Many of us have incorporated various mindfulness practices into our daily lives and into our work with our patients and yet, as with so many other things that are good for you, there is no one-size-fits-all regimen that we can apply.
So how are your colleagues currently adopting mindfulness meditation for their particular client population?
Take a look at Felicia Huppert, PhD, et al. from the Well-Being Institute at the University of Cambridge, UK, who recently published a study in The Journal of Positive Psychology based on the introduction of mindfulness meditation to teenage boys.
Fourteen and fifteen-year old boys, 155 of them in all, from six classes in two British schools were provided training in mindfulness meditation during the course of weekly, 40-minute sessions spread out over one month’s time.
This training included the presentation of mindfulness principles and also practice of mindfulness techniques, such as body and breathing awareness.
Outside of the classroom, the boys were encouraged to listen to 8-minute mindfulness audios and to practice mindfulness exercises each day.
A control sample was created of boys from 5 other classes who attended classes as usual.
The teens completed questionnaires before and after the month-long training and results were compared to that of the boys in the 5 control classes, who attended their normally-scheduled religious classes instead of the mindfulness module.
The results showed that boys completing the mindfulness training had increased levels of well-being (defined here as increased positive emotions, such as contentment, interest and happiness, as well as increased functioning).
Further, the increase in well-being directly correlated to the amount of time a student spent practicing the mindfulness exercises.
This study is limited because of the method used for randomization, but based on the findings of this project, a new 8-week mindfulness module has been introduced into a number of British schools, with modules that are specifically designed for children including “Puppy Training” and “Befriending the Difficult.”
Are you tailoring mindfulness applications to your patient’s particular circumstance and ego strength?
NICABM has brought health and mental health practitioners together to address a full range of mindfulness approaches in our mindfulness programs.
Meanwhile, how do you tailor mindfulness activities for your clients? I invite you to leave a comment below sharing what’s worked for you.