Meditation and Cancer

by Scott Ward

I have been attending the Canmore group for the past 17 years and have been also practicing meditation and Buddhism on my own for the same amount of time. I realized those many years ago that one had to gain some semblance of control over the mind to reduce self-inflicted suffering. 

 Likely due to being a first responder in my job, I was suffering from anxiety and worry. I would wake up at 0200, my mind would start running, and the rest of the night was a wreck. I took a meditation course from Sangamitta (Mary Dumka) through the Canmore Community Classes and very quickly started seeing results. Shortly after that I started attending the Group and have been practicing ever since. 


This has made a huge difference in my life. I have become calm, content and not prone to worry or anxiety. I recently received a prostate cancer diagnosis and, while being told by the Urologist, I did not feel any anxiety or apprehension. I couldn't believe it. -I thought something must be wrong with me.  As I await surgery I still do not feel anxious about it.  The only thing I can chalk it up to is the practice. 


Your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy.-I know what I choose!


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We are located in south Canmore. You are welcome to drop in for our group meditation practice on Tuesday and Friday. For other times please contact us for an appointment or view our event calendar for public talks, teachings, and retreats. 

     518 2nd St, Canmore, Alberta
   T1W 2K5

     403 678-2034

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