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CANCER: Increasing Your Odds for Survival. This Emmy-nominated documentary, hosted by Walter Cronkite, is designed to help people survive cancer. It provides vital information which cancer patients and their families need to make informed decisions. The documentary and book deliver a comprehensive overview of the disease, treatments, latest developments, organizations and resources to assist cancer patients in doing all they can to win their fight against cancer, as well as, improve the quality of their lives.

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Mediation on Taking Medicine Within

(The following is a mediation mentioned by Stephen Levine in the documentary, that can be used while taking medication to increase it's healing efficacy.)

Sitting comfortably in a chair or lying easily in bed, pick up the medicine container and just feel it there in your hand. Feel its shape, its denseness, its texture, its quality of coldness or warmth.

Let your hand make contact, feel the sensations generated there.

Let the fingers open the container with awareness. Notice any strain or urgency and soften all about it.

Feel the medication, the pills, as they drop onto the palm of your hand.

Take a moment to look at the pill.

Take a moment to notice if the pill is regarded wholeheartedly as a medium of healing, or if there is a modicum of shame or failure that accompanies it. Focusing on the healing quality within the medication, look on the medicine as a healing potential.

Let the body open to receive the healing within.

Sense the treatment's potential to enter fully into the area of discomfort, its power to bring equanimity and balance.

See the pills there in your hand. Feel their slight weight against the sensitive nerve endings in your palm.

Listen to the medicine. Does it have something to say ?

What is its tone of voice? Is there any sense of helplessness in your relationship to the medicine? Just notice it.

Meet with mercy and awareness any resistance we may have previously ingested along with our treatments. Look on these medications with loving kindness and gratitude.

Thank the pills for whatever healing they may have to offer and place them gently on your tongue, feel the liquid taken to swallow it entering across the lips.

Feel the tongue moving the pills into position to be swallowed.
Feel the swallowing.

Let the pills be drawn past the heart into the awaiting stomach.
Sense the movement of the pills down your esophagus, gently received by the body.

Feel the medication settling into your stomach, radiating like a soft golden light.

Feel the medication conveyed into the place of need.

With loving kindness direct its healing quality to the area of greatest need. Feel the area absorb the healing.

Let it in.

Receive the medication as a blessing.

Find an image which opens you to the healing in your medication.
See it as a gift from a great teacher, as a sacred communion between the outer and inner worlds, as the smile of unbearable compassion on the soft face of the divine mother, as a flower from a dead lover.

Let it in. Absorb it.

Allow the medication to be drawn in, mercy and awareness binding to each molecule sent wholeheartedly into the cause of suffering

Feel the medication dissolving the resistances of a life time, dispelling the tension and difficulty around

Feel it entering directly. Feel it melting injury and illness.

Let the medication heal you.

from "Healing into Life and Death" by Stephen Levine,
reprinted with permission of author



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