Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Dr. Jason Brown


A phenomenological psychological methodology was used to investigate the lived

experience of mindfulness meditation. Participants included ten individuals with varying degrees of meditation experience. Through semi-structured interviews, utilized to obtain descriptions of mindfulness as close to participant reality as possible, five themes emerged: motivation towards health, a new way of being, enhanced work life, the struggle with self discipline, and practice evolution. While changes reported by the participants lend credence to previous efficacy research, illustrations of participant motivation to practice, the concept of practice evolution and challenges associated with practicing provide experiences of mindfulness previously under explored. Implications for the counselling profession, such as mindfulness meditations’ possible impact on work satisfaction and use as a self care strategy, are also discussed.



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