The Wellness Universe Quote of the Day by Amy Camie
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For over 15 years I have lovingly shared healing harp music and empowering programs in the cancer community through presentations, workshops, gifting of CDs, bedside visits, live music in chemotherapy infusion units, and as a guest speaker for many support groups.
In December 2010, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The opportunity for me to walk my talk was beyond profound as my message for years had brought awareness to the vibrational and energetic impact of the language often used in the cancer world which focuses more on the fear and fight versus the loving and learning. I knew from day one that my journey with cancer was about learning to love myself more fully and I made a commitment to be open and honest about my feelings, fears, insights and lessons in all my journal entries.
In December 2012, I was diagnosed a second time as my journey to love continued.
In 2013, “Loving Life…all of it –A Walk with Cancer, Compassion and Consciousness” was published. It is a summary of journal entries, insights and lessons that continue to impact my life. Below is the Life Lesson that inspired today’s Quote of the Day.
Life Lesson 11
Release Attachments and
Live Fully Without Masks
Journal Entry: February 27, 2011 – As My Hair Began to Fall Out
Oh, these beautiful lessons of flow, moment to moment change, letting go and the mind’s expectations. As I began my nightly routine, I took out my hair clips and my head was really tender and sensitive. I gently rubbed where the clips were, and I was able to pull out many hairs. My heart sank as the rebel in me realized that as much as I really wanted to be the exception and be able to say, “I told you so,” this was happening. I put my hand in another place on my head and gently pulled…yup…more hair. Everyone said, “you’ll know when it’s happening” but I never knew ‘how’ I’d know. Well, the best way I can describe it is, it’s like when you reach down and pull out a patch of dry grass and it just comes up because there’s no resistance from the roots. When you pull on green, healthy grass, you have to really pull because there are roots holding it in the ground. It’s like that with the hair – when you pull on healthy hair, it hurts a little and there’s resistance from the roots vs. when you pull on hair that’s coming out because of chemotherapy drugs. There’s no resistance from the roots so it just simply pulls out. I went and sat down next to John on the couch and cried. As much as someone prepares for something or someone to pass, it’s never the same as when it actually happens. The tears surprised me because I felt so prepared…oh, yeah…that was in my mind. The mind can’t truly experience the feelings until the feelings are experienced, which is what I was doing in that moment when the tears just came flowing up and out. Earlier in the week, I was ready for my hair to go….then each day passed and I thought that maybe I would be different….then I started believing that I would be different…then I WANTED to be different, which formed my attachment back to my hair. But this lesson wasn’t over…as soon as I felt comfortable with keeping my hair, oops, it’s time to let go. Thank goodness I can laugh at myself and see the pattern! What a difference a day makes…an hour makes….a moment makes…what a gift to live fully in each one!
I was surprised at how easy it was for me to eventually go out in public without hair. The first time I walked out the door without a scarf or wig was to pick up my husband after he had car trouble. It’s funny to realize that, once again, I was focused on helping him and wasn’t even thinking about myself, or my bald head. In this case, it was one of the most liberating acts of self-care I could have done. Oh, to feel the wind brush over the top of my head and the warmth of the sun kissing my skin! It was freedom on a level I had never experienced.
At first I was concerned about how other people would feel when they saw me bald, especially since I didn’t look ‘sick.’ My skin color was good and my eyes were clear. When I turned my thoughts back inside I realized that the more comfortable I was within myself, the more beautiful I became on the outside. Being open and honest with myself helped others feel more open and honest around me. I felt soooooo free!!! I loved being bald!! As my hair began growing back in, I seriously considered whether or not I wanted it. Although I do enjoy having hair, I am no longer “attached” to it.
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