Shanti - Intersection of Music, Meditation, and Medicine
Our mission is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients, families of patients, and healthcare staff/workers by harnessing the powerful calming, stress-reducing, and therapeutic qualities of music and meditation. Staying in the hospital, receiving treatment, or being diagnosed with certain conditions often takes a heavy physical and emotional toll on individuals, contributing to substantial stress among patients and families of patients. Furthermore, many working in the healthcare industry also experience substantial stress and burnout. Our goal is to offer music therapy and individual guided mediation services to patients through coordinating with hospital administration and volunteer programs at Ronald Reagan Medical Center and other nearby hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes in the West Los Angeles area. Another goal is to offer complementary guided meditation sessions and brief student-led classical/jazz music concerts in hospital auditoriums to alleviate stress and boost the mood and emotional state of not only patients, but also families of patients and healthcare staff. Ultimately, we seek to bridge the seemingly different disciplines of music, meditation, and medicine to serve all individuals in the healthcare setting with an effective method of stress management and mood enhancement.
Signatories: Karan Thaker, Sapna Thaker, and Shaan Londhe
Advisor: Melissa L Veluz-Abraham
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