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The Psychology of Meditation$
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Michael A. West

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198521945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521945.001.0001

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Managing meditation in clinical practice

Managing meditation in clinical practice

(p.150) 9 Managing meditation in clinical practice
The Psychology of Meditation

Patricia Canington

Oxford University Press

In recent years modern forms of meditation have been developed which possess therapeutic properties. This chapter describes how these new forms, simplified and divested of esoteric trappings and religious overtones, can be applied in clinical practice to achieve specific objectives. The orientation presented here is based on supervision of the teaching of approximately 7,000 people in clinical settings during the past fourteen years. Most of these people were identified by a medical team or through other professional assessment as being under high stress. In the discussion, the chapter attempts to identify the major clinical benefits that can be expected from the practice of meditation, to outline some of the available training options and to present recommendations for professionals wishing to utilize this form of therapy.

Keywords:   clinical practice, stress, mood elevation, clinical benefits, religious overtones

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