Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW, a cancer survivor, integrates her years of experience as a psychotherapist with her practice of insight meditation to help people live fully and well, whether they are cancer patients or coping with the stress of daily life. She is adjunct faculty at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society, where, for over eighteen years, she was a senior instructor in mindfulness-based stress reduction. She has taught meditation to cancer patients on the transplant unit in hospitals and outpatient settings, including the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She also teaches at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is founder of Mindful Living and co-founder of Retreats to Renew, providing training and workshops for spas, businesses, healthcare organizations, and educational institutions. --- from the publisher
You have to know Elana to really appreciate her luminosity, her effervescence, and her unbridled enthusiasm for life. She radiates the determination and, strange to say, the innocence and purity of the Little Engine That Could like nobody else I have ever met. Now, in these pages, you have a priceless opportunity to get to know her and share in her remarkable energies. You have here the priceless opportunity to explore the power of mindfulness in the service of coming to terms with things as they actually are — a good way to think of healing — and above all, you have the priceless opportunity to come to know yourself, intimately, in ways that may make all the difference. As the poet, Kabir, put it, “Fantastic! Don’t let a chance like this go by!”
— Jon Kabat-Zinn
An awesome, profoundly inspiring account about facing cancer in ways that might yet be unimaginable to most of us. Reader take heed: This is not just a book about surviving cancer. It is about thriving in the face of death; about choosing life in the midst of complete uncertainty; about saying yes (over and over again) to the luminosity that is the core of our human inheritance. Read it and weep and laugh and mostly dance in the life that is Elana. By touching her life, perhaps you will touch your own and know it.
— Saki F. Santorelli
A unique treasure . . . a book that is both a genuinely useful how-to book with exercises that are creative and engaging and a page-turner of a compelling and inspiring story. If you’re like me you’ll read through to the end and then go back, intrigued by the power of Elana’s courage to look closely at the exercises.
— Sylvia Boorstein