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At a conference several years ago, psychologist Catherine Phillips heard the Dalai Lama say, “The single most important thing you can do for healing is to cultivate a warm heart.”

“That’s it!” she thought. That one sentence captured what she had learned in more than 15 years of working with cancer patients and their families through the Healing Journey, a program that helps people cope with cancer.

In this book, Dr. Phillips brings the intimacy of a support group into the reader’s private world. She teaches simple yet effective techniques to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and shares real-life stories from patients about their own experiences through the ups and downs of cancer.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Is this book for you?
1. The troubled mind
2. Calming your mind
3. Five techniques to calm your mind and body
4. The troubled heart
5. Warming the troubled heart
6. Five techniques to open and warm your heart
7. Caregivers
8. Living with advanced cancer

Dr. Catherine Phillips

Catherine Phillips, EdD, CPsych, is a psychologist with an interest in cancer care in both clinical and research settings. For over 15 years, she has been associated with the Healing Journey Program, which helps people cope more effectively with cancer and to live more fully in personally meaningful ways. A former contributor on health and wellness issues for Chatelaine magazine, she leads relaxation and support groups at Wellspring Centres in the Toronto area.