Does Meditation Play an Integral Role in Achieving High-Level Wellness as Defined by Travis and Ryan (2004)?

Nicole Albrecht

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    Abstract

    In the emerging discipline of wellness, Travis and Ryan (2004) develop a dynamic theory of wellness that while not explicitly stated takes a systems theory approach to health and wellness. As a result, their theory of wellness resonates with many of the concepts and ideals experienced through a meditation practice. It is with this congruence in mind that the current paper explores whether there is any relationship between meditation and high-level wellness and if meditation techniques play an integral role in helping to achieve enhanced levels of wellness. A wide range of research across disciplines is reviewed, and despite controversies in the methodology employed to test meditation's efficacy, it is readily apparent that numerous benefits or wellness outcomes are derived from a meditation practice. However, it is doubtful that meditation is the only path to deliver high-level wellness, other means exist - some that may be a function of the natural human condition.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number15
    Number of pages27
    JournalJournal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine
    Volume8
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • meditation
    • systems theory
    • well-being
    • wellness

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