Being Gentle

“…the greatest strength is in gentleness.” –Leon Shenandoah, ONONDAGA

Eagle with Emerson quote

Our Elders have taught us many lessons about becoming a Warrior and how to think and act like one. We have been told about the power of gentleness. We have been told about the power of the stillness. Physical power is about effort. Mental power is the opposite. It’s about being effortless or less any effort. Gentleness is one of the greatest attributes of the Warrior and one of the greatest mental powers. It takes a lot of love to be gentle. Gentleness is not an ego word. Gentleness is the weapon of the Great Spirit.

My Creator, today I will be gentle with myself and with others. I will listen to the whisper of my heart and learn the power of being gentle.
– From the book: Meditations with Native American Elders: The Four Seasons, by Don L. Cohis.

When you are going through cancer treatments, your emotions are chaotic at times. You worry. You wonder if you did something wrong. You start living in “What if”. What if I did this? What if I didn’t do that? What if… What if… And this type of thinking can get us to kicking ourselves. We beat ourselves up and it can get the better of us, sigh.

When you’re going through cancer, it is so important for you to take care of yourself, and to treat yourself with kind words. To be gentle with yourself. This will be hard at times I know, there will be moments where we are just too overcome with emotions to be gentle with yourself and this IS A-OK. Honor your feelings, dust yourself off, and put one foot in front of the other. You got this. You are going through a lot and cancer treatments are already beating you up so you don’t need to help it ok? 😉

Please do things that make you feel peaceful and strong. Slow down, be good to yourself, you have a lot on your plate right now.

I wish you strength, wellness and peace. 


Caring for Yourself – National Cancer Institute

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