Think it. See it. Achieve it.

| September 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dear BCW Members,

As this is my first BCW blog, I thought it would invite you to read the ‘behind the scene’ devel­op­ment of In Mind In Body, the organ­i­sa­tion I have founded to help ease and pro­long the lives of peo­ple liv­ing with cancer.

The In Mind In Body Team

Team Meet­ing — March 2013
Left to right — Ali­son, James, Tess, Mar­cus, Judi & Mike

 

Since my can­cer diag­no­sis in 2010, my approach to life has changed dra­mat­i­cally. My lim­it­ing self beliefs, which too often held me  back in the past, have been dis­missed and I now trust, believe and allow life will unfold in a way that’s right for me. Life now holds far more pos­si­bil­i­ties and excite­ments, which pre­vi­ously I had closed my eyes to, too fear­ful of ‘change’ until can­cer left me with no option.

I was not one for read­ing, how­ever totally debil­i­tated through chemother­apy I lay on my bed and asked myself why I thought I might have can­cer? I ate health­ily, I always exer­cised, I had never smoked, I drank but not heav­ily — what was going on inside me?  I began to read Ian Gawler’s ‘You can con­quer your can­cer’ and Bran­don Bays’  ‘The Jour­ney’, out popped the word ‘stress’ — I was indeed ‘stressed’, extremely stressed emo­tion­ally.  I found myself search­ing  deep inside me, to seek the help of coun­sel­lors and emo­tional heal­ing ses­sions, to make changes in my life and believe I would come through.

Fre­quently I read the words ‘mind, body and soul’ but I felt no true under­stand­ing as to what my ‘soul’ was . Fur­ther read­ing lead me to Rhonda Byrne’s ‘The Secret’ and numer­ous books on the law of attrac­tion, the law of nature. Mar­i­anne Williamson’s ‘Return to Love’,  Anita Moorgani’s ‘Dying to be me’  and Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biol­ogy of Belief’ became favourites. I  finally began lis­ten­ing to those instinc­tive thoughts, those intu­itive feel­ings, those lit­tle nudges here and there.

Hav­ing com­pleted my treat­ment I wanted  to find a way, to help oth­ers  move for­ward, through what is often a very dark and fright­en­ing can­cer jour­ney. In June 2011, Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port pub­lished the ‘Move More’ report which out­lined the ben­e­fits of par­tic­i­pa­tion in Phys­i­cal Activ­ity on reduc­ing the side effects of treat­ment and reduc­ing the chance of recur­rence. As a per­sonal fit­ness trainer, I felt this was an impor­tant mes­sage I could help get across to people.

In dis­cussing my ideas with a close friend, who sadly had recently lost his wife from can­cer, he asked me, ‘What hap­pens when peo­ple are too tired and exhausted through treat­ment, to even con­tem­plate exer­cise and yet they are the very peo­ple who need it most?’ I had read so much about the ‘power of our minds’, how our con­scious thoughts only use 10% of our minds capa­bil­i­ties. How could I tap into the sub-conscious mind, to acti­vate our own innate heal­ing and encour­age movement?

‘Visu­al­iza­tion’ is a term com­monly used in self help books; to imag­ine a future event, to set a scene and using multi-sensory rehearsal to attract events into our lives. A term often used by sports psy­chol­o­gists, to train ath­letes to improve their achieve­ments and goals. If you can visu­al­ize in sport, why can’t you visu­alise in heal­ing? I began research­ing the ben­e­fits of guided imagery/guided visu­al­iza­tion and was amazed by the findings.

I use visu­al­iza­tion in many ways.….…a healthy mind leads to a healthy body,’ Luke Don­ald MBE (Pro­fes­sional Golfer)

  • Reduces phys­i­cal stress and tension
  • Enhances immune responses
  • Decreases panic attacks & anxiety
  • Helps to reduce pain and thereby unwanted suffering
  • Reduces unwanted side effects of con­ven­tional treatment
  • Improves sleep
  • Reduces feel­ings of fear, pow­er­less­ness and depression
  • Cre­ates opti­mism and deep­ens a ‘will’ to live
  • Instils con­fi­dence
  • Helps to com­mu­ni­cate between the body and mind

And so the idea was born to com­bine the ben­e­fits of par­tic­i­pa­tion in Phys­i­cal Activ­ity with those of guided imagery/guided visu­al­i­sa­tion, to offer peo­ple hope and faith on their jour­neys and improve responses to con­ven­tional treatment

‘I found imag­in­ing an event, unbe­liev­ably ben­e­fi­cial,’ Natalie, Thriver

Work­ing with the prin­ci­ples of the law of attrac­tion, that like attracts like, I held faith that this was pos­si­ble, exactly ‘how’ it would appear I was unsure, how­ever I was totally focused on its man­i­fes­ta­tion. The right peo­ple have lit­er­ally appeared in my life at just the right time — my list is end­less but for exam­ple I was very for­tu­nate whilst search­ing for like minded peo­ple on twit­ter, to  link with @carolesanek, who intro­duced me to Bev­er­ley Vote ear­lier this year. Bev­er­ley very kindly put me in con­tact with Dr Sandy Jost, a guided imagery expert in Hous­ton. Sandy and I very quickly began to skype one another — it was as if we had known each other for years! Sandy has become a key advi­sor in the devel­op­ment of In Mind In Body and author of our “Can­cer Involve­ment Pro­gramme”.  Her’Guided Imagery’ cer­ti­fi­ca­tion course taught me so much and enabled me to develop a sci­en­tific under­stand­ing of why imagery/visualization works.

I am delighted to inform you that www.inmindinbody.com went live in August 2013

 

 ‘Over 90% of your nat­ural life in sub­con­scious. If you fail to make use of this power you con­demn your­self to live within very nar­row lim­its,’ -Dr Joseph Mur­phy.

 

I am extremely grate­ful for all those involved in the devel­op­ment of In Mind In Body, espe­cially Mike, Ali­son, Mar­cus, Jan, Sandy, James and Gay. All the sports pro­fes­sion­als and thrivers who have shared their free time to help us launch. If you have a visu­al­iza­tion’ story you would like to share with us please make con­tact, thank you.

‘Life has no lim­i­ta­tions, except for the ones you make,’ — Les Brown

 

Think it. See it. Achieve it.  :)

 

 

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