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In search of inner wisdom: guided mindfulness meditation in the context of suicide.

14 Jun
In this case study, clinicians from the Department of Social Work at The College of Judea and Samaria in Ariel, Israel, feeling that spiritual concerns play a huge part among those who have attempted suicide, yet are poorly addressed, if addressed at all, by their psychotherapists, tested an innovative group format that made use of techniques that helped their clients tap into spiritual sources.

A therapeutic group/workshop for suicide survivors was designed to incorporate relaxation and mindfulness meditation, along with guided imagery to access inner wisdom.

Many of the participants reported a significant positive experience, including connection to knowledge that was highly relevant to them in their current state of life.

The authors conclude that whether such insights were experienced as coming from within (a deeper part of the self) or from an external source (a guiding figure or divine presence), guided meditation appears to be a powerful resource for therapists and their clients, suicidal and otherwise.

Citation: Birnbaum L, Birnbaum A. In search of inner wisdom: guided mindfulness meditation in the context of suicide. ScientificWorldJournal. 2004 Mar 18; 4: pages 216-27. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award