After the trial period, the 14 and 15 year-old boys were found to have increased wellbeing, defined as the combination of feeling good (including positive emotions such as happiness, contentment, interest and affection) and functioning well.
Mindfulness is a "way of paying attention. It means consciously bringing awareness to our experience, in the present moment, without making judgments about it" [as described in the Mental Health Foundation report Be Mindful issued in 2010].
That report makes the case for making meditation-based therapy available to everyone who experiences recurrent depression.
The report highlights the proven effectiveness of treatments such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and shows how developing services could reduce the cost - human and economic - of depression to society.
Students in the 5 control classes attended their normal religious studies lessons.
The classes covered the concepts of awareness and acceptance, and taught the schoolboys such things as how to practice bodily awareness by noticing where they were in contact with their chairs or the floor, paying attention to their breathing, and noticing all the sensations involved in walking.The training consisted of four 40 minute classes, one per week, which presented the principles and practice of mindfulness.
All participants completed a short series of online questionnaires before and after the mindfulness project. The questionnaires measured the effect of the training on changes in mindful awareness, resilience (the ability to modify responses to changing situations) and psychological wellbeing.
NOTE. This blog sets out a simple form of mindfulness sitting meditation.
Source: University of Cambridge. Article Date: 19/9/10.
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