an exploratory mixed methods study of the acceptability and effectiveness of mindfulness

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Unformatted text preview: shes and mindful walking. "you are doing the dishes.... actually take the time, look at the shape, the shape of the dishes and the water temperature. Calm down and actually take notice of what you are doing and relaxing instead of automatically jumping, as I do, onto the next couple of things maybe for the whole day, you know.-P2. Some participants described struggling with the meditation exercises; "I have great difficulty in keeping on the line of the meditation, getting used to it, I had great difficulty but I still persevered and I still have great difficulty with it"-P1 "The one where you meditate sitting, I can't do it for 25–30 minutes because I've got a bad spine and I found it, I get agitated I cant sit for that length of time"-P8 Others adopted a more flexible attitude towards practice; "Sometimes I would start doing it (the body-scan) and maybe I didn't feel myself relax. I fought against it at the start. I thought this isn't working but what I started doing was if I didn't feel that I could relax right away I would put it off and then later on go back and do it".-P5 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/6/14 Benefits and on-going practice Most of the course participants continued to use some of the mindfulness exercises three months after the course ended, suggesting that they found some benefit from these practices. The majority continued to use the threeminute breathing space, finding it an effective method for regaining composure in the face of difficult emotions, particularly anxiety. Five participants continued to have a regular formal meditation practice 2–3 times per week three months after finishing the course. Other participants, while not continuing formal periods of meditation, integrated mindfulness practices into ordinary activities such as walking the dog or washing the dishes. Several participants spoke about the difficulty in motivating themselves to continue practicing, after the course had ended. In total 4 participants dropped out of the course and two of these were interv...
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This note was uploaded on 03/12/2013 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor H during the Spring '11 term at ENGECON University.

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