Mindfulness for University Students
Mindfulness can be defined as "awareness of present experience with acceptance". Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was introduced at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center twenty years ago by Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn. He worked with clients suffering from chronic pain. It was found that an eight week course in mindfulness had a marked effect on how well these clients could handle their pain. Mindfulness based practice has since been developed to deal with a wide range of disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders etc. Research at Harvard and the University of Wisconsin have shown, using fMRI scans, that mindfulness practice has beneficial effects on brain structure. All students experience a certain level of stress and anxiety. This project is studying students taking a Religious Studies course in Zen and Zen Meditation. In a "lab" component of the course, they are taught the basics of mindfulness meditation. Using such surveys as the Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) changes in their approaches to the stressors of university life are assessed.
30 Nov -0001
Strategic Research Theme
Community and Regional Development