Are Mindfulness Meditation Techniques Becoming Mainstream?


Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are mindfulness meditation techniques becoming mainstream?

Most of the time you are lost in your thoughts, Your mind constantly chatters away, often dwelling on fears and anxieties. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to switch of this constant internal chatter for a while? This is where mindfulness can help.

The practise of mindfulness meditation techniques have been a part of Buddhism for a very long time but are  increasingly to be found in other contexts such as:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • As part of patient care in hospitals
  • As part of the education curriculum

What is mindfulness?

According to Wikipedia mindfulness is:

“A mental state, characterized by calm awareness of one’s body functions, feelings, content of consciousness, or consciousness itself are occurring within mind.”

Mindfulness includes developing an awareness of what your senses are receiving. For example, if you are walking down the street in your town, instead of being immersed in your thoughts be aware of  all your senses. This could include:

  • The feel of the wind on your face
  • The colour of the sky
  • The sound of traffic
  • The smell of the restaurant food cooking

As you pay attention to your senses you will probably find that you become more calmer.

There are many ways in which mindfulness is becoming more mainstream. Here are some examples:

  • Dr Rob Roeser of Portland State has embarked on a program to introduce mindfulness in the Vancouver State Education system
  • Jon Kabat-Zinn Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School teaches teaches mindfulness meditation techniques to help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain and illness
  • Mindfulness is used in some psychotherapeutic methods, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy.
  • Trish Bartley helps run a mindfulness centre at Bangor University as well working with cancer patients. She also looking at how mindfulness can help HIV/Aids patients in Africa

So although the roots of mindfulness are in Buddhism, there is no need to subscribe to Buddhist beliefs to benefit from powerful mindfulness meditation techniques.

 

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  1. Hello. I just wanna say that I like your post a lot. I’ve been practicing mindful meditation for 4 years now. Mindfulness meditation helps you collaborate your thoughts and senses which could help you become relax, calm, and have that peace of mind. I love mindfulness meditation. I use this as before and after my exercise routine.

  2. Mindfulness is defiantly a key to happiness. Good post.

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