The other day I was consulted by a men, a 35 years old, young architect, that had just received the devastating news that they had found metastasis form an earlier stomac cancer in his pancreas, and he was in total panic having bought into the popular mith that that was already a death sentence. He arrived to my office inshock, half dead already, it was as if the news had already sucked up most of the life in his body, I acknowledge his pain, his overwhelming fear, the confusion, he hardly could  articulate a word, he was siting there, his body collapsed in a  state of utter hopelessness , I felt so much compassion, he looked like a hip of

and I asked him to get confortable and tell me about times where he felt awesome, when he felt the healthiest, most powerful, most in shape, when he felt he could do anything,

after few seconds of a vacant look in his eyes all of the  sudden ,instantly his whole physiology changed , his eyes light up, he almost jumped up and sat strait all of the sudden, his muscles got some more tone

he started to tell me about a football match he was playing one particular Sunday morning with the boys of Sunday school few years before, when he felt that in spite of being 30 he felt he could play better than the teen agers , he felt on top of the world, his legs strong as a panther crossing across the playing field, his feet masterfully dominating the ball, , his reflexes working with laser precision, his heart pumping blood with any fatigue, his mind  cool leading tactically and the body responding as one ,as he wes describing some of the feats  of this peak experience for him, he was recovering the color in his chicks, his body was getting more erect on the chair as he got so much into it, after 5m he looked like a different men  than the one I greeted minutes before, his voice sounded different , all about him was different, I pointed this to him, and simoly asked to notice, what felt  diferent in his body , and sure enough he shared that it felt like life came back oll of the sudden, he felt le legs strong, the chest open, the neck getting ready to hit the ball with the head, he felt the excitement all over, the breath was powerfull, the energy rush, he was pushing  the arms of the chair he was seating  as on take off, I thought he was going to get up and show me right there some of his athletic prowess, when he realized he was in my office and maybe not in a bar with his mates,  and he said, oh my God, I feel so alive, how can this be possible, where all this energy came from?  I feel I can do anything, how can this be?  5m ago I harly could make it into your office and now I fell like I just had one of those downloadings you see in the movie Matrix¡ .

I silently noded in agreement, and only said, yes , this is the power of your mind, amazing, isn’t it

He looked at me in disbelieve, this experience got him so much by surprise, and was so undeniable, that set up firmly the foundation of our work.

He new , we don’t have the ultimate control over our lives, but now he was totally willing to make the best of whatever was left, long life, short life, didn’t matter, he was committed to be fully alive, perfectly healthy  he could see he could learn to use the power of the mindbody unity to create the healthiest happiest persona he could and he was committed to it.


Published by Edivia Navarro

Psycho-oncologist. Cancer Guide. Director & CEO of IDEITA. Institut for the Developpment, Education and Investigation in the Alexander Tecnique .Director of TRANSFORM-ACCION

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