Poison into Medicine:

Finding Self-Love, Self-Compassion and Wisdom in Chronic Illness

Five 90-minute Classes: Thursdays, November 16-December 14
11:00am San Francisco/2:00pm New York/8:00pm Amsterdam

“Words can not describe how much this class is right on time for me and helping me move in more positive directions!“
L.R. ~ mother
“During guided meditation, I felt my senses were more awake than ever. The whole experience opened and touched me.”
L.O. ~ Therapist

This course starts in:

Being Sick and Uncomfortable Does Not Have to Make Your Life Miserable

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? 

Who knows? 

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

    Discover the hidden strength that chronic illness can offer

    This course is particularly important if you:

    ✅ Are tired of feeling hopeless

    ✅ Find yourself thinking ‘life sucks’

    ✅ Are just waiting every moment for the discomfort to stop

    ✅ Want to find real meaning in life

    ✅ Feel lost

    ✅ Wish others could understand

    ✅ Are seeking a new way of being with illness

    ✅ Want to feel inspired and fully alive

    "I’m very grateful for these teachings to help me through some hard situations in my life.”
    ~ G.L. - Mindfulness Trainer


    Gregory Heffron
    Buddhist Teacher
    Executive Director/Senior Teacher of Green Light Communication

    Greg is the Executive Director of the Green Light Communication and teaches Mindful Communication throughout North America and Europe.

    “Through the years, I have been privileged to witness how effective Mindful Communication is — whether I’m teaching basic mindfulness to newcomers, or diving deep with advanced meditators and those in the helping professions. Everyone benefits.“

    In addition to an array of introductory courses, Greg has developed and teaches Green Light Communication’s Advanced Certification and Teacher Training courses across three continents, and in countries with cultures as diverse as Ukraine, Canada, Austria, Chile, United States, Switzerland, Poland and Holland.

    “For me, it has been humbling and inspiring teaching across cultures, feeling each person’s uniqueness and our shared humanity. Regardless of who we are, we ALL struggle with disconnection, and we ALL long to feel connected.“

    Greg is a featured author in the forthcoming Mindful Communication: Speaking and Listening with Wisdom and Compassion, released in April 2023 by Routledge Press.