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Healing Elements 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 explore the practice of meditation, discuss various meditation traditions, examine meditation techniques, and explain the physiological and psychological benefits of meditation.
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Although there are many ways to meditate and many different forms of meditation, they all share the characteristic of intentionally training a person’s attention and concentration. Meditation practices are used by diverse cultures, are rooted in the traditions of the great religions, and have been practiced for thousands of years to promote healing.

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

  • Describe the practice of meditation.
  • Discuss the various meditation traditions.
  • Describe meditation techniques, including breathing meditation, Transcendental Meditation, mindfulness meditation, and concentration meditation.
  • Describe walking and moving meditation, medical meditation, and meditating using visualization.
  • Describe meditating with sound and receptive and creative meditation.
  • List the physiological benefits of meditation.
  • List the psychological benefits of meditation.

Meditation is a mind-body practice in integrative health and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH, 2018). Meditation originated in ancient India about 3,000 years ago and has existed in some form in most major religions and in many secular organizations. Because many individuals regularly practice meditation in a prescribed manner, it can also be considered a ritual and a process of spiritual transformation (Taylor, 2002).

Meditation is practiced in almost every religion as a way to reach union with the Divine; however, you don’t have to be religious to meditate.

There are many types of meditation and individuals practice meditation for different reasons. The reasons people meditate vary almost as much as the types of practices. When practiced in a disciplined manner, meditation provides many physiological benefits, such as stress reduction, improved immune and cardiovascular function, relaxation, and decreased pain (NCCIH, 2018).

Through the learned skill of meditation, people can train their minds to abandon negative qualities and to generate and enhance positive qualities (Dalai Lama, 2003). Fortney (2017) posits that a regular meditation practice can promote physical ease and mental stability, which provide a foundation for health and wellness. The regular practice of meditation may also lead to new insights about life issues, heightened creativity, inspiration, greater compassion for others, and a greater connection to one’s own inner guidance.

Only over the past few decades has meditation been researched as a medical intervention in Western culture (Freeman, 2008). Some types of meditation might work by affecting the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. This system regulates many organs and muscles, controlling functions such as heartbeat, sweating, breathing, and digestion. There are two major parts to the autonomic nervous system (NCCIH, 2018):

  • The sympathetic nervous system helps mobilize the body for action. When an individual is under stress, the sympathetic nervous system produces the fight-or-flight response. Heart rate and breathing rate go up and blood vessels narrow thus restricting the flow of blood.
  • The parasympathetic nervous system causes the heart rate and breathing rate to slow down, blood vessels to dilate (improving blood flow), and the digestive juices to increase.

Fortney and Bonus (2012) note that “meditation is one of the most important components of any health plan. Its unique ability to elicit physical ease and mental stability provides a foundation for healing and directly influences one’s ability to meet the challenges resulting from illness and chronic disease” (p. 1051).

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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Course Expires:

September 11, 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.

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.