Coming Soon: Mindfulness Meditation 101 Group

I’m really excited to share that in late January 2016, I will be starting a 6-week mindfulness meditation group! This is a shortened version of a group I led for two semesters ameditation-338446_1920t the University of California-Davis with undergraduate and graduate students and I’m so excited to be bringing it to the Miami community. Here’s an appetizer about why mindfulness meditation might be a wellness practice suited for you and even more palatable for our clients is the idea that there are benefits to brief mindfulness meditation.

First, let me clarify the definition of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Central Pennsylvania provides a simple explanation, “Mindfulness Meditation is a western, non-sectarian, research-based form of meditation . . . It is a form of meditation designed to develop the skill of paying attention to our inner and outer experiences with acceptance, patience, and compassion.

Brief Mindfulness Meditation Research Results

According to a 2009 study by Zeidan, Johnson, Diamond, David and Goolkasian brief meditation training was shown to reduce fatigue, increase attention, working memory and executive functioning. Results were demonstrated after 4 days of meditation training. Some of these results were previously assumed to only be benefits of long term meditators.

In another study, Zeidan, Gordon, Merchant and Goolkasian (2009) shared that a 3-day mindfulness meditation intervention reduced pain ratings and anxiety scores when compared with baseline testing and other cognitive manipulations, such as math distraction. Not surprisingly, the brief meditation training was also effective at increasing overall mindfulness skills.

Group Details

I could go on and on with more research results, so if you’re interested, don’t hesitate to contact me, but I think you get the picture. Group sessions will be a blend of psychoeducation and experiential practice with a focus on translating our group practice into an individual practice between sessions. If you’re interested in attending the group, please contact me and we’ll schedule some time to talk further about whether it’s a good fit at this time. If you’re a therapist, I’d be happy to provide this adjunctive service to your individual clients to beef up their coping skill-set.

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Karin Lawson

2312 Wilton Drive, Suite 22
Wilton Manors, FL 33305