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About Meditation and Mindfulness

Meditation is a mind body practice that has long been used to help produce a sense of calm and relaxation. Meditation may help patients cope with illness and enhance overall health and well-being. The practice of meditation involves finding quiet time and place free from distraction. You will need to sit comfortably. In the beginning of your practice, you learn to relax your body, concentrate on your breath and quiet your mind. Quieting your mind is the challenge. The challenge during meditation is not to be caught in the mind's wandering, and not to judge your thoughts.


Mindfulness is the ability to bring present moment awareness into all the activities of daily living, while experiencing these same benefits. Cultivating a regular practice of meditation may bring you to a new level of mindfulness in everyday life. Mindful awareness helps us to understand the mind and its relationship to the body and spirit. Paying attention to everyday experiences like eating, or walking, or being in nature can provide us with great joy and satisfaction, if we can learn to practice this skill in a moment-to-moment way.

Patricia Martin Arcari, PhD, RN, AHN-BC

Dr. Patricia Arcari is the Program Manager for Meditation and Mindfulness at the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), and a Visiting Scholar at Boston College, where she has created novel meditation, mindfulness, and Mind Body Resilience programming for patients, staff, and students. She is also responsible for the design and implementation of the DFCI Reiki Volunteer Program. She received her PHD and undergraduate degrees from the Boston College School of Nursing, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Boston University. Previously, she was a Program Director at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, and a Nurse Scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is board certified as an advanced holistic nurse, a clinical nurse specialist in Integrative nursing, and has been involved in practicing Holistic Nursing for over 20 years in clinical, training, and research capacities. Her areas of research interest include Reiki, mindfulness meditation, and developing resilience.

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