In psychology, mindfulness describes a method for integrating eastern philosophy and ideas into western psychological theories and practice.  It entails fostering non-judgmental awareness of ourselves and our experiences by cultivating focus and appreciation of the present moment.  This process shifts our relationships with our problems, such that we develop a wider range of skills with which to approach life.

For instance, “cognitive-behavioral” methods are often successful in treating depression.  Still, depression relapse is common.  When clinicians incorporate mindfulness into cognitive behavioral methods, relapse rates decrease due to better daily habits of noticing and responding to stress.

Some well-respected authors on the subject of mindfulness include: Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ellen Langer, Zindel Segal, John Teasdale, Mark Epstein and Cheri Huber.

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