By Nikita Mehta
When my partner was first diagnosed with colon cancer, I didn't want to believe it. How could this happen? We are both yoga teachers; we eat healthy; we don't smoke or do drugs; he doesn't have a familial history of colon cancer; he is only 45.
At first, I looked for something external to blame. Was it the traffic in LA? Was it the water? Did I cause this?
It was easy to blame myself, by this point 3 of my closest friends had died of cancer in a span of 3 years. I was losing someone every calendar year. My system was in shock.
And then, the day after surgeons removed all of my partner's sigmoid process, I was invited to a film festival in LA to cover The Road to Dharma. I rushed out to grab the director, Adam Schomer after the showing and he told me about a film of his that would be opening in SF the following week.
When I first saw HEAL, my partner was in the throes of post cancer treatment, but we had been told that chemo was off the table. The first viewing was cathartic. It validated all of the alternative therapies that we had tried. It took self-blame off the table. It allowed me to focus on the power of intention.
But the second time that I saw HEAL was after the digital download was released. My partner and I sat in bed, in the comfort of our own home, with the ability to pause and comment, and took our time watching each moment of this film. It was the first time he had seen the film; the first time he watched experts from around the world talk about the power that we carry in our minds to heal our bodies.
"If your thoughts can make you sick, is it possible that your thoughts can help you heal?" We paused the movie after Dr. Joe Dispenza made this comment. This film had pushed us into the first staged of post-cancer healing. Our thoughts, our intentions, our bodily prayer in the days and weeks after the surgery would impact what the long-term prognosis would be. I think intuitively, the both of us always knew this. But, to see something stated in such a profound way by experts like Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson, gave clout to our beliefs.
Maybe you know someone who is suffering from cancer, or depression, or some unknown ailment that has yet to be named. Or a reason to cuddle up with someone and have a real conversation. Or maybe you just really want to understand that power of your own mind. Whatever your reason, this movie will change your life.
CHANGE YOUR MIND. CHANGE YOUR BODY. CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
HEAL is available now for rent, download or purchase here.
Join us for the screening of HEAL at Yoga Flow Ocean this Friday night. More info here.