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- Handbook of mindfulness: Theory, research, and practice
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Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh, PA. There has been substantial research and public interest in mindfulness interventions, biological pathways, and health over the past two decades. This article reviews recent developments in understanding relationships between mindfulness interventions and physical health. A selective review was conducted with the goal of synthesizing conceptual and empirical relationships between mindfulness interventions and physical health outcomes. Initial randomized controlled trials RCTs in this area suggest that mindfulness interventions can improve pain management outcomes among chronic pain populations, and there is preliminary evidence for mindfulness interventions improving specific stress-related disease outcomes in some patient populations i.
Handbook of Mindfulness in Education
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely bringing one's attention in the present moment without judgment,   [note 1]   a skill one develops through meditation or other training. Davidson ,    and Sam Harris. Clinical psychology and psychiatry since the s have developed a number of therapeutic applications based on mindfulness for helping people experiencing a variety of psychological conditions.
Clinical studies have documented both physical- and mental-health benefits of mindfulness in different patient categories as well as in healthy adults and children.
There is also evidence that suggests engaging in mindfulness meditation may influence physical health. For example, the psychological habit of repeatedly dwelling on stressful thoughts appears to intensify the physiological effects of the stressor as a result of the continual activation of the sympathetic nervous system and the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis with the potential to lead to physical health related clinical manifestations.
However, critics have questioned both the commercialization and the over- marketing of mindfulness for health benefits—as well as emphasizing the need for more randomized controlled studies, for more methodological details in reported studies and for the use of larger sample-sizes. Mindfulness practice involves the process of developing the skill of bringing one's attention to whatever is happening in the present moment. There are several exercises designed to develop mindfulness meditation, which may be aided by guided meditations "to get the hang of it".
Meditators are recommended to start with short periods of 10 minutes or so of meditation practice per day. As one practices regularly, it becomes easier to keep the attention focused on breathing. In a Buddhist context the keeping of moral precepts is an essential preparatory stage for mindfulness or meditation.
Mindfulness meditation is part of Buddhist psychological traditions and the developing scholarship within empirical psychology. It is often translated as "bare attention", but in the Buddhist tradition it has a broader meaning and application, and the meaning of these terms has been the topic of extensive debate and discussion. According to Bryan Levman, "the word sati incorporates the meaning of 'memory' and 'remembrance' in much of its usage in both the suttas and the [traditional Buddhist] commentary, and The term sati also means "to remember".
Sharf further notes that this has little to do with "bare attention", the popular contemporary interpretation of sati , "since it entails, among other things, the proper discrimination of the moral valence of phenomena as they arise. Georges Dreyfus has also expressed unease with the definition of mindfulness as "bare attention" or "nonelaborative, nonjudgmental, present-centered awareness", stressing that mindfulness in a Buddhist context also means "remembering", which indicates that the function of mindfulness also includes the retention of information.
Sharf notes that Buddhist practice is aimed at the attainment of "correct view", not just "bare attention". Garfield , quoting Shantideva and other sources, stresses that mindfulness is constituted by the union of two functions, calling to mind and vigilantly retaining in mind. He demonstrates that there is a direct connection between the practice of mindfulness and the cultivation of morality—at least in the context of Buddhism, from which modern interpretations of mindfulness are stemming.
John D. A number of Buddhist scholars have started trying to establish "retention" as the preferred alternative. Hayes and G. Feldman have highlighted that mindfulness can be seen as a strategy that stands in contrast to a strategy of avoidance of emotion on the one hand and to the strategy of emotional over-engagement on the other hand.
According to Brown, Ryan, and Creswell, definitions of mindfulness are typically selectively interpreted based on who is studying it and how it is applied. Some have viewed mindfulness as a mental state, while others have viewed it as a set of skills and techniques. According to David S. Black, whereas "mindfulness" originally was associated with esoteric beliefs and religion, and "a capacity attainable only by certain people",  scientific researchers have translated the term into measurable terms, providing a valid operational definition of mindfulness.
A quality of consciousness manifest in, but not isomorphic with, the activities through which it is enhanced. Several mindfulness measures have been developed which are based on self-reporting of trait-like constructs: .
According to Bishop, et alia, mindfulness is, "A kind of nonelaborative, nonjudgmental, present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling, or sensation that arises in the attentional field is acknowledged and accepted as it is. According to Steven F. Hick, mindfulness practice involves both formal and informal meditation practices, and nonmeditation-based exercises.
Since the s, most books on meditation use definitions of mindfulness similar to Jon Kabat-Zinn 's definition as "present moment awareness". However, recently a number of teachers of meditation have proposed quite different definitions of mindfulness. Shinzen Young says a person is mindful when they have mindful awareness, and defines that to be when "concentration power, sensory clarity, and equanimity [are] working together. According to American Buddhist monk Ven Bhante Vimalaramsi 's book A Guide to Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation , the term mindfulness is often interpreted differently than what was originally formulated by the Buddha.
In the context of Buddhism, he offers the following definition:. The first part of Mindfulness is to remember to watch the mind and remember to return to your object of meditation when you have wandered off. The English term mindfulness already existed before it came to be used in a western Buddhist context. Morphologically earlier terms include mindful first recorded in , mindfully , and the obsolete mindiness c. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, mindfulness may also refer to "a state of being aware".
In a paper that described a consensus among clinical psychologists on an operational and testable definition, Bishop, Lau, et al. The first component involves the self-regulation of attention so that it is maintained on immediate experience, thereby allowing for increased recognition of mental events in the present moment. In this two-component model, self-regulated attention the first component "involves bringing awareness to current experience—observing and attending to the changing fields of "objects" thoughts, feelings, sensations , from moment to moment — by regulating the focus of attention".
Orientation to experience the second component involves maintaining an attitude of curiosity about objects experienced at each moment, and about where and how the mind wanders when it drifts from the selected focus of attention.
Clients are asked to avoid trying to produce a particular state e. An ancient model of the mind, generally known as the five-aggregate model  enables one to understand the moment-to-moment manifestation of subjective conscious experience, and therefore can be a potentially useful theoretical resource to guide mindfulness interventions.
The five aggregates are described as constantly arising and ceasing in the present moment. The practice of mindfulness can be utilized to gradually develop self-knowledge and wisdom. Mindfulness as a modern, Western practice is founded on Zen and modern vipassana ,   [note 11] and involves the training of sati, which means "moment to moment awareness of present events", but also "remembering to be aware of something".
Sati is one of the seven factors of enlightenment. Mindfulness is an antidote to delusion and is considered as a 'power' Pali: bala which contributes to the attainment of nirvana. This faculty becomes a power in particular when it is coupled with clear comprehension of whatever is taking place.
Nirvana is a state of being in which greed, hatred and delusion Pali: moha have been overcome and abandoned, and are absent from the mind. According to Paul Williams , referring to Erich Frauwallner , mindfulness provided the way in early Buddhism to liberation, "constantly watching sensory experience in order to prevent the arising of cravings which would power future experience into rebirths. Rhys Davids viewed the teachings of Gotama as a rational technique for self-actualization and rejected a few parts of it, mainly the doctrine of rebirth, as residual superstitions.
The aim of zazen is just sitting , that is, suspending all judgmental thinking and letting words, ideas, images and thoughts pass by without getting involved in them. In modern vipassana -meditation, as propagated by the Vipassana movement , sati aids vipassana , insight into the true nature of reality, namely the three marks of existence , the impermanence of and the suffering of every conditioned thing that exists, and non-self. Vipassana is practiced in tandem with samatha , and also plays a central role in other Buddhist traditions.
Anapanasati is mindfulness of breathing. Anapanasati means to feel the sensations caused by the movements of the breath in the body. The Anapanasati Sutta gives an exposition on this practice. In a publicly available correspondence between Bhikkhu Bodhi and B.
Alan Wallace , Bodhi has described Ven. According to Buddhadasa, the aim of mindfulness is to stop the arising of disturbing thoughts and emotions, which arise from sense-contact. Mindfulness practitioner Jon Kabat-Zinn refers to Thoreau as a predecessor of the interest in mindfulness, together with other eminent Transcendentalists such as Emerson and Whitman: . The collective experience [note 17] of sages, yogis, and Zen masters offers a view of the world which is complementary to the predominantly reductionist and materialistic one currently dominating Western thought and institutions.
But this view is neither particularly "Eastern" nor mystical. Thoreau saw the same problem with our ordinary mind state in New England in and wrote with great passion about its unfortunate consequences. The forms of Asian religion and spirituality which were introduced in the west were themselves influenced by Transcendentalism and other 19th-century manifestations of Western esotericism.
Transcendentalism was closely connected to the Unitarian Church,  [web 6] which in India collaborated with Ram Mohan Roy — and his Brahmo Samaj. Suzuki , who attempted to present a modern interpretation of Zen, adjusted to western tastes. MBSR and similar programs are now widely applied in schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans centers, and other environments. Mindfulness practices were inspired mainly by teachings from the Eastern World , particularly from Buddhist traditions. Goenka in his Vipassana retreats, which he began in The body scan method has since been widely adapted to secular settings, independent of religious or cultural contexts.
Kabat-Zinn was also influenced by the book The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James  which suggests that religions point toward the same experience, and which s counterculture figures interpreted as meaning that the same universal, experiential truth could be reached in different ways, including via non-religious activities. Mindfulness is gaining a growing popularity as a practice in daily life, apart from Buddhist insight meditation and its application in clinical psychology.
Mindfulness focuses the human brain on what is being sensed at each moment, instead of on its normal rumination on the past or the future. According to Jon Kabat-Zinn the practice of mindfulness may be beneficial to many people in Western society who might be unwilling to adopt Buddhist traditions or vocabulary.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction MBSR is a mindfulness-based program  developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, which uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and yoga to help people become more mindful. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy MBCT is a psychological therapy designed to aid in preventing the relapse of depression, specifically in individuals with Major depressive disorder MDD.
Cognitive methods can include educating the participant about depression. Like CBT, MBCT functions on the theory that when individuals who have historically had depression become distressed, they return to automatic cognitive processes that can trigger a depressive episode. Mindfulness-based pain management MBPM is a mindfulness-based intervention MBI providing specific applications for people living with chronic pain and illness.
Acceptance and commitment therapy or ACT typically pronounced as the word "act" is a form of clinical behavior analysis CBA  used in psychotherapy. It is a psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways  with commitment and behavior-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility.
The approach was originally called comprehensive distancing. Hayes , Kelly G. Wilson, and Kirk Strosahl. Mindfulness is a "core" exercise used in dialectical behavior therapy DBT , a psychosocial treatment Marsha M. Linehan developed for treating people with borderline personality disorder. DBT is dialectic , explains Linehan,  in the sense of "the reconciliation of opposites in a continual process of synthesis.
This emphasis in DBT on a balance of acceptance and change owes much to my experiences in studying meditation and Eastern spirituality. The DBT tenets of observing, mindfulness, and avoidance of judgment are all derived from the study and practice of Zen meditations.
Mode deactivation therapy MDT is a treatment methodology that is derived from the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy and incorporates elements of Acceptance and commitment therapy, Dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness techniques.
Mode Deactivation Therapy was developed and is established as an effective treatment for adolescents with problem behaviors and complex trauma-related psychological problems, according to recent publications by Jack A.
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Mindfulness is the practice of purposely bringing one's attention in the present moment without judgment,   [note 1]   a skill one develops through meditation or other training. Davidson ,    and Sam Harris. Clinical psychology and psychiatry since the s have developed a number of therapeutic applications based on mindfulness for helping people experiencing a variety of psychological conditions. Clinical studies have documented both physical- and mental-health benefits of mindfulness in different patient categories as well as in healthy adults and children.
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