It has been 2,5 years since I was diagnozed with stage 4 Melanoma cancer. It has been a challenge, a journey of discovery and healing. When I was still a monk at Deer Park Monastery, CA, I shared some about this experience in especially one Dharma talk, Lucky or Unlucky that you can find below.
I have learned a lot from this experience, about myself, practice of meditation, healing and community. This is a way to share my experience, which I have been told over and over could be helpful for many people. I want to share what I have learned, what has been helpful, what has been challenging and what gifts that has been uncovered thanks to this sickness.
I am inviting you to participate in 3 webinar sessions (one or all three) on Sunday evening CET 18:00 – 19:30 (PST 9:00AM, EST 12 noon), March 7, 14 and 21. Each session will start with a meditation that I found most helpful during this period followed by a talk about a certain period and particular aspects, followed by time for questions and a closing silent meditation to conclude the each session.
Sunday, March 7 – This first session will focus on:
Discovering the first tumor, the first tests followed by weeks of unknowing. Doctors appointments with treatment suggestions, alternative therapies. Communicate about my situation. Asking for support. Choosing focus of attention. Dealing with impermanence. Touching gratitude.
Sunday, March 14 – This second session will focus on:
Dealing with weakness and pain. Knowing what I can do and not, asking for more help. Finding ways to receive offered support. Any regret or shame? Challenged with moments of despair. Taking treatment and finding confidence. Making peace with death. Choosing life and healing. Not identifying with cancer.
Sunday, March 21 – This concluding session will focus on:
What is possible? Continuing to focus on healing with greater enery and demand. Big picture learning from sickness and continued healing. Build stronger health. Communicate about changes in condition. A new birth and continuation.
Click here to come to the registration page! Contribution for these webinars are 150 SEK for one session or 300 SEK for all three, approx 18 resp 36 USD.