Despite the obvious appeal and increased accessibility of meditation training with programs such as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), it remains a significant challenge for many individuals to maintain a consistent practice (Brandmeyer & Delorme, 2013). Early meditators often complain that they do not know if they are “doing it right” or give up before realizing any significant benefits. By providing the meditator with immediate feedback on their brainwave state, a neurotherapist can help define and refine the process, potentially increasing motivation, interest and impact. Incorporating neurofeedback into a meditation practice can potentially help with these concerns. In addition, because meditation and neurofeedback are both involved in the training of mental states, it seems obvious that these practices could be used to enhance each other, either in an attempt to achieve deeper states of meditation or by combining them as a treatment intervention for specific mental health conditions such as ADHD, anxiety or depression (Brandmeyer & Delorme, 2013).

In this three day workshop, we will explore four different styles of meditation practices based on the role of attention, intention, brainwave states and brain regions involved; these four styles include Focused Attention, Open Monitoring, Automatic Self-Transcending and Loving-Kindness/Compassion (Cahn & Polich, 2006; Lutz et al., 2004). Using this information, we can identify which practices might be best suited for particular goals (Tarrant, 2016). In this way, it is possible to link each style of meditation with specific mental health concerns as a therapeutic intervention. For example:

Focused Attention (Concentration) practices impact the brain networks in ways that specifically encourage improved concentration and reduced distractability.

Open Monitoring (Mindfulness) practices have the greatest impact on stress and anxiety.

Loving kindness/Compassion targets mood concerns and empathy building.

Automatic Self-Transcending (think TM) may be ideal for addictions, affect regulation, and personality based concerns.

This workshop will help attendees learn how to select a meditation style based on client presenting concerns and provide a host of practical strategies to approach each of the meditative styles. As part of this workshop, you will receive standard and sLORETA neuromeditation protocols for each meditation style and have opportunities to practice with each one. You will also have the opportunity to practice using HRV biofeedback in conjunction with certain meditative techniques. The approaches to NeuroMeditation taught in this workshop can be used immediately to achieve deeper states of meditation or as a treatment intervention for mental health conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, personality disorders or addictions.

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