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Medical Meditation: Our Story

Medical Meditation is a free, unique Android or iPhone app designed for people suffering from chronic illnesses, depression, anxiety or grief.

The meditation series was created to improve the lives of people suffering from chronic illnesses. Developed Dr. Nikhil Joshi, a Canadian physician and cancer survivor who discovered that mindfulness, introspection and reflection gave him strength throughout his own cancer diagnosis and treatment. Medical Meditation encourages patients to create mindfulness using relaxation techniques to reduce the stress of illness and initiate a positive change in mental wellbeing.

Dr. Nikhil Joshi
M.D., FRCPC
Clinical Immunologist and Allergist
Dr. Nikhil Joshi
Person meditating with phone
App Features:
  • A library of guided meditations for a variety of chronic illnesses
  • The ability to create personalized playlists for different needs
  • Inspirational ‘Daily Compassion’ affirmations
  • The aid of progress via the symptom tracker

Having cancer and receiving treatment was tough. I felt the stress of my illness was at times greater than the illness itself, so I developed a series of guided meditations to ease my suffering. Those meditations changed my life immensely and this is something I want to share with others experiencing the stress of chronic illness.

Dr. Nikhil Joshi

Meditations

The topics available in the meditation library include:

Abdominal Pain

Many people suffer with abdominal pain. Whether you have Crohn’s Disease, Diabetic Gastroparesis, Gastroesophageal Reflux or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, mindfulness can help. Our goal is to minimize tension and pain by creating moments of quiet focus.

Cancer Diagnosis

Being diagnosed with cancer is life-changing. Meditation provides a chance for you to find some alone time amid a barrage of information, doctor’s appointments and worry. These quiet moments can help you process your diagnosis and find your own sources of strength.

Caregiver

29% of the adult population of America are caregivers. The unaccounted force in healthcare are the people who look after their ill and frail family members. This is one of the noblest thing a person can do. Yet, this group is notoriously undersupported. They experience burn out, sadness and depression at a higher rate than the general population. In caring for yourself, you will be better able to support your loved ones.

Depression

Depression can feel like a weight slowly crushing you. When diagnosed with a chronic illness, depression and sadness can be a natural reaction. Depression can make you feel sad, cloudy-minded, heavy and unable to enjoy the things you once did. Mindful meditation can help you find your own resiliency and lightness.

Grief

Grief is a powerful and all-encompassing emotion. It is also a universal part of the human experience to experience the loss of a loved one. Meditation can help you cope with the dark times and find a way through intense suffering.

Improve Sleep

Make sleep a positive and happy experience. Reduce the thoughts and worries before you go to bed. Meditation can relieve the feelings of anxiety over trying to get to sleep. It can help to slow everything down, enabling you to have a restful sleep.

Palliative Care

End of life transition is a process. This meditation is about reflecting on your life and allowing you to find comfort and ease during this time. The goal of this meditation is to reduce anxiety and to bring a sense of calm.

Pre-Surgery

Surgery is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. Entering the operating room with a positive mindset is an achievement. This meditation aims to help you minimize your anxiety before surgery and encourages recovery.

Reduce Anxiety

In our society today, anxiety is on the rise. Stress, restlessness, worrying thoughts and feelings of uncertainty can be relieved through meditative practice.

Reduce Pain

Chronic pain can be debilitating and severely impact your life. People who suffer from chronic pain – like Fibromyalgia – can often feel there are not a lot of treatment options. Mindfulness and meditation can help to reduce the background pain level which can make it easier for medications to have a positive effect. Meditation is a side-effect free way to help alleviate the effects of chronic pain.

Relaxation

With the stresses of daily life, sometimes the hardest thing to do is relax. If you’re unsure of where to start, this meditation is the perfect introduction. This module is designed to get you ready for deeper meditation.

Smoking Cessation

Smoking is powerfully and is not an easy thing to quit. Quitting smoking leads to a variety of well-known health benefits and is an important step to achieving optimal health. The goal of this guided meditation is to reduce the stress associated with quitting.