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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

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Dr. Colletti

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to review the benefits of possessing inner stillness in the promotion of a lifetime of resiliency, when dealing with external stressors, hardship, medical ailments, and suffering.

Method: A PubMed literature search was conducted with the following search terms: resilience, stillness, quietness, meditation, resilience, mindfulness, anechoic chamber, and benefits. Fifteen pertinent articles were retrieved and served as the basis for this clinical review.

Results: There are limited published evidence-based research to demonstrate the actual effects inner stillness has in the correlation with resilience, therefore additional research is needed to evaluate and confirm the correlation between inner stillness and resilience.

Conclusion: Resilience is defined as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” Humans are not immune to the day-to-day stressors, adverse outcomes, and/or pain, and suffering. Some may associate resilience with mental toughness; however, studies suggest individuals who are resilient, have better outcomes and are able to work through and/or cope with increased levels of stress, negative news, emotional pain, and suffering, when moments of inner stillness is incorporated into their daily activities. The earlier individuals learn the value and benefits of inner stillness and incorporate it into their daily activities, the more equipped they will be when dealing with potential adverse outcomes and setbacks. Further research is still necessary to establish a correlation between inner stillness and resilience.

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