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Mettā Bhāvanā, CBT and Mental Health

ABSTRACT. World Health Organization defines Health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Mental well-being is a fundamental component of WHO's definition of health. Good mental health enables people to realize their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and contribute to their communities. On the other hand, WHO also states the fact that at least 350 million people live with depression, and it is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It affects not only the person with depression, but their loved ones too and it also limits one to achieve one's full potential. In this paper, I attempt to show how practicing Mettā Bhāvanā, an ancient Buddhist meditation technique, which is a Pali term, as mentioned in the text Karaṇīyamettā Sutta, with an intention for cultivation of Loving-Kindness, combined with modern Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) technique can help one to reduce emotional suffering and to achieve a state of mental well-being, which in turn, can enable one to alleviate emotional suffering and realize one's true potential. If you want a more focused one-on-one training contact me at tejas@healingstudio.in If you want to read the full paper visit: http://www.healingstudio.in/philosophy/metta-bhavana-cbt-and-mental-health/ TEJAS SHAH has MS in Psychology, MA in Philosophy and a Degree in Law (LL.B) from University of Mumbai; he is practicing as Chief Counseling Psychologist at Healing Studio and pursuing MA in Human Rights and MA in Sociology. His research interests are consciousness, phenomenology, positive psychology, philosophical counseling and yoga.

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350*million
people live with
depression
*World Health Organization
Mettā Bhāvanā,
CBT and
Mental Health
Tejas Shah, MSc. (Psy.)
Counseling Psychologist
International Seminar on
Contemporary Buddhism
“raga, dosa, moha..”
MIND FREE FROM KILESA
BRAHMAVIHARAS
4• mettā,
• karuṇā,
• muditā,
• upekkhā
DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO MENTAL HEALTH
hedonic, eudaimonic, stoic
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Mettā Bhāvanā, CBT and Mental Health