Reiki but you do not need to have any previous study or meditation experience to get started. If you have been diagnosed with cancer and are undergoing/recovering from treatment it can be a scary time. Everyone worries about different things. Am I going to get better? How will I manage during treatment? Am I going to die? These and many more thoughts go through people’s heads when they first hear that word, cancer. The last thing most people probably think about is meditation! If you think about it for a few seconds surely you will see that being calmer and having a positive attitude about your ongoing treatment can only benefit your health and wellbeing!
Deep meditation takes a lot of practice and dedication but you can start small. Finding somewhere quiet can be tricky but you need peace so bribe the family to leave you alone if thats what it takes. I use guided meditation as it gives you something to focus on. Guided meditation involves listening to a voice and imagining the scenarios you are guided through. There are many online you can use to start that are free to download. As a newcomer to meditation they are much easier as trying to focus at the start is difficult and you are more likely to give up. Even if it takes several listens for a guided meditation to get through it will relax you each time so that has to be a benefit to everyone! You will feel calmer and in time be able to deal with the thoughts as they come into your head and discard them again just as quickly.
Do not expect an instant fix! meditation does not cure but if you are more relaxed and less stressed about your illness/treatment you will be able to deal with whatever happens. It costs very little and that is only if you decide to buy a CD or perhaps go to a meditation group. Groups can be very enjoyable not only for the social aspect but also you can chat to others and get useful tips. I do have to say that group meditation is not for everyone. You will be asked if you wish to share your thoughts. This is not compulsory but some people feel uncomfortable at the thought of sharing private feelings. There are lots of resources online, my own website has loads of information www.themeditationstop.com Do not be afraid to try something different, it cannot hurt you and you may just find it renews your spirit and gives you added strength to face the future.