What is Focused Awareness Meditation?
Focused Awareness Meditation is a simple, five-step technique based on scientific evidence. The 5 steps — establishing a seat, diaphragmatic breathing, systematic relaxation, breath awareness, focus to support the neurological mechanisms that support a calm and focused brain. Focused Awareness Meditation combines both mindfulness and the essential component of concentration to make it a complete meditation practice.
Why Use Focused Awareness Meditation?
- It is evidenced based and considered part of complementary and integrative healthcare practices1
- Provides a secular practice that avoids religious, superstitious or cultural trappings
- Keeps practitioners up to date on current scientific knowledge
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Rick Heller, Humanist Contemplatives Group – Harvard University.
Why are Evidence-Based Practices Important to Consider?
- More people are looking for Complementary and Integrative Practices
- Provides up-to-date information to keep knowledge on the cutting edge
- Helps prevent the proliferation of sub-standard sources
- Incorrect opinions
- Misinformation on web
- Frequently incorrect “expert” opinions
What is driving Focused Awareness Meditation to the forefront?
- Simplicity and Systematic
- Public is more informed
- Internet does not always supply correct information
- Insurance companies are looking for validation
- More research available
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine
The 5 Criteria we (Center for Meditation Science) consider in our training curriculum when analyzing the evidence with the use of Focused Awareness Meditation include:
- The practice of a complete form of meditation
- The state of research on the therapeutic use of meditation practices
- The evidence on the efficacy and effectiveness of meditation practices
- The evidence on the role of effect modifiers for the practice of meditation
- The evidence on the physiological and neuropsychological
effects of meditation practices