In five 90-minute classes, you’ll find new ways to be with your illness — and your life
Let’s be honest. Ongoing illness is no fun.
The definition of “chronic illness” is that it goes on — either unpredictably, or predictably without an end date.
Will you feel better in a month or six months or a year?
And then there’s the discomfort… I don’t think an illness exists without discomfort. Even numbness is a form of discomfort. (a serious one!)
And when friends, family or coworkers say to you “I hope you’re feeling better!” it thrusts your mind down into the harsh truth: that you’re not sure how to make that happen.
Or even if it truly can happen.
THE DEEPER DISCOMFORT
But beyond the surface, those of us with serious chronic illness often fall down a rabbit hole into a deeper kind of pain.
We begin to be deeply unkind to ourselves.
Sometimes we say things in our mind like, “Why can’t I just be normal?!”
Or: “This is happening because there’s something fundamentally wrong with me…”
Sometimes we don’t even notice being unkind to ourselves. It’s so “normal” we have learned to ignore these painful voices and cover them up with constant distractions: activities, TV, conversations, scrolling on our phone…
Anything to avoid our self-scolding.
SELF-COMPASSION ISN’T “FLUFFY”
Here’s the hidden truth. I’m just going to say it plainly.
You’re actually ok.
Don’t get me wrong. You’re sick.
But you’re also just fine.
And overcoming that negative self-talk is crucial to your wellbeing.
I’m not saying you don’t have things to work on. Maybe you are doing things that make your symptoms worse. Maybe you did make mistakes in the past — I know I did.
But holding yourself with genuine self-respect and self-care will help you to discover those mistakes. And allow you to maximize your life in the midst of the challenges you face.
Self-compassion is exactly the medicine you need.
SOME OF THE ‘GREAT PEOPLE’ IN HISTORY WERE CHRONICALLY ILL — JUST LIKE YOU
By looking into the life stories of renowned people like US President Franklin Roosevelt, the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo or the American writer Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit, Unbroken), we’ll contemplate how being sick can provide us greater insight, compassion and strength.
Together, we will also address how to be ‘a great person’ and ‘live a great life…’
…even if you’re stuck in bed or are dealing with daily pain.
THIS PROGRAM IS COMING FROM EXPERIENCE
I’m Greg Heffron, the course leader and Executive Director of Green Light Communication. I began my journey with chronic illness in 2002, and became mostly disabled by chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) beginning in 2007.
Mine has often been a harsh journey.
And sometimes midnight-black for months or even years at a time…
Yet as the years pass by, I find life to be more joyful and fulfilling. My fear has released further and further due to the invaluable teachings and practices I’ve been given within Buddhism, and from valuable psychological teachings.
This course will not be “Buddhist,” but will share some of its timeless wisdom that transcends cultures and religions.
Anyone is welcome who is tired of feeling disappointed and overwhelmed, and is willing to look at life with a fresh perspective.