As I continue my quest to be a "better me" I tune into Session #3 of Deepak Chopra's Timeless You series. This episode is called Healthy Relationships. Here we learn of the importance of ridding ourselves of toxic relationships and negativity. Chopra warns us about viewing life through a dirty lens, i.e. Emotional grievances create a dirty lense through which you view all relationships. When you approach the present through a filter of past grievances, you prolong the power of these negative feelings. Chopra teaches us the importance of letting go of resentment and the power of forgiveness of others and of ourselves as well.
I am fascinated with the mind\body connection that Deepak talks about and the affects that stress can have on our emotional and physical well being. I
have even wondered if my diagnosis of aggressive Stage II Breast Cancer 21 years ago was the result of the stress in my life at the time thus lowering my immune response to the dangerousness cancer cells invading my body. I was only 39 years old with no family history. I endured a year of aggressive chemo therapy and 3 months of radiation treatment. Often during these long treatment sessions one of the oncology nurses would lead me in a visualization practice that she believed would help my body fight the cancer cells that were attacking my health. As the poisonous chemicals dripped into my veins through the intravenous tubes we would close our eyes and imagine my healthy cells as "PAC MAN" images eating the cancerous cells as they approached. At the time this all seemed so foreign to me but I eagerly went along with her. I so desperately wanted to live. This same nurse taught me deep breathing exercises to help me endure some of painful procedures I had. She also reminded me of the importance of a daily "belly laugh". I have come to believe that those things were really the best medicine for me. Clearly she was before her time and I feel fortunate to have met her.
I am finding that to get the most from this Timeless You Series I need to go through each session a few times as I can not take it all in at once. There is so much useful information that each time I do, I discover more.
I have a magnet on my refrigerator that my grandson gave to me, it reads: