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MEDITATION AS A TOOL FOR ENHANCING THE WELLBEING IN ADOLESCENTS & ADULTS-PILOT STUDY

Nisarg Aravindan and Dr. Bharathi Anjanappa*

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Introduction: With Globalisation and modernization with advanced technology, adolescents and young adults are facing new challenges affecting their wellbeing. Mental health problems are on the rise with approximately one in five (20%) adolescents requiring mental health services. Different challenges are seen in adults also. Meditation help in reducing the stress, improves physical, emotional & mental health and greater wellbeing both in adolescents & adults. Objectives: Short term effect of meditation as a tool for enhancing wellbeing in adolescents and adults. Materials and methods: An observational study conducted by Unnathi healing foundation, Bangalore. Adolescents wellbeing was measured by predesigned students wellbeing questionnaires pre and post meditation training programme. Adults were also given different questionnaires(leadership trait, WEMWBS, 4ISWBI). Their BP, Pulse rate, HRV was taken pre and post meditation practice. Results were analysed by simple mean, percentages. Meditation on peace & Illumination was taught to both the group. Results: In adolescents, self confidence increased in 67%, the impulsive behaviour reduced in 44% of respondents, The perception towards their parents and family improved in 33% and 22% respectively. Self regulation was improved in 44%, physical health improved in 44%. In adults after meditation, mental wellbeing improved to significant levels of 4%(statistically significant). There was also improvement in leadership scores & spirtitual wellbeing. Parasympathetic dominance was shown with decrease in pulse(67%), and reduced LF/HF ratio. Conclusion: Practice of Meditation on Peace and Illumination has a definitive positive impact on the general well being of adolescents and adults.

Keywords: Well being, meditation for peace and illumination, adolescents.


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