Religious Trance

Publication Title: 
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Buddhist meditation practices have become a topic of widespread interest in both science and medicine. Traditional Buddhist formulations describe meditation as a state of relaxed alertness that must guard against both excessive hyperarousal (restlessness) and excessive hypoarousal (drowsiness, sleep). Modern applications of meditation have emphasized the hypoarousing and relaxing effects without as much emphasis on the arousing or alertness-promoting effects.

Author(s): 
Britton, Willoughby B.
Lindahl, Jared R.
Cahn, B. Rael
Davis, Jake H.
Goldman, Roberta E.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Religion and Health

According to Poloma and Pendleton's (J Psychol Theol 19:71-83, 1991) prayer model, there are four prayer types (colloquial, meditative, petitionary, and ritual), all of which have varying associations with mental health. However, few studies have examined what mechanisms explain these associations. The literature demonstrates that disclosing distressing information can improve mental health. Thus, the current study examined self-disclosure as a mediating variable between Poloma and Pendleton's (J Psychol Theol 19:71-83, 1991) prayer types and mental health.

Author(s): 
Black, Stephanie Winkeljohn
Pössel, Patrick
Jeppsen, Benjamin D.
Bjerg, Annie C.
Wooldridge, Don T.
Publication Title: 
Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses

Meditation is gaining popularity as an effective means of managing and attenuating pain and has been particularly effective for migraines. Meditation additionally addresses the negative emotional states known to exist with migraines. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of meditation as an immediate intervention for reducing migraine pain as well as alleviating emotional tension, examined herein as a negative affect hypothesized to be correlated with pain.

Author(s): 
Tonelli, Makenzie E.
Wachholtz, Amy B.
Publication Title: 
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Since the first demonstrations that mindfulness-based therapies could have a positive influence on chronic pain patients, numerous studies have been conducted with healthy individuals in an attempt to understand meditative analgesia. This review focuses explicitly on experimental pain studies of meditation and attempts to draw preliminary conclusions based on the work completed in this new field over the past 6 years. Dividing meditative practices into the broad categories of focused attention (FA) and open monitoring (OM) techniques allowed several patterns to emerge.

Author(s): 
Grant, Joshua A.
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

CONTEXT: The aging process is associated with physiological changes that affect sleep. In older adults, undiagnosed and untreated insomnia may cause impaired daily function and reduced quality of life (QoL). Insomnia is also a risk factor for accidents and falls that are the main cause of accidental deaths in older adults and, therefore, is associated with higher morbidity and mortality rates in older populations.

Author(s): 
Halpern, Jonathan
Cohen, Marc
Kennedy, Gerard
Reece, John
Cahan, Clement
Baharav, Armanda
Publication Title: 
Consciousness and Cognition

Yoga practice is reported to lead to improvements in quality of life, psychological functioning, and symptom indices in cancer survivors. Importantly, meditative states experienced within yoga practice are correlated to neurophysiological systems that moderate both focus of attention and affective valence. The current study used a mixed methods approach based in neurophenomenology to investigate associations between attention, affect, and cardiac activity during a single yoga session for female cancer survivors.

Author(s): 
Mackenzie, Michael J.
Carlson, Linda E.
Paskevich, David M.
Ekkekakis, Panteleimon
Wurz, Amanda J.
Wytsma, Kathryn
Krenz, Katie A.
McAuley, Edward
Culos-Reed, S. Nicole
Publication Title: 
Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy

ABSTRACT Questions from patients about pain conditions and analgesic pharmacotherapy and responses from authors are presented to help educate patients and make them more effective self-advocates. The topic addressed in this issue is chronic low back pain, one of the most common reasons to visit one's primary care doctor. Complementary approaches, including yoga, will be addressed.

Author(s): 
Singh, Supreet
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine

BACKGROUND: Health behavior change can improve physical and psychosocial outcomes in internal medicine patients.Purpose This study aims to identify predictors for health behavior change after an integrative medicine inpatient program.

Author(s): 
Cramer, Holger
Lauche, Romy
Moebus, Susanne
Michalsen, Andreas
Langhorst, Jost
Dobos, Gustav
Paul, Anna
Publication Title: 
Death Studies

From a Buddhist perspective, grief becomes complicated because mourners have trouble accommodating the reality of impermanence in the face of deep and unwelcome change, as they struggle to make sense of the "event story" of their loss and to revise their life story and identity accordingly.

Author(s): 
Neimeyer, Robert A.
Young-Eisendrath, Polly
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a hemodynamic condition in which the pressure in the bed of the pulmonary arteries is elevated. Although medications have improved both symptoms and mortality, PH remains a debilitating and devastating disease. Little is known about the effects of nonpharmacologic approaches, such as yoga and meditative breathing, in treatment of the disease.

Author(s): 
Awdish, Rana
Small, Bronwyn
Cajigas, Hector

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