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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Breast Cancer Meets Mindfulness: Surrendering to Life by Cheryl Wilfong demonstrates the author's approach when being diagnosed with breast cancer in her mid-sixties, showing how she applied her Buddhist studies and Buddhist meditation practice to get through that difficult phase of her life with calmness. The author's faith in a Higher Power when it came to dealing with her illness is uplifting and encouraging to many readers, especially to those who are dealing with illnesses in their lives. The book gives good insights into aging, disease, and death and will give readers the courage to get down to the business of living their precious life.
It is a good book to read to understand mindfulness, and it makes tethering the mind to the present moment easy. The author's attitude towards life and difficulties is worth appreciating and will help readers look at their difficulties in a positive way. Acceptance, openness towards life just as it is, and surrendering to life or letting go as it is called in Buddhism are important to ease stress. Her approach to her illness is inspiring and her honesty and straightforwardness while sharing it with readers is heartwarming. It is a simple memoir laced with spiritual undertones and highlights the author's faith in the Buddhist principles of life. Her words will motivate readers to make positive changes in their lives, make them more resilient, and practice nonjudgmental awareness. The book will help readers who are battling cancer and other illnesses to avoid being a victim of their illness. It promotes the idea of victory over cancer and how to become a thriving survivor.