Mindful Resilience

By: Anusha Wijeyakumar, MA, Dip Mentoring, CPC, RYT, Wellness Coach

This year has been a testament to the importance of developing greater resilience in our daily lives. We really do need this now more than ever! With 2020 bringing about a worldwide pandemic amongst other issues people seem unable to process the pain and suffering of the world around us. As a result, these unprocessed emotions can turn into fear, anxiety and despair. Especially for those that at a higher risk for developing cancer or have received a cancer diagnosis.

Mindfulness is the journey of befriending ourselves and all of our emotions without judgment or resistance. It is natural to feel anger and frustration with so much seemingly out of our control over the past year. We can begin to feel a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. A mindfulness practice means that we recognize all of these thoughts and feelings we are having so we can process them and in turn release them. Meditation helps us to learn to let go of trying to control everything and learn to embrace our journey in its entirety. This means that we understand suffering is an inevitable part of life and we can be more resilient when we are not trying to negate this sorrow.

Through our breath we are able to open ourselves up to the present moment and move away from the past and fear-based projections into the future. Our minds if left unmanaged will play out our worst nightmares over and over again. This increase of stress in the body can cause longer term health issues. Real resilience comes when we awaken to the beauty that lies within us through these practices. The duality of life means there will be suffering and there will be joy. There will be light and there will be darkness. We cannot avoid these situations and pretending they are not happening only causes more pain and anguish internally whether you are conscious of it or not. Beginning a mindfulness and meditation practice is scientifically proven to help alleviate stress in the body and mind. We are also able to create a place of peace and balance from within that will keep us anchored through the changing tides of life so we can be more resilient.

Enjoy this 5-minute meditation that will help you develop greater resilience in your daily life.