Mindfulness meditation is the practice of being in the present moment. We have found that cancer patients as well as their loved ones can experience moments of feeling overwhelmed, of fear, and of discouragement. There are times of internal racing, of difficulty sleeping, of projecting into an unknown future which can be exhausting!
Our experience in teaching mindfulness meditation is that it helps us to slow down, to breathe, to deal with just what is present in the moment. Listed below are several resources that you may wish to explore.
Links and Resources:
- Penn Program for Mindfulness: https://www.pennmedicine.org/for-patients-and-visitors/find-a-program-or-service/mindfulness/about-us/team
- Programs at the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center: https://www.cfmhome.org/
- Meditation and Mindfulness-Based Tools for Living held throughout Philadelphia. Contact Tali Ben-Josef for referral or questions: Phone 248-515-4966
- Private mindfulness training held throughout the Philadelphia region. Contact Diane Reibel, PhD, Director of the Mindfulness Institute of Jefferson, for referral or questions: Phone 215-955-1376 ; MBSR@jefferson.edu
- Tools for Mindfulness: A Six Week Course on Meditation and Mindful Living. Contact Michelle Stortz for more information and to register. 215-242-1366. Tools for Mindfulness
- Gratitude Meditation handout is a short meditation on gratitude.
As people who are impacted by cancer, we find ourselves at times needing to limit our social connections. This is may be a result of lack of energy, treatment symptoms, concerns about germs. This can cause anxiety, stress, loneliness, and frustration.
There are a lot of free teachings, practices, and other resources being shared online by compassionate teachers and organizations. Here, we aim to keep an updated list for you. There is great variety in the resources listed below. Not all will be right for you, so check them out, and explore what you find helpful.
May you find all the forms of support that you need to take care of yourself, your loved ones, and your community.
Free Mindfulness Resources to Find Calm and Nourish Resilience During the COVID Outbreak — Mindful
Whether you’re looking for live guided meditations connecting you to others, a quick practice to help you find your ground, or a free course on how to meditate, here’s how the Mindful community is coming together to serve in the days and weeks ahead.
Resilience in Challenging Times, A Care Package — Sounds True
Daily video sessions, webinars, live group meditations & meetups, and other free digital resources. Regularly updated with new offerings.
Live Online Practice Sessions — Tricycle
Join teachers Jack Kornfield, Pema Chödrön, Sharon Salzberg, and others for a free series of live-stream meditations to help ease anxiety amid our social-distancing efforts
Being Resilient During Coronavirus — Dr. Rick Hanson
A short video message, guided practice, 45 minute podcast episode, weekly Live sessions, and other resources.
Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus — Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley
Practices, resources, and articles for individuals, parents, and educators facing COVID-19.
Free Resources for the Global Health Crisis — Shambhala Publications
Free ebooks, an online course, and lots of free videos from Shambhala Pubs authors, including Pema Chödrön.
Coronavirus Sanity Guide — Dan Harris / Ten Percent Happier
Daily live practice sessions w/ Q&A, plus podcasts, blog posts, meditations and talks.
4 Live Meditation Gatherings Each Day — Open Heart Project / Susan Piver
15-20 Minute sit followed by a discussion to share our hopes, fears, ideas, and predicaments
Pandemic Care Resources — Tara Brach
A wealth of talks and guided practices, including some specific to the pandemic, as well as a free half-day home retreat. Tara also leads a weekly class each Wednesday night at 7:30 eastern time live on Facebook and Youtube.
How to Work with Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic — NICABM
Three therapists share ways to help clients reduce anxiety and find some relief from ruminating thoughts.
Healthy Minds Program – Free Mindfulness App — Dr. Richard Davidson / Center for Healthy Minds
Neuroscience-backed meditation app / training program. By donation.
Live Online Meditation Teachings and Community Gathering — Boulder Shambhala Center
Nightly live dharma talks & meditation sessions, plus a variety of weekly offerings and special programs including BIPOC Meditation Collective, and Learn to Meditate class. Plus, a COVID-19 Support & Process Group if offered every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday Noon–1PM MDT: Click here to join via Zoom.
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche message on COVID-19 outbreak — Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche shares his thoughts on the coronavirus outbreak around the world and offers an inspiring message to all those learning to live with awareness, compassion, and wisdom.
Creating a Home Retreat: Finding Freedom Wherever You Are — Tara Brach
A heartfelt message from Tara Brach in response to the coronavirus pandemic, guidelines and advice for creating a home retreat, and a link to a free half-day program (below)
Free Half-Day At-Home Mindfulness Retreat — Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield / Sounds True
The material is divided into three segments of approximately 45 minutes each. With the scheduled breaks and walking meditation sessions, you will need a little more than three hours to complete this retreat.
Guided Compassion Meditation For Anxiety — Ethan Nichtern
A practice and contemplation about what you can do for yourself and others during this time of pandemic and social distancing.
Free Mindfulness Apps Worthy of Your Attention — Mindful
Recommendations and reviews of five free meditation apps.