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Meditation and Religious Traditions

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe an overview of the meditation practices in the religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Sufism.
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Although there are many ways to meditate and many different forms of meditation, they all share a unifying characteristic: each one focuses on intentionally training a person's attention and concentration. Meditation practices are used by diverse cultures to promote healing, are rooted in the traditions of the great religions, and have been practiced for thousands of years.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • List the common elements in most types of meditation.
  • Identify the physiological and psychological benefits of meditation.
  • Explain the meditation practices in Hinduism.
  • Describe the meditation practices in Buddhism.
  • Describe the meditation practices in Taoism.
  • Explain the meditation practices in Judaism.
  • Discuss the meditation practices in Christianity.
  • Describe the meditation practices in Sufism.

Meditation is a mind-body practice utilized today in integrative health and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health [NCCIH], 2018). Meditation originated in ancient India thousands of years ago and has existed in some form in most major religions and in many secular organizations since that time. Because many individuals regularly practice meditation in a prescribed manner, it can also be considered a ritual and a process leading to spiritual transformation. Meditation is practiced in almost every religion as a way of uniting with the Divine; however, you don’t have to be religious to meditate. It is a natural part of the human experience. Anyone who has gazed at a beautiful sunset, walked in the mountains, and felt a calmness and an inner sense of joy has had a meditative experience.

In meditation, a person learns to focus his or her attention. Some forms of meditation instruct the practitioner to become mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations and to observe them in a nonjudgmental way. This practice is believed to result in a state of calmness, physical relaxation, and psychological balance. Practicing meditation can change how a person relates to the flow of his or her emotions and thoughts (NCCIH, 2018).

Most types of meditation have four common elements (NCCIH, 2018):

  1. A quiet location. Meditation is usually practiced in a quiet place with as few distractions as possible. Practicing in a quiet place helps still the body and the mind and is particularly helpful for beginners.
  2. A specific, comfortable posture. Depending on the type being practiced, meditation can be done while sitting, lying down, standing, walking, or in other positions.
  3. A focus of attention. Focusing one’s attention is an essential part of meditation. For example, the meditator may focus on a mantra (a specially chosen word or set of words), an object, or the sensations of the breath. Some forms of meditation involve paying attention to the dominant content of consciousness.
  4. An open attitude. Having an open attitude during meditation means letting distractions come and go naturally without judging them. When the attention goes to distracting or wandering thoughts, the thoughts are not suppressed. Instead, the meditator gently brings his or her attention back to the focus. In some types of meditation, the meditator learns to “observe” thoughts and emotions while meditating.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors


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Course Expires:

March 30, 2021

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
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Off-label Use of Products:

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