Meditation Has Many Benefits for Patients With Cancer

Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, Donna Wilson, RN, MSN, RRT, and Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE


Meditation is a healing practice that involves focusing attention, regulating breathing, and developing a nonjudgmental awareness of one’s thoughts and feelings. It aims to improve emotional regulation and overall well-being. Data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey indicate that 18 million adults and 927,000 childrenpractice meditation. Meditation encompasses repeating words with phonetic significance as in mantrammeditation; paying attention or continually returning to the present moment as in mindfulness meditation; or practicing specific movements as in tai chi and qigong.

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