Photo courtesy of Team B4BC Rider Malia Manuel
We wanted to switch things up this Wednesday in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. For many people, the pink frenzy of October can be a confusing time. The opportunities to get involved and show support are plentiful. All things fashion, beauty, food, and design invite us to purchase pink in the name of breast cancer awareness — but that also makes it confusing. With the pink-hued mania now lighting up October, we all have the opportunity to infuse our support and awareness with a healthy dose of mindfulness. Here are a few tips:
BE MINDFUL OF YOUR BODY
Early detection is key in any disease, especially breast cancer. This is an ideal time to schedule a mammogram for yourself or remind a loved one. You can also commit to performing monthly self-exams. Treat your body with personal mindfulness and attention.
CONNECT WITH LOVED ONES
Most likely, we all know someone who is going through or has been through some type of cancer, breast or otherwise. Reach out to that person and let them know you’re thinking of them. We promise you, it’s the random texts, calls, and social media messages that mean the world to anyone who has been touched by cancer. If you are more of a “doer,” offer something more tangible like arranging for a cleaning service; organizing meals; offering rides to appointments; gifting cozy items like blankets, socks, and sweatshirts for chemo days; and sending fresh flowers.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT MINDFULLY
There is no question that the big foundations can play a pivotal role when it comes to cancer research and finding a cure. But there are so many other important organizations for all types of cancer that deserve attention. Consider embracing causes that support overall women’s health and helping the diseases that don’t receive the level of awareness and support that breast cancer does. Let the pink frenzy inspire you to find a cause that you connect with. If you’re eager to help others, reach out to your local organizations and strive for that personal connection.
DONATE WITH INTENTION
If dyeing your hair pink or buying a designer handbag makes you feel like you’re helping, then by all means do it. But do the research and understand where the funds are going, and make sure that resonates with you. Hold the organizations and brands making the promises accountable. Unfortunately, pinkwashing does happen, so be intentional and informed with your purchases.
PRACTICE A “LOVINGKINDNESS” MEDITATION
Picture someone you know who is going through cancer. If you don’t know anyone, imagine someone who is experiencing any type of struggle. Picture them as you breathe into your heart center and silently repeat the phrases: May your body be at ease. May your heart be open. May your mind be boundless. May you be awakened and free. Repeat these phrases for yourself, and then for all beings in the world.
Source: Mind Body Green