Anyone who has spent time in the outdoors has likely heard the adage, "If you're lost, stay put." When we stop mindlessly wandering around for a moment, we let our minds and bodies naturally become still and aware of our surroundings. In this frame of awareness we can allow ourselves to sit with whatever it is we're facing until we decide what's next. The same thing can happen when we feel lost in life, like many adolescent and young adults with cancer do as they embark on the journey from treatment back into the lives they once knew.
When we "stay put" in this way we often notice and experience more profoundly what's happening around and inside of us almost as if we were observing or experiencing it for the very first time, like a beginner. Literally and figuratively we come to our "senses" and begin to truly experience our world while its actually happening in the present moment. And there's something inherently good for our minds, bodies, and overall health when we attend to things in this special way. These aren't our ideas, but rather the fabric of an ancient contemplative practice called mindfulness, which is a way of paying attention to our present moments in an awakened, engaged, compassionate and nonjudgmental way. It's "staying put" with whatever we're experiencing and not trying to change it in any way.