Mindfulness is now a household term yet most people do not know what it means. This is bolstered by the fact that different experts define it differently. The Tibetan word is ‘tenpa,’ which can also be translated as ‘remember.’ ‘Present moment awareness’ is the essence of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition. He developed MBSR – Mindfulness-based stress reduction to treat chronically ill patients suffering pain, which has been highly successful. There are now many MBSR training programs. Teasdale, Williams, and Segal developed MBCT – Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in an attempt to interrupt automatic cognitive processes in depressed people. They teach participants to focus less on reacting to incoming stimuli, and instead accepting and observing them without judgment. They are quite successful at reducing relapses of depression. In both approaches meditation becomes a vehicle to focus awareness, non-judgmentally. Next time we’ll discuss the role of meditation in all of this.
Mar. 28, 2019 Mindfulness Training for Educators “Illuminating the Path for Future Japanese Education of Healthy Young Adults “ Dr. Barry Kerzin will teach educators in Japan. We would be happy if you could join […]
We’ve rested the body. Now let’s learn to rest the mind. This is crucial for good physical and mental health, let alone inner peace. There are different levels of resting the mind. First, we just […]
One very important approach to resilience is mindfulness. There is Mindfulness with a capital “M,” and mindfulness with a small “m.” Mindfulness with a capital “M” is observing our inner life of thoughts and feelings […]