9 Ways to Stay Spiritually Connected On Your Cancer Journey
Spirituality is very personal and each individual
may define it a little differently. However, many agree it’s deeply connected
to our desire to find meaning and purpose in our lives, which can be very
helpful when you’re faced with an illness like cancer. A cancer diagnosis
sometimes affects our spiritual well-being and it can be challenging to stay
spiritually strong during your journey. Fortunately, spiritualism can encompass
a wide range of areas like nature, inner peace, hope and a connection to a
higher power, which opens up many options for maintaining your spiritual
connection even while you’re managing cancer.
Embrace Your Spiritual Side https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F47%2Fca%2Fa3b9a9a349a09e96030b357dcf10%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-gettyimages-500020727.jpg
Prayer and meditation are often included in
spiritual support for cancer patients because it can help reduce your anxiety
and worries about what will happen next. The beauty of these practices is that
they are versatile. You can do them just about anywhere, you don’t need any
special tools or equipment and you can enjoy meditation and prayer alone or in
a group. Also, you can tailor your intentions to focus on healing yourself or
others, as well as for general peace. Whichever way you approach meditation and
prayer, it can help reduce stress and soothe your nervous system.
1. Try Meditation or Prayer https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F48%2F3f%2Fe14447994187a054b4af5e7ff569%2Fimage-gettyimages-546825845-woman-meditation.jpg
Heading outside to enjoy nature is a favorite practice
that can connect you with the beauty of our world and your own inner peace.
Relfection in nature is known to reduce stress and enhance feelings of joy and
gratitude. Nature is also an agnostic space where you can enjoy spiritual
practices of all kinds. Get creative and try yoga outside, chant or sing while
you’re on your daily walk, pray while you sit by a stream or dance your heart
out in the middle of a field. The birds and squirrels just might join in.
2. Enjoy the Outdoors https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/crop/1500x1003%2B0%2B0/resize/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F8f%2F52%2F439269e14ce7ba38bc899960ae80%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-gettyimages-187139061.jpg
When you’re working through a cancer diagnosis,
you may be experiencing a lot of feelings that are hard to share with others or
get stuck swirling around in your mind. Journaling can be a therapeutic
practice that helps you release those thoughts onto paper and relieve anxiety
or increase joy. Your journal is your private space, so any and all thoughts
are welcome. Try taking 5-10 minutes to journal when you wake up or make a
gratitude list at the end of the day. Don’t forget that journaling doesn’t have
to mean pen on paper. You can use a voice recorder to create an audio journal that
may be helpful for you and others to listen to and reflect upon later.
3. Journal About Your Experience https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F93%2Ffa%2Fcf334ef244b093cce319f93bd368%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-gettyimages-173069700.jpg
When your working through a treatment routine
for cancer, doing activities that are more freeform can be relaxing. Creating
art is a fun way to connect to your spiritual side and can take many forms.
Express yourself with painting, making music, singing, dancing and even
cooking. Do whatever the true you feels like doing. Creative play can also help
you release emotions from your system, share your cancer story and serve as a
nice distraction from your worries. You don’t even have to make art, you can
just look at it and enjoy it. Whatever your creative intention, open your
imagination and go for it.
4. Get Creative https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/crop/1500x1003%2B0%2B0/resize/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2Fed%2F37%2F56d8f3f3492c995daa60bfee9055%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-senior-women-painting.jpg
When faced with an illness, you may become more
curious about the meaning of life and be inspired to explore a variety of
spiritual approaches to see what can help you most right now. There are a lot
of books available by spiritual masters or people just like you who have gone