What Were You Thinking?

Category: Spiritual Direction

Do you believe that your thoughts create your reality? That what you think about you bring about? While what you think does have significance, I believe that there is more to the story.

Daily Miracles

Category: Spiritual Direction

When diagnosed with an illness, one might easily pray for the miracle in the form of a cure. If all I focused on was this miracle, I might have missed out on all the daily miracles in my life.

The Thick of Things

Category: Spiritual Direction

Navigating through cancer is at times like being on a path that is overgrown. Which path do I take when everything is overgrown and feels unfamiliar?

Life on Life's Terms

Category: Spiritual Direction

This is a reflection on Robert Ohotto's question, "Can you accept life on Life's terms?"

My Life is a _____Journey

Category: Spiritual Direction

If life is a journey, what kind of journey are you on? 

Just Keep Paddling

Category: Spiritual Direction

I can harness the wind, but I cannot change its force or direction. I can accept my fate, while I co-create my destiny. Is the diagnosis of cancer my fate combined with my destiny? It feels like I am paddling into the wind. 

Who is Answering?

Category: Spiritual Direction

November 2012 I was in New York City, attending Robert Holden's Success course. A cancer diagnosis in 2020 has left me wondering once again, what being successful really means to me. Guided to re-listen his audio book, Authentic Success, I heard the question, "What do you want?" My response this time was, "It all depends on who in me is answering?"

It's Not Personal

Category: Spiritual Direction

Many people were as surprised about me being diagnosed with cancer as I was. Perhaps it was because if it could happen to me, it could happen to them. That was how I felt by the death of Laura Harris. She was just fifty-three (my age now). She was active and outgoing. It was her death almost 12 years ago, that taught me not to wait to live life. She also taught me to swim better, helping me to make it through the 1.5 km half-ironman swim. How does someone not take cancer personally, when it has so much potential to lead to death? 

Wrestling with Uncertainty

Category: Spiritual Direction

"What is your relationship with uncertainty?" Personally, I have spent the past year wrestling with life's uncertainties.  Not just because of the global pandemic, but because I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in early February 2020. 

by Wendy D Bowen