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Cancer center employee praises stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation: 'My blood pressure has gone down'
by Bob Roth
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12 October 2012
At the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center in Bakersfield, California, many employees have learned Transcendental Meditation as part of a companywide wellness program offered by the center's director, oncologist Ravi Patel, M.D., to counteract the intense physical and emotional stress of their work.
See Part I of this article: TM helps cancer treatment center health providers overcome stress.
Following are comments from Laura Stevenson, Registered Occupational Therapist:
''I had heard about TM and read about its benefits. I thought it would really help me (and that) it would help patients deal with stress. . . .''
''The first time (I practiced TM) was like an epiphany. It was, 'Wow, I didn't know I could feel quite this relaxed.' It was very, very nice. . . .
''My blood pressure has definitely gone down. I sleep better, much better when I meditate twice a day. It's a non-pharmaceutical way to deal with stress. I think everyone should do it. You know, stress relief, every single person could benefit from this and it's easy.''
Global Good News will feature more reflections by health professionals at the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center about the reduced stress and increased emotional balance they have found through practicing Transcendental Meditation.
Ms Stevenson's comments are featured on a seven-minute video documenting the positive impact the program has had on the whole atmosphere at the Center:
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