Taking into consideration the various benefits that a meditation practice holds, one of the biggest is its ability to help people disengage from the incessant negative and fearful thoughts that many find running uncontrollably through their heads. And when it comes to those individuals battling cancer, separating from fear and negativity could mean the difference between life and death.
According to this latest Daily News And Analysis post, a recent study from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre found that woman undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer who participated in yoga, meditation, and breathing and stretching exercises experienced an increase in both physical and mental health.
While simple stretching exercises improved fatigue, patients who participated in yoga that incorporated yogic breathing, postures, meditation and relaxation techniques into their treatment plan experienced improved physical functioning, better general health and lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels. They also were better able to find meaning in their cancer experience.
Read more on how meditation and yoga is helping women to cope with breast cancer here.