Welcome to my website! A short introduction in English to www.mindfulsurvivor.com

“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive“
Thich Nhat Hanh

Das Bild zeigt den Autor. Er lächelt in die KameraWelcome to my website!

I am happy that you found or came across this page. Maybe you are living with a difficult illness yourself or even perhaps some form of cancer, or maybe you’re supporting a friend or loved one. Perhaps you’re feeling completely well on all physical, psychological and mental levels. Maybe you’re somewhere in between these polarities.

My name is Lukas, a guy living in Vienna, Austria. In April 2015 I was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer. On this website I want to share some of my experiences and learning with you and the world.

The above quote is from the Buddhist monk, Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. It illustrates brilliantly what this page is about. To experience joy, happiness, meaning and healing in the here and now, regardless of your life situation or circumstances.

Since April 2016 I have been in remission – completely cancer free. I just go to the hospital for regular check ups with an Oncologist. I have never felt happier, healthier and more free in my life!

The structure of this site

As you can see I divided the website into several main categories. As for now I will post all English articles into this „English“ section as blog articles. Some articles will be of introductory nature,some will deal with my story as a cancer patient and my recovery, some are resources and some I call lessons. I’ll always put the right category and tags with each article, so you can find all “resources” or “about” articles when you click on these categories.

Articles with the category “About” are of an introductory nature. I wanted to share something about me, my ideas on creating this website and also to give some thoughts and my reflections on how this website can be read.

In the articles with the category “My story” I’d like to share what happened with and to me during and after my treatment. So I’ll focus on my recovery phase – and where I stand at present.

The articles with the category „Resources“ are the centerpiece of this website. It is about practical things, methods, philosophies, books, and practices that were useful for me in dealing with my illness and getting fit and healthy again. The resources are split again into the five categories: Holistic Medicine; Meditation & Mindfulness; Psyche & Spirit; Body and Community.

In the „Lectures“ section I want to share the discoveries and learning that are more of a spiritual or philosophical nature. Many have been really enriching in my life. Whilst it is more abstract and conceptual than the resources, it is also fascinating and important. I would go as far as to say that some spiritual realisations have saved my life and have been absolutely life enhancing for me.

Then there is a large collection of links, literature, and materials and a contact page. Later I will also create another blog section, where I will post articles and thoughts about things that are on my mind or about healing in the context of our society.

Some comments on language

Language is a central element to communication and, in my opinion, just a beautiful thing. I try to write the articles and this page in such a way that they are understandable and meaningful for as many people as possible. Whether something especially resonates with you, or doesn’t come across at all, I will be thrilled to receive your feedback.

One particularly beautiful treasure of humankind is that there are so many languages. If you are interested in translating this website or an article into another language, please get in touch with me

I am aware that not everyone can understand ‘standard’ or difficult English. If there are people who have knowledge about simple language and are interested to translate some texts into simple English, please do also get in touch!

On this website I have tried to use language that is gender-inclusive. I want to reflect the reality that there are more genders than just male and female. I want to support transgender and intersex people and those who identify as non-binary.

As cancer survivor, it is my intention that all people have equal access to healthcare. If a society constantly tells people that they do not or should not exist, then this is both a great threat to health and enables violence and discrimination. By using inclusive language, I want to express my support for gender and sexual diversity and the rights of trans* and intersex* people. If you would like further information on these issues, the following hyperlinks may be of interest:
Transequality.org
interactadvocates.org
we are intersexy – video

Welcome again – I wish you all the best for your journey

A big thank you to Bruce Guthrie for proofreading this article!

 


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