Join us by reading one chapter per week of our book The Healing Circle which includes inspiring true stories and teaching from the ‘Skills for Healing’ Cancer Weekend Retreats. Each week we will post the next chapter of our book, links to related video, and a blog about the chapter. Learn about recent scientific advances in the body-mind-spirit connection, updates of the people featured in our book, and our reflections on each chapter. Read the whole book for free by accessing the previous blog posts. Please send us your comments and questions! Deep peace and healing, Rob Rutledge, MD and Timothy Walker, PhD.
Table of Contents:
Before the Beginning: Read this one first
Chapter One: My Healing Journey
Chapter Two: Setting an Intention to Heal
Chapter Three: What is Healing?
Chapter Four: Opening Circle
Chapter Five: Andrew: Opening a Door to a New Life
Chapter Six: Complete Cancer Care, Part 1
Chapter Seven: Marie – Riding the Wind and Waves
Chapter Eight: Empowering the Body
Chapter Nine: Karen – Accepting and Aspiring
Chapter Ten: Settling the Mind
Chapter Eleven: Bonnie – Learning to Paddle My Own Kayak
Chapter Twelve: The Raisin Eating Meditation
Chapter Thirteen: Coming Home to Your Body, Mindful Breath and Body Scan
Chapter Fourteen: Cathy – Learning to Listen to Myself
Chapter Fifteen: Why Meditate?
Chapter Sixteen: Miracles Can Happen
Chapter Seventeen: How to Meditate
Chapter Eighteen: My Meditation Practice
Chapter Nineteen: Talking about Stress
Chapter Twenty: Practicing the Relaxation Response in the Chaos of Life
Chapter Twenty-one: Pam – Just Being Me
Chapter Twenty-two: Reframing Distressing Thoughts
Chapter Twenty-three: Reframing “I Can’t Do It”
Chapter Twenty-four: Geoff – Trading in his Hockey Stick for a Walking Stick
Chapter Twenty-five: Reframing for the Cancer Hero
Timothy Walker Ph.D. is a mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist living in Halifax Nova Scotia with 35 years experience integrating mindfulness into counselling, education and healthcare. He is co-author of the The Healing Circle: integrating science, wisdom and compassion in reclaiming wholeness on the cancer journey and co-founded with Dr Rob Rutledge the Healing and Cancer Foundation. He designed and has taught with Dr. Rutledge the Skills for Healing Weekend Retreats for people living with cancer and their family members 49 times since 1999 in 26 cities across North America. He has taught at Dalhousie University, Acadia University, and Mount St. Vincent University as well as hundreds of workshops, seminars and retreats Internationally. A student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1979, he received both an MA and Ph.D. in the psychology of meditation. In his private practice, The Healing Circle, Timothy sees individuals, couples and families and is open to distant consultations.
Dr. Rob Rutledge is a Radiation Oncologist in Halifax, Nova Scotia, specializing in breast, prostate and pediatric cancers. He is also an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University.
In 1999, Rob co-created the ‘Skills for Healing’ Cancer Weekend Retreats. These weekend support groups teach a powerful and integrated approach to the cancer diagnosis and ways to heal at levels of body, mind and spirit. To date, more than 1,600 people have attended the retreats in over 20 cities across Canada and abroad.
Rob also leads the Healing and Cancer Foundation, a Registered Charity, that freely offers educational videos, documentaries, and webcasting seminars – and he is co-author of a book called The Healing Circle, which captures the teachings and inspirational stories from the weekend retreats.
In 2010, Rob received Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Award for Excellence in Patient Care and, in 2006 Doctors Nova Scotia presented him with the Health Promotion Award in recognition of his contribution to physician health and health promotion in cancer patients.