For anyone reading my blog you know that I am a fan of Dr. Art Frank, author and professor of sociology at the University of Calgary. You may not know that he will be speaking at Wellspring Calgary on Tuesday May 6th, at 7:00PM. For all Calgarians reading this blog I advise you to call 403 521-5292 and register immediately. This is a rare opportunity, free of charge, and he is worth driving miles to hear.
For many years I have wanted to take the 8-week program that Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn began called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and today I began. (Jon Kabat-Zinn, is founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, as well as Associate Professor of Medicine in the University's medical school.)
Gottfried joined me in our first session of this mindfulness based meditation program. The commitment is a big one: eight weekly sessions plus a daily 45 minute practice period at home.
The book that we will use with the program is called Full Catastrophe Living, and not everyone may know where that odd title comes from. In the novel Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis, the young professor asks Zorba,
“Are you married?”
Zorba replies: "Am I not a man? Of course I am married. Wife, children, house, everything. The full catastrophe."
We laugh, but in a way that kind of sums it up.
Patricia sent me a message that reminded me of Zorba, in her card this week. She quoted a Japanese proverb that says “We are fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.”
Have a mindful day. Embrace the "full catastrophe" and enjoy the dance. As always, Trudy
A special thanks to the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic for this valuable opportunity. I continue to be astonished and grateful for all the complementary treatments that are offered, along with my chemotherapy.