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What is Meditation?

Meditation is a mind-body practice that can help you relax and access a deeper awareness through connecting your mind, body and heart. Although meditation methods can vary, most types share common features including focused attention, regulation of breathing and managing thoughts and feelings that come to mind. Meditation has been offered as part of the Integrative Medicine Program’s Mind-Body-Spirit practices for over 15 years.

Meditation and Cancer Care

Research shows mind-body practices, such as meditation, have a positive effect on all systems in our body. Meditation and mind-body practices affect neurotransmitters, which are essential in maintaining a healthy balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic arousal, therefore, helping manage our hard-wired “fight-or-flight” response to stressful events. You will learn to relax and access a deeper awareness by connecting your mind, body and heart through meditation.

Meditation may help:

  • Decrease anxiety and negative emotions
  • Improve sleep
  • Improve memory and cognitive function
  • Increase spiritual awareness and sense of well-being
  • Regulate blood pressure and relax the body

The Integrative Medicine Center offers free Tibetan Bon meditation classes, practicing with breath and with sounds, as well as other meditation practices to connect your mind, body and heart. Classes are held in groups at the Mays Clinic location.

You can also schedule an individual meditation consultation at the clinic. In this session, you will be taught techniques that you can practice in everyday life.

For both settings no previous experience with meditation is required.


For individual appointments please ask your M D Anderson physician or nurse to submit an online consultation request.

For more information:

Group classes calendar is featured in our monthly newsletter.

You may also visit our Integrative Medicine Program website to obtain recent information on research and topics related to integrative medicine.

Meditation Resources

Request an Appointment

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The Integrative Medicine Center and its services are available to all current MD Anderson patients.

To request an appointment:

  • Call 713-794-4700
  • Online
  • Ask your MD Anderson physician or nurse to submit an internal request

Newsletter/Group Classes Calendar


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