Meditation for Cancer Survivors (and anyone else!)
Meditation is a wonderful, easy, and free way to slow down, reduce stress, and promote healing and health. It has proven especially helpful to cancer patients and survivors. It does not have to be a part of a spiritual practice and requires no belief system. Extensive research over decades has uncovered the numerous physiological benefits of a regular meditation practice: improves sleep, relieves nausea, boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure and cortisol, reduces stress, fatigue, pain, and anxiety. Regular meditation can also lead to healthy behavior choices and has been shown to slow aging by increasing telomere enzymes. It can also help to expand self awareness.
In this series of four, 60-80 minute workshops, you will learn many different styles of mediation and practice them all. The goal will be to find several techniques that you can draw upon to build a regular practice that is enjoyable and beneficial. There are many gateways to meditation, sound, motion, darkness, the sense of smell, etc. We will explore many. The meetings will take place at Destination Health in Bar Harbor on the following Friday’s in March from 1:30-3 on 3/1, 8, 15 and 29. NO CLASS ON 3/22! There will be no charge for the workshop, and although offered with the cancer community in mind, all are welcome.
Richard Parker is an 11+ year survivor of cancer and has been meditating since 1971. This workshop series is being offered in collaboration with the Beth Wright Cancer Center of Ellsworth. He is trained in Mindfulness, Transcendental, Shamanic, and Tantric meditation techniques and has been teaching meditation and yoga for the last 6 years.