The mindfulness approach to wellness has a vast application within the world of therapy. Its universal application allows for its benefits of calmness and understanding to arise in a diverse range of clients. The mind and body are strongly connected, and therapists who take a mindfulness approach encourage their clients to strengthen this connection. By knowing the brain health of a client, a therapist can utilize the mind body connection in virtually all forms of therapy to help the client address stress and come to terms with their feelings and emotions. The body’s reaction to stress is a fairly universal one.
The meta-analysis included 20 studies which met the inclusion criteria for this meta-analysis. Studies included clinical populations with a variety of diagnoses including cancer, depression, eating disorders, chronic pain. The studies included controlled and observational studies. Study findings indicated that “the consistent and relatively strong level across very different types of sample indicate that mindfulness training might enhance general features of coping with distress and disability in everyday life, as well as under more extraordinary conditions of serious disorders or stress” (2004,
Barker (2010) describes how mindfulness originates from Buddhist traditions that have been practiced over thousands of years and can be part of many traditional therapeutic approaches. Mindfulness is about being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in the present moment, accepting them without judgment. Rather than habitually reacting to stressful situations, unwanted thoughts, or unpleasant feelings, it enables you to be a compassionate, accepting, and non-judgmental observer of
Furthermore, when we are not paying attention is the time when the mind gets up to ‘mischief’ in the form of worry and rumination which are at the very heart of anxiety and depression. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace. It teaches us how to use the mind in a different way and to focus on the things that are most useful and helpful in our lives thus helping us to live more consciously and fully. BENEFITS: MEDITATION AND ILLNESS: Research suggests that meditation may help such conditions as: • Allergies • Anxiety
In the perspective of buddhism, attention training is described in Buddhist term as calm-abiding or “shamatha” (Dorjee 49). It includes attention ability in shifting the attention to where we want to and staying focused with less distraction, as well as developing a nonjudgmental mind, acceptance, and compassionate. As for Western side, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn’s, the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, the definition of mindfulness is, “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” On purpose in this case means what we should be aware of, in the present moment means we should be focused at what you are doing now, and nonjudgmentally means not judging if the event is good or bad. We just notice it, experience it and let go ("What Is Mindfulness?”). From here, we can see that both Buddhist and Western side have kind of a similar definition towards attention or mindfulness training.
In the same way, both psychology and philosophy interested in the human mind and thinking and how these thinks shape the human behavior or belief. Some of the philosophical approaches are used in clinical areas like mindfulness (Buddhist Philosophy) or fundamentalism in order to understand the patients better and provide them benefits. Take mindfulness; for example, Solhaug et al. (2016) clarified that mindfulness method raises the peoples’ awareness to detect their psychological problems or recognition of their self. This method is appropriate for the clinical psychology as a treatment way to help the patients to solve their self-conflict by recognizing their emotions, needs or problems.
Meditation guides young people with depth and truth to their self-worth. And, when this happens, they become more connected and aware of what’s going on around them with society. It teaches young people to look at their anxiety/depression not with anger or remorse but as a reason to seek help.. For depression, it allows a young person to find that piece within them that seems to be missing or has a hole. What they fill it with will be different for each individual” (Eden Kozlowski). Everyone needs a mental break at some point from our daily lives to our hectic afternoons.
Scott and Barrie Davenport, which corroborates the information by these authors about my topics of interest from the book I am reviewing. Finally, I will explain how the information I gained from reading 10-Minute Mindfulness.. has affected my personal actions in the last month and for months and years to come both personally and for