The first day of June marked National Cancer Survivors Day, an occasion for celebrating those who have survived this disease. But it also serves as a reminder of the importance of inspiring those who have been recently diagnosed with cancer through family support, community outreach and stories of strength and healing. As a voice for holistic healing, Ilchi Lee, has helped many people find hope and courage to fight for their health, and he encourages his readers to comfort those in need support during such difficult times.
As Ilchi Lee tells his readers, "[T]hose who know how to comfort themselves can comfort others, and their heart is big enough to comfort the world."
People don't need extensive training to show compassion and provide solace to someone who is afraid in the face of cancer – or any other devastating situation. Knowing how to praise and comfort yourself is key. Find your own strengths, appreciate your own potential and remind yourself everyday that you love yourself and are capable of anything you put your mind to. Once you are at peace with yourself and understand your infinite value in this world, you can open your heart up to the people around you. In fact, in his book "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential," Ilchi Lee explains the importance of understanding your role and what's really important in the whole scheme of things: absolute values.
"When you find the absolute values, you are important to this world because you know what is important," he wrote. "Those who know what is truly important are helpful to this world, because they won't put their personal concerns before what is important to all."
You can put your personal values aside and help others through community service. Volunteer at a hospital or cancer treatment center to provide emotional support for those who have been recently diagnosed. If you've survived cancer (or are close with someone who has) share your experience. You might talk with cancer patients about what you or your loved one went through, write an article and publish it in the local paper or author a blog to provide hope and inspiration for those in need of emotional and spiritual support.