Breast Cancer Awareness: Learning to Take Stock and Live LifeSep 30, 2021 10:00AM ● By Berta Prevosti
It is officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One day we will look at this as the most absurd ritual ever, but today, we must be as aware as possible. Once upon a time, the world remembers when cancer’s voice was but a whisper—it was that rare. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same today.
Today it’s almost become a common phrase: “I have breast cancer” or “I’m a survivor”. We wear pink. We tell stories of loved ones. We walk, we run and we hope for the day that we no longer have to. How will we get there? How will we turn back to the time when its presence is, once again, but a whisper?
What was happening then, so many years ago, that isn’t happening now? Maybe it’s something that we are eating, drinking, doing or thinking. What were we doing years ago that kept breast cancer so hushed? It begins with the heart chakra. Of course the two are related. Our heart chakras are closed. What does that even mean?
Divine Love. That is what the Heart Chakra is (Ajna is the sanskrit word for it). We often confuse the love of God for the love of humanity. We are all capable to tap into the Divine Love that flows through all of us. While we sometimes confuse this love with the love we get from other human beings, this Divine Love is much stronger, and is the first place we need to focus on repairing when we begin to heal.
The bottom line is that we are not happy. We are overworked, underpaid, under-loved (by ourselves and others), under-respected, under-everything. We are not happy, and what makes it all so difficult to overcome is how it makes us so very tired.
Breast cancer should be a huge wake-up call for us. We can talk about the food we consume, or how the way we’ve treated our environment impacts our health in a way that makes us more susceptible to these kinds of diseases, but we are seeing breast cancer in numbers that we should be so ashamed and horrified of that it must be something even more universal. It may seem like it’s too deep, or too pervasive a problem, but it’s something we can each, individually, do something about. We must live our most authentic lives.
Of course we have obligations, payments and responsibilities, but we must begin now before it’s too late. Hold on to self-love. Stop hiding. Let that hair grow grey. Laugh much more. So simple to say, but, of course, cancer is not so simple. The truth is that every breast cancer survivor has had to contemplate on the life they had been living, and every single one of them had to take stock, and make some changes before they could begin to live a happier existence. They will talk of the things they let go of and the people that were holding them back. One by one, they all fade away except those that brought them sincere joy.
It’s much easier said than done, but there are many different ways that we can take stock, and begin to take control of our own lives. We might begin by asking: Am I happy? If not, then why not? What is stopping me from becoming happier? Am I doing what it is I have always dreamt of doing? If the answer is no, then why not? Do I like myself? Do I accept myself—my body, mind, background, education, age, accomplishments? What changes would I make in my life if I had only 30 days to live?
Do them now. Each and every one of them. The idea that what stops us from living the most authentic of lives is the separation from fear and faith should inspire us to always reach for faith, and leave fear in the burnt rubber behind our very powerful heels.
Grasp hold of life, before death takes hold of the future. Place faith above fear and take one small step into future happiness and joy. It is possible, health is possible, love is possible.
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