Meditation and Positive Psychology

Shauna L. Shapiro

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology

Second edition

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195187243
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:
 Meditation and Positive Psychology

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Mental health, once defined in terms of absence of illness, has gradually become understood in a more holistic way, which also includes the positive qualities that help people flourish. This evolving definition of mental health has led to an exploration of other traditions and practices, including meditation, which for thousands of years have been devoted to developing an expanded vision of human potential. One result was the introduction of the practice of meditation into Western scientific study. However, the principal original intentions of meditation, to uncover the positive and to catalyze our internal potential for healing and development, have been largely ignored by the scientific community. Yet, a small number of researchers and theorists have explored and continue to explore the positive effects of meditation. The chapter focuses on this pioneering work.

Keywords: Buddhism; flourishing; intention; meditation; positive psychology

Article.  7099 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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