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Meditation Types and Practices

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to explore the different types of meditation, techniques, and practices and examine the role of meditation in health and wellness.
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There are many types of meditation. Some types appeal to people of an intellectual nature, while other types appeal to those who prefer the path of love and surrender. Individuals with an active approach to life may prefer meditation techniques involving movement, while other individuals enjoy using a mantra, visualization, or concentration. Although there are many other types of meditation, this course covers Transcendental Meditation, guided imagery and visualization meditation, mindfulness meditation, Osho Kundalini Meditation, Vipassana meditation, walking meditation, laughter meditation, centering prayer meditation, and concentration meditation.

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

  • Describe the general health benefits of meditation.
  • Describe the origins, health benefits, and guidelines for the practice for Transcendental Meditation™.
  • Explain guided imagery and visualization meditation.
  • Discuss the seven key factors and health benefits of mindfulness meditation.
  • Describe Osho Kundalini Meditation and its four stages of practice.
  • Explain the origins and practices of Vipassana meditation.
  • Describe walking meditation, how to practice it, and the phases of walking a labyrinth.
  • Examine the health benefits and the practice of laughter meditation.
  • Describe vibrational and sound meditation.
  • Explain centering prayer meditation and the seven steps for practicing it.
  • Define concentration meditation and the five actions that help the meditator focus on a single thought.

With individuals choosing alternatives to traditional, medication-oriented treatment for diseases, disorders, and chronic conditions, the clinical use and popularity of meditation have grown tremendously in the last few decades in the United States. Scientific research on the effects and benefits of meditation has also increased. It was the first mind-body intervention to be adopted by mainstream healthcare providers and incorporated into evidence-based therapeutic programs for a wide range of diseases, disorders, and conditions. Medical benefits of most types of meditation include improving hypertension, managing the stress of chronic illness, and promoting cardiovascular health. The long-term practice of meditation may slow and perhaps stop cortical atrophy and cognitive decline. Possible psychological benefits of meditation include decreased symptoms of depression and anxiety, abstinence from drug abuse, and a reduction in self-injurious behaviors of individuals with personality disorders (Dakwar & Levin, 2009; Walton, 2017).

The following video discusses the health benefits of meditation.

The Benefits of Meditation–Jon Kabat-Zinn

Used with permission from: http://whatmeditationreallyis.com

The word “meditation” is derived from the Latin word meditor, which means to reflect, ponder over, or consider. Meditation originated as a healing and spiritual practice in many parts of the world over 5,000 years ago.

Individuals from all walks of life practice meditation, adhering to the fundamental principles of reflection and quiet thought to bring about a state of peace. The various types of meditation may include specific features such as focused attention, relaxed breathing, a quiet setting, prayer, reflection, and focused attention on a sacred object or being. There’s no right way or wrong way to meditate. It can be done by anyone, of any age, in any location.


The Mayo Clinic (2018), states Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural technique…This form of meditation allows your body to settle into a state of profound rest and relaxation and your mind to achieve a state of inner peace, without needing to use concentration or effort (Transcendental Meditation, 2018). Shear (2006) describes Transcendental Meditation as “an effortless mental technique that quickly and easily enables any ordinary person to experience the source of thought deep within his or her own mind” (p. 23). According to Shear, the immediate goal of Transcendental Meditation is to “bring forth the latent potential each of our minds has to experience bliss, freedom, higher states of consciousness, and fulfillment in daily life. The broader goal of Transcendental Meditation is to provide the precondition for world peace” (p. 24). In this discipline, bliss is believed to arrive with the stillness of the mind.

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
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Content Focus:

Occupational Therapy Process

Course Expires:

March 30, 2021

  • 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.

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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.