To determine the effects of Mindfulness Awareness Meditation on quality of life (QOL), a descriptive quasi phenomenological emergent design project was conducted in which 10 participants practiced daily Mindfulness Awareness Meditation for 30 days. The duration of their daily-meditation was 15 minutes or more. Nine participants created post-meditation statements in narrative form. All data was collected from the participants' narratives and all findings were described by these statements.
For this project, QOL was defined as a participant's bodily sensations, cognitions, and feelings of relatedness with their environment and how these were affected by the practice of Mindfulness Awareness Meditation.
After analysis of participants' narratives, six emerging themes were identified as beneficial effects of practicing Mindfulness Awareness Meditation. 1. Increased focus and attention. 2. Increased ability to actively listen without interrupting the speaker. 3. Enhanced ability to objectively observe one's negative emotions and conditioned responses and decreased emotional reactivity. 4. Increased patience, compassion, and empathy toward others resulting in increased harmony in relationships and increased sense of connectedness with others. 5. Increased self-esteem, self-respect and joy. 6. Reduction in stress and anxiety and increased clarity of mind.
No negative, adverse or side effects were reported by the practitioners. The project results suggest Mindfulness Awareness Meditation is a valuable tool for improving human QOL that has zero cost with no side or adverse effects and is available to anyone who chooses to apply this method to improve their overall QOL. The study had limitations as the sample was limited to only 9 participants, the duration of practice was only 30 days for 15 or more minutes each day, and the demographic was limited to participants from North America, specifically from California.
|Advisor:||Ketola, Jarline, Huckabay, Loucine M.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational psychology, Religious education, Health education|
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