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Mitigation of Perceived Stress and Enhancement of Quality of Life among Female Adolescents Using Meditation on Twin Hearts

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  • World Pranic Healing Foundation, India
  • Maharaja's College, University of Mysore

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Background: Stress among adolescents is one among top health concerns in the world. To de-stress a 20 minutes guided Meditation on Twin Hearts (MTH) is introduced for female adolescents and its effects are being studied. Aim: The present study aimed to understand the efficacy of MTH on perceived stress and QOL among female adolescents. Setting and design: This study included 163 female adolescents of age group 15 to 19 years, with a mean age of 15.91. Among them 79 subjects were allotted to the experimental group, while the remaining 84 in the control group. Method: Questionnaires were used to assess the perceived stress (Cohen’s perceived stress scale) and QOL (KINDL-R) of subjects before and after meditation practice for a period of one month. Also, an open ended questionnaire was administered to record meditative experiences. Statistical analysis: Descriptive statistics and inferential statistics were employed. Results: A significant decrease in the perceived stress levels, a significant increase in the overall QOL were observed in the experimental group compared to the control group. Changes were also seen in the various domains of QOL after meditation practice. Conclusion: MTH was found to be useful in improving female adolescent mental health and QOL. © 2017, Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development. All rights reserved.
... In a controlled study on MTH practiced for 4 weeks, there was an improvement in mental health and quality of life of female adolescents. Participants expressed novel subtle experiences of tingling, attraction, and warm sensation in their hands during meditation (Jois et al., 2017a). In a study by Blinne and Perez (2016), MTH practitioners experienced significantly less anxiety, more happiness, higher levels of problem-focused coping, and stopping unpleasant thoughts and emotions. ...
... An earlier study on adolescents who practiced MTH for 1 month show a significant decrease in the perceived stress levels with a significant increase in the overall quality of life (QOL) in the experimental group as compared to the control group. (Jois et al., 2017a). In another study on MTH, participants reported a significant decrease in anxiety, relief from unpleasant thoughts and emotions, and enhanced happiness (Blinne & Perez, 2016). ...
... During MTH practice, the subject feels an enormous amount of pranic energy during blessing the earth. During another study on MTH, female adolescents felt energized, energy flowing from hands, heaviness in the hands and lightness in body (Jois et al., 2017a). A study found that the prana between palms leads to a warm sensation in the participant's hands (Jois et al., 2015). ...
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Background Meditation on Twin Hearts (MTH) involves blessing the earth to alleviate the sufferings, and praying for the well-being of the entire society using heart and crown chakra. This meditation is characterized by mechanisms of loving-kindness, self-healing imagery, and open awareness. Purpose This study aims to identify the experiences and perceived benefits associated with practicing MTH by nursing students. Method Qualitative method using content analysis was used to study meditation experiences. After obtaining the informed consent, 22 nursing students were introduced to MTH. Experiences and feedback from meditation sessions were reported each day during their 8 week practice. Nursing students also answered seven open-ended questions on the last day of the meditation session. Findings The verbatim descriptions of experiences reported by nursing students were abstracted to elements (17), properties (6), and categories (2). Identified properties are positive experiences, experiences of awareness, energy experiences, tangible outcomes, physiological reactions, and feedback on the study program. Conclusion The experiences narrated by nursing students include positive affective experiences, health benefits, resolution of problem, awareness and energy experiences, and prosocial tendencies. These findings indicate that MTH would enhance the well-being of the nursing students and could be used as a self-care measure.
... Meditation on Twin Hearts has been shown to help female adolescents in mitigating perceived stress and enhancing the quality of life (Jois et al., 2017). Participants taking part in MTH experienced immediate cognitive improvements (Tarrant et al., 2019), helps in improving Emotion Regulation in healthy subjects (Valim et al., 2019). ...
... In the case of adolescents, MTH was effective in cultivating mental health and quality of life. The increased awareness due to the long-term meditation practice made them perceive different pranic energy experiences, feeling of peace, happiness and improved relationships (Jois et al., 2017). In this study, some participants experienced tingling sensations in their palms during meditation practice while, blessing the earth. ...
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Hijras are the transgender community and have been socio-economically marginalized and hence their mental healthcare needs to be addressed. This was a descriptive, qualitative study, conducted in Mysore, India to examine the mental health status of 33 transgender women (TGW) and their response to the “Meditation on Twin Hearts (MTH)” intervention. Assessment of anxiety, depression and suicidality was carried out before the meditative session followed by a single session of MTH. Their feedback on meditation experience was collected, coded, and transformed into quantitative data. Among total participants, 39.4% of TGW exhibited severe anxiety, 21.2% has severe depression and 75.8% of them were at suicidal risk. Depression was positively correlated with anxiety and suicidal behavior. Most participants reported MTH was useful with signs of improvements in mental state. Thus, a single session of MTH has shown good signs of improvement in mental state among TGW.
... This guided meditation includes components of loving-kindness, open awareness, and self-healing imagery. Meditation on Twin Hearts has been shown to help adolescents in mitigating perceived stress and enhancing the quality of life 27 (Jois et al.). Participants taking part in MTH experienced immediate cognitive improvements 28 (Tarrant et al.), helps in improving Emotion Regulation in healthy subjects 20 (Valim et al.). ...
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In view of the changing concepts of health and diseases and with the emergence of modern health hazards, attention has been drawn to the holistic concept of Indian Medicine like Ayurveda and Yoga. In the present scenario stress is a very common psychological issue and a major cause of various psychosomatic disorders. Meditation is a very good tool to control our mind and thoughts. Twin hearts meditation is a Chakral meditation technique other than mindful meditation techniques. Master Choa, a resident of the Philippines and a holder of chemical engineering degree and a successful industrialist and spiritual guru, duly outlined some of the principles and clarified that our yoga is a very advanced and systematic way of living, not just a way of living. In his book the ancient art and science of Pranichealing he wrote thatTwin Heart Meditation is helpful to improve positive thinking & human relationship which results in increase of the auric frequency. Meditation on twin Hearts is based on the principle that some of the major chakras are entry points to certain levels or horizons of consciousness.
... [1,2] The feeling of happiness and satisfaction subjectively experienced by individuals has been termed as psychological wellbeing. [4][5][6] Earlier studies on prana have shown that experiencing prana would benefit psychologically [3] . Projection of prana to plants is also useful in pranic agriculture protocols. ...
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Background: Prana is the essential energy which keeps the body alive and in healthy conditions. Kirlian photography provides information regarding prana or subtle energy field. A common man cannot view this subtle energy body without proper training. Aim: The present study seeks to understand the impact of viewing air prana along with the aura surrounding a tree on one’s psychological wellbeing. Setting and design: Exploratory research design was used. 178 participants with a mean age of 26.8 years were taken for the study. Method: Open-ended questionnaire were provided to participants to record their experience before and after guiding to view the air prana along with the aura surrounding a tree as conceptualized by Master Choa Kok Sui. Statstical analysis: The results were analysed using Contingency Coefficient analysis and Chi Square tests Results: 98% and 87% of the participants viewed air prana and tree aura respectively. After seeing the air prana and aura of the tree, 23% and 37% of the participants felt relaxed. Also, 78% of them felt happy, while 22% of them reported to be energised. Conclusions: There was a significant change in the positive emotions of the participants after viewing the air prana and tree aura. © 2017, Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development. All rights reserved.
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