Meditation was developed as an ancient Eastern practice, yet it can transform your fast-paced “modern life.”  Since 500 B.C., the time of Buddha, who is considered “one of history’s major proponents of meditation,” (meditationcenter.com) this practice has spread and western studies have shown substantial physiological and psychological benefits.  Meditation encourages a relaxed state, with a focus on deep breathing and clearing your mind of the chatter that may snowball on stressful and busy days.

According to Mayo Clinic meditation may help manage symptoms related to:

1- Anxiety and Depression

2- Cancer

3- Heart Disease

4- High Blood Pressure

5- Pain

6- Sleep Disorders

Other testimonials from practicing meditators show an increase in:

7- Connection to self and others

8- Creative thought

9- Inner Peace and Vitality

Ready to experience how Meditation may transform you?  Learn a variety of Meditation Practices in a trusting environment with amazing Meditation Leaders by attending Above and Beyond Cancer’s Meditation and Mindfulness Class on Monday nights at 4:45 pm to 5:20 pm at the Wellmark YMCA, Des Moines, IA.  This class is free and open to the public, including cancer survivors, caregivers and YMCA members.   For more information contact mary@aboveandbeyondcancer.org

 

Additional Resources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/meditation/in-depth/meditation/art-20045858#header

Mary Van Heukelom
Program Director

Mary Van Heukelom is a Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer who trains, educates and coaches cancer survivors to reduce the chance of relapse, through holistic personal wellness programs addressing all aspects of healthy living.

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