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[MOL] Meditation Gains Ground in Hospitals

A Therapy Gains Ground in Hospitals: Meditation
    [11/23/99; New York Times (Free Registration Required)]

As her meditation session drew to a close, Mary Bryant found it
difficult to get up from her chair. Not only was it hard to break 
the calming spell cast by her instructor, but Ms. Bryant was still 
stiff from running the New York City Marathon and pushing, for the 
whole 26 miles, a flower-strewed wheelchair dedicated to a late 
friend and fellow breast cancer patient. 

Finally, the tall, slender Ms. Bryant summoned her resolve and managed
to stand while repeating her teacher's suggested thought, "I am here
now." She added her own twist, "I am here now, and I am cancer free." 

It seemed a fitting mantra for the inaugural meditation class at
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's new Integrative Medicine Service in 
Manhattan, where patients can also get massages, acupuncture, 
nutritional advice and a crack at playing Tibetan bowls. 

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