Posted by: 2in10 | 01/27/2011

deep river within

A friend and reader suggested I bring to your attention the important work by psychotherapist and author Abby Seixas. Her book, Finding the Deep River Within: A Woman’s Guide to Recovering Balance & Meaning in Everyday Life, has been endorsed widely, including by Christiane Northrup, MD, Rachel Naomi Remen, MD and Oprah.

Seixas helps women and men break out of the 24/7 crush of life in her publications, talks, group sessions, and coaching. You can learn more at www.deepriverwithin.com. I can relate to the suggestion that constantly having too much to do is related to needing to have control. It’s hard to let go and leave some time uncommitted, even a few minutes. 

Coping with cancer and treatment takes away much of your control. Treatment is getting increasingly user-friendly. That’s a good thing. People today wear fanny-packs and port-a-caths so chemotherapy drugs can be administered for 24 hours and longer while they work, drive, eat, and sleep.

That’s different from my 30-hour infusions in the hospital, including an overnight. True, those hospitalizations were disruptive, but they also forced me to accept that I was dealing with something huge. I had to let go of daily chores to focus on getting well. My family had to live through the reality that Mom wasn’t her usual supportive self. I don’t know which is better. It’s different now and I’m suggesting that there were some side benefits to the difficulties of the past.

I won’t paraphrase all Abby has to say, but I encourage you to take a moment to visit the Deep River Within website. I can feel my shoulders dropping, my jaw relaxing, and my breath deepening when the home page opens. Abby’s work surely contributes to good health and happiness.

Carolyn

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