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University of New Brunswick, Moncton campus, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Moncton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Aquino-Russell, C. & Perkins, J., (2018). Transforming Presence: Transcendental Meditation® Reveals the Spirit of Nurses. Research Findings Seen Through the Lens of Nursing Theory. Nursing Research Day, University of New Brunswick, Moncton campus, Nova Scotia, Canada. (May)Background: This qualitative research explicates Caritas-Veritas-Consciousness (Watson 2018) within the lived experience of doctoral nursing students practicing TM in deep relationship with Spirit/Soul/Source. TM is a simple, natural technique facilitating health and healing, grounded in Vedic traditional ways of being.Purpose: Spirit and science converge, enhancing understanding of expert nurses’ descriptions of lived experiences when practicing TM as viewed through the lens of Unitary Human Caring Science (UHCS) (Perkins, 2019; Watson 2018), an emerging consciousness of authentic truth and reality found in Caritas-Veritas eupraxis, the core and trim of nursing (Watson 2018). To embody and embrace Veritas is to act with “honor, goodness, truth, beauty, commitment, dignity, and nobility in service to humankind.” (Watson 2018, p. 22). The values of the good, the true and the beautiful, are evident in human-universe, as the whole of Unitary reality.Method: Giorgi’s (2009, 2003) descriptive phenomenological method uncovered the meaning of the lived experience of participants practicing TM, as written descriptions were viewed through the lens of UHCS (Perkins, 2019; Watson 2018). Exploring eupraxis of expert nurses shifts Caritas Literacy to Veritas Presence, uncovering more fully and clearly the values embodied in caring consciousness and sacred experience.Findings/Conclusions: When practicing TM, nurses found themselves authentically present and balanced at work- school-home, with feelings of bliss, peacefulness, and inner integrity foremost, potentiating the experience of sacred space amidst daily stressors, whilst care, compassion, grace, gratitude, and appreciation resided within. Illuminating expanding consciousness, Caritas-Veritas unfolds as eupraxis in UHCS.Summary ParagraphWhen practicing TM, graduate students were authentically present and balanced at work-school-home, with feelings of bliss, peacefulness, and inner integrity, potentiating the experience of sacred space amidst daily stressors, whilst care, compassion, grace, gratitude, and appreciation resided within. Illuminating expanding consciousness-Caritas-Veritas unfolded as eupraxis in Unitary Human Caring Science
Aquino-Russell, Catherine and Perkins, Joyce, "Nursing Education meets Transcendental Meditation ® (TM®) for Shining Light on Virtues" (2018). Nursing Faculty Scholarship. 49.