Healing may take place with or without curing. Think about that for a moment... That's a unique concept in the Western world. Patients, survivors, caregivers, even you and me, have a huge amount of pain and suffering, both physical and emotional.
Through the cultivation of mindfulness, we develop a more functional relationshp with that suffering, we turn towards it, open to it, and actually befriend it to a degree rather than insisting that it stop, and in the process, the pain often transforms or even falls away. We may still pass away according to the timeline of our diagnosis - but with a peaceful attitude towards the end of our life the passage may be a gift, not a curse. We've become an active participant along the way, and the healing may be in our relationships, both with our own inner heart and with those we love.
Integrative therapy, also known as Mindfulness-Based Stressed Reduction (MBSR), can also empower individuals living with a diagnosis to become active participants in their own prevention, recovery and treatment. These techniques are evidence based for decreasing heart disease and studies are conintually showing that MBSR also helps cancer patients in many ways.
Simple, yet profound tools such as mindful breathing, meditation, deep relaxation, yoga, qigong, guided imagery, mudras and affirmations, and laughter have been proven to release stress and lead to serenity and acceptance of our bodies and our spirits.
These techniqes are low cost and high yield. No expensive equipment, no fancy clothing, and can be adapted for anybody and any body type. Integrative Therapy meets people right where they are.