Mindfulness in Crisis

Crises reveal your values because you have to choose.

Ed Milliband

It’s the end of a long day. I’m behind on the doctor recommended exercises, both mental and physical. I tell myself the physical exercises are too stimulating to do this late in the day. They’ll make it hard to sleep. Who am I fooling? The mental exercises push me and I get anxious. My first thought is the cancer related cognitive dysfunction scares me, a lot. My second thought is without a healthy body, a healthy mind is impossible.

Let’s get some perspective. The heaviest weight is 8 pounds. That isn’t going to get me too pumped to sleep.

Mindfulness practices urge me to pause before reacting and notice what’s going on. Are my choices serving me well? No, not really. I need to do both.

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