Unit 5 ProjectTeresa AmsburyKaplan UniversityCreating Wellness:Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of HealingHW420-01Mark MauleOctober 20, 2011
Improved sense of wellbeing Enhanced positive emotions Improved memory Better attention A witnessing mind – the ability to impartially observe and witness the natural rise and fall of thoughts, feelings, and images (Dacher, 2006, p.73) A calm-abiding mind – focused and undisturbed Unity Consciousness – clarity and wisdom,a complete connectedness to all things
Eighty-two (82) undergraduate students (34 males, 48 females), with no priormeditation experience, participated in three sessions of 20 minutes each thatinvolved training in either mindfulness meditation, sham (mock) mindfulnessmeditation, or a control group. Heart rate, blood pressure, and psychologicalvariables (Profile of Mood States, State Anxiety Inventory) were assessedbefore and after the intervention.(Zeidan, Johnson, Gordon, & Goolkasian, 2010)The focused meditation intervention was more effective at reducing negativemood, depression, fatigue, confusion, and heart rate, when compared to thesham and control groups.(Zeidan, et al., 2010)
Byrds (1988) classic study on a coronary care unit (CQJ) in a large hospital in SanFrancisco showed that intercessory prayer is very effective in the healing process.393 patients divided into 2 groups. Prayer group (n = 192 patients) had born againChristians pray for them by name. Non-prayer group (n = 201 patients) was the controlgroup.The prayer group showed significantly less congestive heart failure, used fewerdiuretics, had fewer cardiopulmonary arrests and less pneumonia, used fewerantibiotics, and were less intubated than those who did not receive intercessorypraying from the born-again Christians. (Maier-Lorentz, 2004)
5 Christian female volunteers (average age 42), prayed for 5 to 15 recorded minutes for each of the following typesof prayer: supplication, devotion, intercession, gratefulness, and contemplative prayer (pure prayer or prayer ofsilence depending on Eastern or Western Christian tradition).“Research suggests that positive correlations between prayer and health outcomes are more clearly associated withmeditative forms of prayer than with petition or repetition prayers, correlating positive outcomes to positivedeepening relational components of prayer experience” (Stanley, 2009, p. 826-827).“Prayers of devotion, supplication, and intercession would increase relational awareness, serving to relax and calmthe one praying and shift attention away from stressful, recurring, or destructive thought patterns and feelingsleading to illness” (Stanley, 2009, p.826).“Higher or deeper forms of relational prayer such as prayers of gratitude and contemplative prayer were thought tohold the greatest healing power because of their more integrated and intimate relational component to the Divine,reflecting a more personal and humble awareness of the presence and love of God” (Stanley, 2009, p. 827).All prayer (especially contemplative prayer and prayers of gratefulness) held a deep trust in the work of the HolySpirit to heal both the inner and outer dimensions of the individual. “The Divine image was believed to reside in theheart of each person, and health was directly related to an inner awareness and security of this connectedness toself, others, and God” (Stanley, 2009, p. 827)
Example exercises, activities or practices that improve mental fitness Exercises, activities, or practices overview and benefits Step by step instructions of example exercises, activities, or practices
One of the oldest and most When abused, prayer can commonly used coping promote dependency, escape, mechanisms and even doubt Found in any denomination of Must be phrased in a positive faith context and not a negative one Desire of the heart Strengthens faith and provides Often a plea for divine hope intervention Intercessory Prayer seeks divine Increases concentration and guidance or intervention connectivity 2 Types of most common Centers the mind Intercessory prayer A.) when you May be vocalized or thought need help yourself. B.) when you Countless styles or forms of offer a prayer for the assistance prayer of others. Scientifically proven to heal May be used anytime, anywhere
Steps to InitiatingPersonal IntercessoryPrayer (Christianity)1. Find a quiet, private place to avoid interruption2. May be done kneeling, standing, or sitting3. Pray in faith, with a sincere heart, with real intent4. Begin prayer by addressing God, or Father in Heaven “Tell Him what you really feel in your heart, confide in Him, ask Him for forgiveness, plead with Him, thank Him, express your love for Him” (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2009)5. Avoid repetitions, meaningless words, and phrases “Always ask that His will be done, remembering that what you desire may not be best for you “ (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2009)6. Close the prayer “in the name of Jesus Christ”
Poses are comfortable Do not push to the point and steady of pain Some poses are easy Move to the limit of your Some poses are very own physical ability challenging Breathing Increase mental Conscious stretching calmness Remember counter Increase physical positions stability Many poses to achieve Improve balance Certain poses affect the body in physical and/or mental ways
Steps to initiateHatha Yoga1. Wear loose clothing2. Breathe slow, deep, steady, and conscious breaths3. Go into each pose only to the comfortable limit of your body4. Maintaining the pose, focus on breath and balance5. Come out of the pose gracefully and steadily with exhalation
Often used in Yoga and Decreases sympathetic T’ai chi ch’uan response Often used in Child birth Increases one’s vital life Involves the movement force of energy. of the lower abdomen Increases effectiveness Creates a calming effect when inhalation and Normal breathing is exhalation occur through fourteen to sixteen times the nasal passages per minute. Enhances brain Diaphragmatic lateralization and breathing is comfortably respective modes of reduced breaths to thinking between four and six per Relieves chronic and minute. acute pain
Steps to InitiateDiaphragmaticBreathing1. Wear loose clothing2. Find a quiet place to avoid distraction3. Assume a comfortable position either sitting or, preferably, lying down on your back with your eyes closed4. Concentrate on breath (beginners may place hands on stomach and feel the rise and fall of the abdomen with each breath)5. Breathe in taking the air into your lungs through the nose or mouth6. Hold breath in for a moment before exhalation7. Exhale releasing the air from your lungs through the passage it entered8. Hold breath in for a moment before next inhalation9. Mentally follow the flow of air as it enters the body and travels to its destination in the lower lobes of the lungs and back out again.
•Mental Fitness improves overall sense of wellbeing of the mind, body, and spirit•Mental Fitness creates a witnessing mind , a calm-abiding mind , and unity consciousness•Mental Fitness is improved by mindful and focused meditation•Meditation improves heart health, and reduces negative mood, depression, fatigue, confusion•Byrds (1988) study proved intercessory prayer is very effective in the healing process•Research suggests that positive correlations between prayer and health outcomes are more clearlyassociated with meditative forms of prayer than with petition or repetition prayers•Prayers of gratitude and contemplative prayer were thought to hold the greatest healing power•Prayer is one of the oldest and most commonly used coping mechanisms•Prayer increases concentration, connectivity, and centers the mind•There are many poses in yoga from beginner to expert levels•Yoga positively benefits the mind and body•In yoga, move to the limit of your own physical ability•Breathe•Diaphragmatic breathing is used in several other mental fitness activities•Diaphragmatic breathing is focused breath using the diaphragm and abdomen•Diaphragmatic breathing increases mental activity, awareness, and life force energy
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