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Getting some sense of how these gradual and quite subtle changes are improving your life can be really helpful in encouraging you to continue developing your practices until the changes are obvious and indisputable. To aid you in this our parent organisation, Zenways, has collaborated with Dr. Barbara Ryusen Gabrys (ethics approval MSD/IDREC/C1/2012/79) and Professor Maryanne Martin of the Oxford University Department of Experimental Psychology to form a research project entitled “The Influence of Mindfulness and Meditation on Overall Life Satisfaction”.
Prof. Martin and Dr. Gabrys have been studying the effects of our 8-week meditation and mindfulness programmes on people’s overall life satisfaction and have found that students experience a significant decrease in perceived stress, together with a decrease in anxiety, plus increases in levels of awareness and satisfaction with life.
To measure this a series of psychological tests were created, which you can take before and after this course, noting down or printing out the results to compare the effects over time. You can complete these tests solely for your own benefit, or if you are happy for the Oxford University department to confidentially use the Information you provide for research then that is even better! The easiest way to fill out forms is online. Go to https://zenways.org/practical-zen-health-survey/ and click registration it will lead you to the questionnaires to fill in.
We are not aware of any risks in taking part in this study but is entirely voluntary. This means that you have the right to withdraw at any point during the study, and may withdraw your data up to a month after the end of the study. All data are confidential. No names will be recorded. If you have a concern about any aspect of this project, please speak to us and we will do our best to answer your query.