Loving-Kindness Colouring and Loving-Kindness Meditation: Exploring the Effectiveness of Non-Meditative and Meditative Practices on State Mindfulness and Anxiety

Michail Mantzios, Aqsa Tariq, Momina Altaf, Kiki Giannou

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Abstract

Loving-kindness meditation has been recognized as a valuable form of meditation practice and features in most mindfulness programs. The present research explored the potential of an alternative non-meditative loving-kindness practice; namely, loving-kindness coloring. University students (N= 180) were randomly assigned to the loving-kindness coloring condition or the meditation condition. Both loving-kindness meditation and loving-kindness coloring were explored by measuring state mindfulness, pre-, and post-intervention. Results indicated that both conditions similarly increased in-state mindfulness and self-compassion, and decreased state anxiety, while there were non-significant differences between the practices. We concluded that there are similar levels of effectiveness to loving kindness meditation when introducing loving kindness coloring. Future implications on the applicability of loving-kindness practices are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-312
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Creativity in Mental Health
Volume17
Issue number3
Early online date14 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Mindfulness
  • anxiety
  • creativity in counseling
  • loving-Kindness Coloring (LKC)
  • loving-Kindness Meditation (LKM)
  • self-compassion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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