Cancer – Tool To Realign You With Your Purpose

Work, Love, CourageBy Suzanne Strisower, MA, PCC
Life Purpose Expert, Certified Life and Career Coach &

Illness(cancer) is a tough situation that can happen within us often when we least expect it. It has also been perceived as a “messenger” to help bring us and our lives back into alignment. Louise Hay in her classic book, You Can Heal Your Life, offers some interesting insights into the probable cause and new thoughts as they relate to cancer. This may not be your belief system, but she offers a perspective to help give meaning and purpose to the experience when she says for the probable causes,

“Deep hurt. Longstanding resentment. Deep secret or grief eating away at the self. Carrying hatreds. What’s the use.”

Her new thought or affirmation for cancer is,

“I lovingly forgive and release all of the past. I choose to fill my world with joy. I love and approve of myself.”

When we experience life threatening or near death experiences we are can be left with major revelations about how different we are now and how we have a totally new world view about who we are and what is important to us now. Gone are the days of fluff…

Now, we know we are here for a reason, otherwise, we too would have died.  Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos, a three time breast cancer survivor, quipped that “obviously I hadn’t completed my purpose or I would have been gone.” She knows now that her purpose  is to empower cancer victims to be their own best advocate and she helps people know what really lies ahead during and after treatment through her work with the R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation.

Illness provides the opportunity to reassess one’s life, to consider what your purpose in life really is? The answer is very close by…It is revealed in what you have seen, experienced and understand about your life during those moments when you thought you might not make it…But now, ALIVE, how do you want to implement that vision, energy or purpose that helped your survive? Have you been given that same clarity or do you need some guidance to make your life worthwhile?

In Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, when he experienced the Nazi concentration camps, deprivation and death and asked himself why people survived life threatening circumstances and he said it was one of three things:

Work – doing something significant
Love – caring for another
Courage – during difficult times

Which of these three reflects your vision or purpose for your life? The key criteria should be joy and the celebration of your life through some kind of work, love or courage in the face of adversity you triumphed over.

What brings you joy and how can you express that in a purposeful way? Your “life purpose” is simply the “aim or intention of the energy YOU put forth,” so how would you like to joyfully and purposefully expend your energy?

In this life purpose reassessment process, look clearly at how you want to spend your energy going forward, illness gives us a great opportunity to recalibrate ourselves back to our Self.

Suzanne StrisowerSuzanne Strisower for the past 35 years has helped thousands of people as a life purpose expert, certified life and career coach, spiritual guide, author, speaker, workshop facilitator and radio show host.

Off My Asanas

Rhonda M. Smith
Breast Cancer Partner

It is amazing to me how much I can tell about what’s going on with me, my life, and my body when I do yoga, especially when I do my asanas.

Asana is a Sanskrit word that means “to stay.” It is a body position, typically associated with the practice of Yoga, intended primarily to restore and maintain a practitioner’s well-being, improve the body’s flexibility and vitality, and promote the ability to remain in seated meditation for extended periods. These are widely known as Yoga postures or Yoga positions.

Asanas have specific physical functions, such as stretching the back of the body or opening the front of the chest. Many asanas are intended to support healthful deep breathing by stretching and releasing tight muscles around the respiratory system. Asanas have energetic functions as well. Some are very energizing, while others are deeply releasing postures.

In either case, I can tell through my yoga practice what my body needs, and if I am not eating well, sleeping well, or if I am not “centered”. If I am “off”, my ability to hold a pose and “stay”, or remain stable in a balancing posture is off.

It’s amazing what happens when you’re connected to your inner self and when there is synchronicity between the mind, body, and spirit. Or, when you just pay attention to what your body is telling you.

I have learned a lot through my yoga practice and how what happens on the mat is a reflection of my life “off the mat”.  And now I know this to be true:

“The goal of our asana practice is to put people in touch with Total Well-Being and allow that Total Well-Being to be expressed in their spirit, mind, body and the world around them.”

—Swami Chetanananda


Ahimsa Trinity

By Kaliji

I am happy for this invitation from TriYoga® teacher and long time friend, Diana Ross, to share on the Ahimsa Trinity: Animal Rights, Human Health, Ecology.

KalijiHere in 2013 I am asked to write on Vegan, the plant based diet. On one level, it feels we should already know to treat all with compassion. In choosing the right diet for ourselves we must examine the level of compassion it offers. We all know the home cooked meal appears the best due to the love the mother feels while providing it for her children. The compassion can be felt in the food. In the same way, when we provide our body with the best food choices, we are showing a respect, a love for this body/temple. It is not easy to acquire a physical body on planet Earth. When we do, then a life of compassion allows us to make the most of this opportunity.

Our food choices directly effect our health, and all beings, including our planet. Mother Earth has provided us with the best food. It is the most compassionate diet for humans, while providing compassion toward animals and ecology. We need to see that our diet is based in compassion, or do we choose a diet that undermines our health while leaving a larger carbon footprint.

KalijianimalsThe way we feed our body is often a reflection on how we feed our mind, our soul. In the beginning, it is simply a lack of knowledge on this subject. But once we do know, then it becomes more about how we nourish ourselves and others in a compassionate way. This will reflect in our food choices.

I am thrilled to have an opportunity to speak for other energy beings who breathe air as we do ~ Though they may not speak our language of words as we know it ~ they do speak the language of the heart. On one hand I am grateful to be asked to speak for the animals who perhaps have not been heard; and on the other side do I really need to say what the heart already says if we would just listen inside?

Can words speak louder than the heart? Maybe not but we can share knowledge that speaks to the minds and hearts of those who need help to see, to feel on all levels. These animal friends have intelligence, emotions, desires, attachments, family, and love… oh do they ever have love. Look into your companion dog or cat and tell me they have no love. You love their love. You love them.

They are your family. Of course we would not consider eating them for a senseless meal.Yet, can we stop for a moment and ask what is the difference between a pig, cat, dog, or cow? The only difference is the conditioning in our thoughts. I have often thought of it like mass hypnotism telling us it is ok to take their life for a taste that we will soon forget. Even after the meal is passed, their family members cry for them. A cow is heard up to 6 weeks crying for their calves. We close our ears to their cries. This illusion covers the heart making us unable to feel the love of these beings. The darkness masks our mind and deludes us into thinking we are elegant eaters. The animals are not the only ones in pain. Our body soon suffers. At the time of death, maha prana transports the soul out of the body. The only prana remaining is the one that dissolves the body, the five elements. This was the last prana in the animal’s body. Thus, the effects from this type of diet are far reaching.

Wake up ~ the Mother Earth is crying. We have robbed her, stolen her children, feasted on their bodies after inhuman slaughter. Our resources are disappearing along with countless species. The planet is dissolving at record speed while over 60 billion animal souls crying not to be slaughtered while we leave them in tight cages, suffering unnatural everything.

Oh please wake up for the love of animal rights, human health, and ecology. We are blessed to incarnate on Earth. Let us celebrate love, life, and respect for all prana beings.


More by Yogini Kaliji: “Ahimsa Trinity
of animal rights, human health & ecology

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