Meditation 201: Softening the Heart (Memorial Sloan Kettering)


  • Bendheim Center for Integrative Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering 1429 1st Avenue New York, NY, 10021 United States

6 Mondays, 1-2:30pm

June 5-July 17, skipping July 3

What This Course Will Teach You

Meditation 201: Softening the Heart is a six-week course designed to build upon practices introduced in Meditation 101.

Each class will explore a different topic. Topics may include: lovingkindness, self-compassion, joy, gratitude, and forgiveness. The practices we will be exploring in this course help us to cultivate qualities of mind and heart that reduce stress, build resiliency and flexibility, and improve wellbeing. The course teaches meditation techniques, practices, and tools that will support you in cultivating a personal meditation practice that you can carry with you throughout your day.

How The Course Is Structured

At least one new meditation practice will be introduced every week. During class there will be time for discussion about the meditation practice and how to apply it to daily life.

You will be asked to meditate on your own for 10-20 minutes per day and to jot down observations in a daily practice journal. The home practice is meant to support you. You will get more benefit out of the course if you practice consistently on your own. You will be given printed meditation instructions to support your home practice.

This is a group class with a maximum of 10 participants. It will be conducted in English.

Wear comfortable clothing. You may choose to sit in a chair or to use our cushions or yoga mats.

Who Is This Class For?

Graduates of the Meditation 101 course offered at MSK.

Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and staff.

Those who have not completed Meditation 101 but have a regular meditation practice of at least 2 months may also enroll.

Contact The Instructor If…

If you have not taken Meditation 101, but have a meditation practice and would like to enroll, please email one of the instructors (listed below) to introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your experience with meditation.

If you have a hearing impairment, severe depression or anxiety, PTSD, or are living with or recently recovered from a substance use disorder, please contact the instructor so we can determine if participating would be appropriate at this time.

Questions?  Please contact the instructor:

Emily Herzlin                herzline@mskcc.org

To register call (212) 639-2000