Yoga Bear announces a new essay contest on "Befriending Your Body."
Many people with cancer feel abandoned or betrayed by their body.
Finding out that your body has produced, or is host to, this disease
can take away the instinctive sense of trust and comfort you have with
your own body. The side effects of cancer treatment can make even the
healing process feel like a battle against your body. Even after
treatment, some survivors view their bodies as a potential enemy that
might once again get in the way of their dreams and lives. Or they
feel like they have a new body that is not really theirs--not the body
they knew how to be in.
All of this is a perfectly natural response to cancer, but it can be a
source of tremendous suffering. Repairing your relationship with your
body is as much a part of the healing process as surgery or
chemotherapy. We know, from both research and our community, that yoga
can be an important support to this process.
We want to hear how you are befriending your body. Winners of this
contest will have their essays published on our site and receive a
personalized copy of Yoga Bear adviser Dr. Kelly McGonigal's new book,
Yoga for Pain Relief
, which emphasizes befriending your body as the
foundation for any healing and recovery process.
Submit a short essay (100-300 words) on one of the following topics:
1) What do you love about your body? Why are you grateful for your body?
2) What did you do (or what are you going to do) to take care of
yourself and listen to your body's needs? What have you done to
restore trust and acceptance of your body?
To get inspired, you can practice this guided audio relaxation and
body appreciation meditation
from Dr. McGonigal.
Post your response here or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 PM PST Mon, December
20. Include your mailing address. Winners will be chosen in time to receive the book as a New Year's gift to yourself!