Yesterday, I published a guest blog post on Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer, entitled, “Suffering with Suffering and Accepting the Lifeline of Support.” I want to thank Marie Ennis O’Connor for the honor of guest blogging on her site. She is an inspiration and role model. Her blog is a personal favorite of mine and I urge you to visit it often.
When I wrote this post, I wasn’t thinking about mindfulness, but it came up when I reread it today. I realized that those first awful months of my cancer ordeal, when I had little support, would have been easier had I been mindful. Instead, I struggled under the delusion that I wasn’t suffering enough to deserve support.
By judging myself as not suffering enough, instead of simply being aware and open, I let opportunities for support pass me by. I was operating under a delusion and that delusion caused me more suffering.
I hope you read and enjoy my guest post. If you’re feeling guilty about asking for support, please know that you are entitled to it. Once you realize that, you will find and make opportunities for support which will ultimately be the source of much of your healing.
Survival > Existence,
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