A Comparative Study of Mindfulness Between Meditators and Non-meditators
Meditation and mindfulness are now getting into trend contributing as the proposed benefactor in various diseases. It has been generally recommended that meditation aids in subsidizing stress levels, improving performance and relationships at home and at workplace apart from any therapeutic benefit. Rajyoga Meditation is one such meditation which is recently being explored for its holistic well-being of the individual. So, there was a need to confirm the significant differences which are attained through the regular practice of meditation. This study is on the comparative analysis between the group of meditators and non-meditators highlights the benefit of meditation. The comparison has been carried out on famous five facets of mindfulness using the FFMQ over demographically similar randomly sampled subjects. Results have a clear indication that meditators have a significant difference in terms of observation (p < 0.0098) and non-reactivity (p < 0.0092) which are the need of the hour in the demanding work scenarios. It has been concluded that regular practice of meditation may improve these facets of mindfulness. It has also been found that meditators were more judging than non-meditators whose reasons could be found in future research.
KeywordsMindfulness Rajyoga Meditation FFMQ
We extend our gratitude to Department of Science and Technology—Cognitive Science Research Initiative, Government of India, for providing us financial support for carrying out this research. We are also thankful to Dr. Smita Jain for helping us in statistical analysis of this study.
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Funding: This study was funded by Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, (SR/CSRI/131/2012).
Conflict of Interest: Mukesh Agarwal declares that he has no conflict of interest. Chitra Khandelwal declares that she has no conflict of interest. Aakanksha Desai declares that she has no conflict of interest. Vinay Kumar Chandna declares that he has no conflict of interest.
Ethical approval: All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the JECRC Ethics Committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent: Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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