The Value of Meditation
Meditation is a mind and body practice that utilizes concentration, reflection and mental flexibility to relax the body and calm the mind. It requires that we clear out our muddled thoughts and allow our minds a moment of complete tranquility. Practicing daily meditation can have a variety of positive effects on your mental health and improve your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Different types of meditation are dedicated to managing various components of your wellbeing. For example mindful meditation encourages you to be fully present in the moment, to not allow lingering or passing thoughts to be a distraction. Focused meditation is a great way to initiate the practice of meditation into your lifestyle because it gives you the opportunity to learn how to control your thoughts through singular concentration. It also helps to increase mental alertness, efficiency, and focus.
At the Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, we offer support groups that provide ways for patients touched by cancer to utilize and practice meditation in their daily lives. Our Mindfulness Meditation group is designed for individuals who have or have had cancer, with the intention to reduce cancer related stresses while enhancing the quality of life. Each session includes guided mindfulness meditation experiences, as well as sharing and education. Our Meditation: Guided Imagery for Inner Healing group is designed to optimize emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Specifically through utilizing mind and body techniques such as guided imagery, music, color, and movement to reduce stress and promote balance and healing.
Adding meditation into your lifestyle is easy to initiate. It can be as simple as going for a walk and finding a calm and relatively quiet place to sit down. Allowing yourself a moment to be at peace with your thoughts. The advantages of practicing daily or even weekly meditation are unlimited. Research studies show that individuals who regularly practice meditation display an improvement in mental focus, an increase in self-awareness and a boost in physical health and wellness.
For more information on our meditation support groups or to sign up, call the Center at (310) 794 – 6644. For resources on the benefits of meditation, visit the American Cancer Society’s resource page by clicking here.