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Psychological Effects of a 1-Month Meditation Retreat on Experienced Meditators: The Role of Non-attachment

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Title
Psychological Effects of a 1-Month Meditation Retreat on Experienced Meditators: The Role of Non-attachment
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Frontiers in Psychology, December 2016
DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01935
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Jesus Montero-Marin, Marta Puebla-Guedea, Paola Herrera-Mercadal, Ausias Cebolla, Joaquim Soler, Marcelo Demarzo, Carmelo Vazquez, Fernando Rodríguez-Bornaetxea, Javier García-Campayo

Abstract

Background: There are few studies devoted to assessing the impact of meditation-intensive retreats on the well-being, positive psychology, and personality of experienced meditators. We aimed to assess whether a 1-month Vipassana retreat: (a) would increase mindfulness and well-being; (b) would increase prosocial personality traits; and (c) whether psychological changes would be mediated and/or moderated by non-attachment. Method: A controlled, non-randomized, pre-post-intervention trial was used. The intervention group was a convenience sample (n = 19) of experienced meditators who participated in a 1-month Vipassana meditation retreat. The control group (n = 19) comprised matched experienced meditators who did not take part in the retreat. During the retreat, the mean duration of daily practice was 8-9 h, the diet was vegetarian and silence was compulsory. The Experiences Questionnaire (EQ), Non-attachment Scale (NAS), Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS), Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS), Temperament Character Inventory Revised (TCI-R-67), Five Facets Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ), Self-Other Four Immeasurables (SOFI) and the MINDSENS Composite Index were administered. ANCOVAs and linear regression models were used to assess pre-post changes and mediation/moderation effects. Results: Compared to controls, retreatants showed increases in non-attachment, observing, MINDSENS, positive-affect, balance-affect, and cooperativeness; and decreases in describing, negative-others, reward-dependence and self-directedness. Non-attachment had a mediating role in decentring, acting aware, non-reactivity, negative-affect, balance-affect and self-directedness; and a moderating role in describing and positive others, with both mediating and moderating effects on satisfaction with life. Conclusions: A 1-month Vipassana meditation retreat seems to yield improvements in mindfulness, well-being, and personality, even in experienced meditators. Non-attachment might facilitate psychological improvements of meditation, making it possible to overcome possible ceiling effects ascribed to non-intensive practices.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 188 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 32 17%
Student > Master 29 15%
Researcher 21 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 19 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 13 7%
Other 40 21%
Unknown 35 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 81 43%
Medicine and Dentistry 19 10%
Social Sciences 9 5%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 4%
Neuroscience 7 4%
Other 18 10%
Unknown 47 25%

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