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Brief EcoMeditation associated with psychological improvements: A preliminary study

Citation (APA style): Church, D., Stapleton, P., & Sabot, D. (2020). Brief EcoMeditation associated with psychological improvements: A preliminary study. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 9. doi:10.1177/2164956120984142


Background: A growing body of clinical research attests to the psychological and physiological benefits of meditation. EcoMeditation is a non-pharmacological therapeutic approach used to promote health and well-being, comprising four evidence-based techniques: The Quick Coherence Technique for regulating heart rate variability (HRV), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), mindfulness, and neurofeedback.

Objectives: This study investigated changes in psychological symptoms of anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pain, and happiness following a one-day EcoMeditation training workshop delivered in a large-group format and at three-months postintervention.

Methods: A convenience sample of 208 participants (137 women, 71 men) aged between 21 and 87”‰years (M”‰=”‰55.4”‰years; SD”‰=”‰12.8”‰years) attended a one-day EcoMeditation training workshop. Participants completed a pen-and-paper survey pre-workshop and post-workshop, and an online survey three months following the EcoMeditation intervention.

Results: Post-workshop results revealed significant reductions in anxiety (−23.4%, p ”‰< ”‰.001), depression (−15.8%, p ”‰= ”‰.011), PTSD (−11.8%, p”‰ < .001), and pain (−18.5%, p ”‰<”‰ .001), while happiness scores increased significantly (+8.9%, p”‰ < ”‰.001). At three-month follow-up, one-way repeated-measures ANOVA (N”‰=”‰65) found significant decreases in anxiety between pretest and posttest, and pain between preintervention and three-month follow-up. Differences in depression and PTSD scores were not significant over time. Happiness scores significantly increased from pretest to three-month follow-up. However, post-hoc analyses suggested that the final sample size was inadequate to detect significant differences between time points.

Conclusion: Findings provide preliminary support for EcoMeditation as a brief group-based stress reduction intervention with benefits for improved psychological functioning.

Keywords: meditation, anxiety, depression, PTSD, group therapy, EcoMeditation, Emotional Freedom Techniques

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