On Friday, I went to see my breast surgeon and get my annual mammogram. Although I thought everything would be okay, I was ecstatic when I left her office with the news that I am still cancer free. These experiences always make me think about how grateful I am to wake up each day and be in good health-body, mind and spirit.
As a psychologist, I see so many people struggle with living in the wreckage of the future or regretting the past when all we have is this moment and making it the best we can. As a breast cancer survivor of two and one-half years, I know what it’s like to be faced with the reality of losing your life. Even on my worst days, I try to remain mindful of the gift that I am still alive and it gives me hope and calm.
If you live in the St. Louis area, I’ll be offering a workshop at The Novel Neighbor in Webster Groves about “Women, Mindfulness and Mood” where I’ll be sharing my professional guidance and personal insights about this. Here’s the link and info below if you want to register.
Women, Mindfulness, & Mood: Workshop with Dr. Diane Sanford
March 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
“Join us for another of Dr. Sanford’s amazing workshops – these sell out quickly and space is very limited.
Because as women our minds, hormones and lives are constantly changing, we need to learn a set of coping skills that will help us weather life’s storms. Mindfulness practice that teaches us to calm our mind and re-inhabit our body is a time-proven skillset for easing stress, anxiety and worry. Join Dr. Sanford for this introductory session to her Stress Less Live Better mindfulness-based program that instructs you on how to do this.”
This week, keep track of one thing you’re grateful for each day and see how you feel when you do. Until next time, all the best. Namaste.