Enhancing Well-Being in the Present Moment for Cancer Patients
ABOUT THIS GROUP
Mindfulness Meditation is a secular practice that actively facilitates the mind/body connection by cultivating present moment awareness, without judgment. In hospitals and clinical settings throughout the country, it has been proven to effectively enhance health and well-being with people experiencing stress, pain, anxiety, depression and/or illness, such as cancer. This group will provide a foundational experience of mindfulness, within a supportive group setting. It is designed for individuals who have or have had cancer, with the aim to reduce cancer-related stresses while enhancing the quality of one’s life. Each session includes guided mindfulness meditation experiences, sharing and education.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is being present with your moment-to-moment experience as it is arising, on purpose, without judgment. With mindfulness we develop a quality of kind awareness that can be present no matter what is happening. This cultivates peace, ease and balance in our lives as we learn to recognize that it is not so much what is happening, but more about how we respond. All too often, we are mindlessly driven by and lost in thoughts preoccupied on the past or the future, which only leads to states of poor mental and physical health. Through mindfulness, we experience that it is only in the present moment that we actually live our lives, fully, truly and deeply.
Benefits for Cancer Patients
- Improved quality of life and overall outlook, even with cancer.
- Stress Reduction
- Decrease in “Mind Wandering” and other maladaptive mental patterns that lead to anxiety and depression
- Mind/Body Connection and enhanced immune function
Lisa LaCorte-Kring, LCSW, began mindfulness meditation with Diana Winston at MARC at UCLA over four years ago. She is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and leads groups throughout Los Angeles, mainly with individuals coping with cancer.
10:30am – 12:00pm
Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 502
Los Angeles, CA 90095-6934
For more information, or to enroll, please call the Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology at 310-794-6644 or email SimmsMannCenter@mednet.ucla.edu.