Incorporating Contemplative Neuroscience and Mindfulness-Based Therapies Into Pastoral Care and Counseling: a Critical Correlational Method

This paper puts forward a methodology for engaging and incorporating the findings of contemplative neuroscience into pastoral care and counseling, guided by the theological foci of critical correlation and emancipatory praxis. A key finding is that the regular practice of mindfulness, whether in the...

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Published in:Pastoral psychology
Main Author: Bingaman, Kirk A. 1960-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science Business Media B. V. [2016]
In:Pastoral psychology
Year: 2016, Volume: 65, Issue: 6, Pages: 759-772
Further subjects:B Pastoral care
B Neurosciences
B Contemplative Prayer
B Meditation
B Mindfulness
B EMOTIONS (Psychology)
B Stress
B Mindfulness (Psychology)
B Neuroscience
B Critical correlation
B Emancipatory praxis
B Pastoral Counseling
B Emotion regulation therapy (ERT)
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Summary:This paper puts forward a methodology for engaging and incorporating the findings of contemplative neuroscience into pastoral care and counseling, guided by the theological foci of critical correlation and emancipatory praxis. A key finding is that the regular practice of mindfulness, whether in the context of daily meditation and/or contemplative prayer, can reduce activity in regions of the brain associated with fear and stress. The use of mindfulness has become a central feature of several of the third-wave cognitive therapies, including Emotion Regulation Therapy (ERT), with the clinical approach to treatment guided by research on the neural bases of emotion.
ISSN:1573-6679
Contains:Enthalten in: Pastoral psychology
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s11089-016-0719-z