School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Christian devotional meditation, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, holistic well-being, attachment to God, mindfulness
Counseling | Education
Paxton, Raymond D., "Christian Devotional Meditation and Holistic Well Being" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3362.
Holistic well-being is a concept that implies humans are multidimensional and require a broad approach to help them achieve life contentment and satisfaction. Spirituality, relationships, emotional functioning, and biology all play a part in achieving this life balance and satisfaction. Interpersonal neurobiology suggests that early life experiences can contribute to underdeveloped brain structures resulting in the diminished ability to form meaningful attachment relationships that help foster contentment as an adult. This ability to engage in positive and supportive relationships has impact on life and holistic well-being. Further, the inability to form close relationships, engage, and emotionally connect with others has impacted the church as whole, and can even impact one’s attachment to God. Church-based programs, therefore, are needed to foster holistic well-being. A 6-week program utilizing Christian meditation and mindfulness activities has been developed as a Christian sensitive approach to relationship and life enhancement, and holistic well-being.