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Fighting Cancer with Singing Bowls and Yogic Chants

The bowls bring me into my body and make me feel that I am part of this infinite universe.

Illustration Credit: Tibetan Singing Bowl by Elena Ray

Back in 2003, I wrote a story for this magazine on the remarkable healing and pain relief made possible with the chanting of age-old scripture and sounds like Om, and through drinking in the tones of crystal or metal singing bowls.The article described a “smiling and energetic” Marisa Harris, who had been diagnosed five years earlier with stage-four pancreatic cancer, the final stage of a disease that kills nearly all its victims. A top New York oncologist had given her nine months to live. Chemotherapy, he said, would do her no good. And yet, Harris is still alive and well, and as vivacious as ever. She works as a Certified Master Life and Health Coach and a Life Mastery Consultant, accredited by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. In her practice, she taps into many of the tools that she believes saved her life—including singing bowls, chants, and lifestyle changes.Harris credits Mitchell Gaynor, MD, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical Center in New York, and the founder of Gaynor Integrative Oncology, with helping her combine the healing powers of mind and medicine. Fo …

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Janet Aschkenasy taught yoga (2003) as a volunteer at the Momentum AIDS Project and the Callen-Lorde Community Health...

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