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'The deep effort required to face death and seek to understand
it can unleash previously untapped aspects of the self.'
a blessing that they find some career
avenues blocked -- it may just be an
impetus for a positive reshaping of their
career, a stimulus for entrepreneurial
endeavours. Certainly, most would not
choose to fight for their rights in a law
court; to have to battle a business for
perceived discrimination is a waste of
vitality better directed elsewhere. Creative
solutions are a healthier option.
The deep effort required to face
death and seek to understand it can
unleash previously untapped aspects of
the self. Whether a spiritual perspective
had been developed before cancer, for
many people, the reality of mortality
brings existential questions to the fore.
The possibility of losing all of one's
attachments is usually scary. It confronts
us with a sense of loss, injustice, fear or
frustration. Yet we all know death is a part
of life, we just do a great job ignoring it
most of the time. Cancer removes the
blinkers and places everything we value
into a new perspective.
Our predominant culture and most
of the medical profession seem to think
prolonging life is a worthy goal. Maybe it
is, but if we genuinely face up to the
prospect of dying, it tends to lose much
of its terror if not its mystery. Death can
be seen as a continuation of having lived
well. Dying is another transition time, like
birth or adolescence, where parts of the
self must be let go of in order to allow
the new forces to express themselves.
Professor John W. Travis in The Wellness
Workbook points out that all the healthy
choices we make cannot vaccinate us
against death. There is no cure.
For those who have experienced
the trial by fire of a cancer diagnosis
and treatment and lived to tell the tale,
the future has undoubtedly shifted to
accommodate their new selves. The
question for each of us is, how do we
want to live? If facing our mortality
directly or by empathising with others
causes us to reflect on our deeper values,
that is a movement towards greater
wellness. No matter what the external
circumstances life throws at us, despite
the incredibly disruptive diseases we
may suffer, we all have scope for a rich
inner life. Maybe it's true that the closed
doors of certain career paths can help to
clarify an alternative life path. Hopefully,
cancer serves to remind us all to seek our
happiness in sustainable ways by investing
in the relationships that will matter to
us on our deathbed. That includes our
relationship with ourselves, our loved
ones, nature, life and the universe itself.
There's no insurance policy better than
having loved and been loved in return.
There's no career that will matter more
in the scheme of things than having done
our life's work, with or without tangible
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yoga teacher and naturopath
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