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Health Effects of Meditation

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 the health effects of meditation, including its psychological and physiological effects.
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Meditation is a mind-body practice with many methods and variations that are all grounded in the silence and stillness of present-moment awareness. Evidence of meditation's health effects has been well documented: the practice offers improvement in the symptoms of various disease conditions in addition to the experience of a deeper spiritual connection.

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

  • Define meditation.
  • Describe the various anatomical functions of the brain.
  • Compare the characteristics of the four main electromagnetic brain waves.
  • Differentiate between methods of practicing meditation.
  • Describe the physiological effects of meditation.
  • Describe the psychological effects of meditation.
  • Discuss the effects of meditation on specific health conditions.
  • Explain contraindications to meditation.
  • Identify guidelines for practicing meditation.
  • Describe considerations before starting a meditation practice.

Meditation is a method of acquiring access to our inner wisdom, achieving clarity, and developing compassion, with the possibility of resolving inner challenges during the process. (Wisdom includes being present in the moment, and the way to wisdom is to understand ourselves as human beings.)

In meditation, individuals learn to focus their attention and quiet their minds. This usually involves becoming mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations while observing them in a nonjudgmental manner. The practice of meditation can change how we relate to the flow of our emotions and thoughts. As our minds become tranquil, many aspects of our lives become clear.

Our attitude during meditation is important because it reflects the way we deal with our minds, emotions, thoughts, and changing moods. The most beneficial attitudes for meditation are acceptance, gratitude, and openness to the wisdom we may receive during the process.

Fortney (2017) posits that a regular meditation practice can promote physical ease and mental stability, which provide a foundation for health and wellness. Meditation directly influences one’s ability to meet the challenges resulting from stress, burnout, and illness for both the patient and the practitioner. When practiced in a disciplined manner, meditation provides many health, physiological, and psychological benefits (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health [NCCIH], 2018).

Today, meditative practices are used in a variety of healthcare settings, and individuals practice meditation for reasons that vary almost as much as the different types of practices.

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 Behavioral Sciences
  • 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
  • Florida Office of School Psychology
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists
AOTA CEUs:

0.2

Practice Level:

Beginner/Introductory

Content Focus:

Occupational Therapy Process

Course Expires:

March 30, 2021

Instructor(s):
  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

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