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Mindfulness is the cognitive skill, usually developed through meditation, of sustaining meta-attention of the contents of one's own mind in the present moment. Mindfulness derives from sati, a significant element of Hindu and Buddhist traditions, and is based on Zen, Vipassanā, and Tibetan meditation techniques. Though definitions and techniques of mindfulness are wide-ranging, Buddhist traditions describe what constitutes mindfulness such as how past, present and future moments arise and cease as momentary sense impressions and mental phenomena. Individuals who have contributed to the popularity of mindfulness in the modern Western context include Thích Nhất Hạnh, Joseph Goldstein, Herbert Benson, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Richard J. Davidson.

Clinical psychology and psychiatry since the 1970s have developed a number of therapeutic applications based on mindfulness for helping people experiencing a variety of psychological conditions. Mindfulness practice has been employed to reduce depression, stress, anxiety, and in the treatment of drug addiction. Programs based on mindfulness models have been adopted within schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans' centers, and other environments, and mindfulness programs have been applied for additional outcomes such as for healthy aging, weight management, athletic performance, helping children with special needs, and as an intervention during early pregnancy.

Clinical studies have documented both physical- and mental-health benefits of mindfulness in different patient categories as well as in healthy adults and children. Studies have shown a positive relationship between trait mindfulness (which can be cultivated through the practice of mindfulness-based interventions) and psychological health. The practice of mindfulness appears to provide therapeutic benefits to people with psychiatric disorders, including moderate benefits to those with psychosis. Studies also indicate that rumination and worry contribute to a variety of mental disorders, and that mindfulness-based interventions can enhance trait mindfulness and reduce both rumination and worry. Further, the practice of mindfulness may be a preventive strategy to halt the development of mental-health problems. Mindfulness practices have been said to enable individuals to respond more effectively to stressful situations by helping them strike the balance between over-identification and suppression of their emotional experiences by finding the middle point which is recognition and acceptance.

Evidence suggests that 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. Studies indicate that mindfulness meditation, which brings about reductions in rumination, may alter these biological clinical pathways. Further, research indicates that mindfulness may favorably influence the immune system as well as inflammation, which can consequently impact physical health, especially considering that inflammation has been linked to the development of several chronic health conditions. Other studies support these findings.

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. While mindfulness-based interventions may be effective for youth, research has not determined methods in which mindfulness could be introduced and delivered in schools.

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Fire, Flood, Zazen

Emotions, Monkey Mind, Composure, Mindfulness, Anger
Sep 04 2021

Forms In The Zendo and In Our Lives

Daily Life, Soto Zen, Bowing, Mindfulness, soto
Jul 10 2021

The Four Establishments Of Mindfulness, Part Two

Mindfulness, Anger, Four Foundations, Observe
Jul 03 2021

The Four Establishments Of Mindfulness

Mindfulness, Shikantaza, Consciousness, Concentration, Mahayana
Jun 18 2021

Beginner's Sesshin

Continuous, Mindfulness, Bowing, Heart Sutra, Kinhin
Jun 06 2021

The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Speech, Mindfulness, Karma, Concentration, Four Noble Truths
May 28 2021

Birth and Death, Part 2

Birth-and-Death, Building, Heart Sutra, Mindfulness, Ego, Zoom, Funeral, Interview,...
Dec 20 2020

Attention and Attachment

Birth-and-Death, Mindfulness, Ordinary Mind, Four Foundations, Daily Life, Book of...
Dec 12 2020

Dogen's Vow

Vows, Buddha Mind, Passions, Mindfulness, Four Noble Truths, true dharma, Book of...
Nov 21 2020

Public Dokusan 10

Composure, Mindfulness, Renunciation, Patience, Ego, Judgement, Gaining Mind, Greed,...
Oct 09 2020

Hunger

Mindfulness, Four Noble Truths, Four Foundations, Lay, Bodhisattva Vow, Greed,...
Oct 03 2020

What Do You Call The World

Book of Serenity, Echo, Mindfulness, Six Realms, New Year, Teacher-and-Student,...
Sep 19 2020

Ordinary Mind

Ordinary Mind, Mindfulness, Four Foundations, Describe
Aug 31 2020

An Appropriate Response

training, Mindfulness, Blue Cliff Record, Non-violence, Bodhisattva Vow, Vows, Peace...
Aug 01 2020

July 21st, 2020, Serial No. 02759

Karma, Don't Know Mind, Fox, Culture, Bodhisattva Vow, Ego, Big Mind, Heart...
Jul 21 2020

Effortless Effort

Serial: BZ-02724

 IPHONE recording

 

Posture, Continuous, Right Effort, Birth-and-Death, Mindfulness, Karma, Enemies,...
Jan 11 2020

Words of My Perfect Teacher

Samsara, Nirvana, Mindfulness, Posture, Interdependence, Mahayana, Passions,...
Nov 23 2019

October 10th, 2019, Serial No. 02706

Karma, Mindfulness, Practice Period, Precepts, Instruction, Buddha Nature, Peace,...
Oct 10 2019

Together Action

Intimacy, Four Noble Truths, Aspects of Practice, Culture, Hindrances, Observe, Bell...
Oct 05 2019

About the Shuso

Serial: BZ-02688

Sesshin Day 5

 

Practice Period, Bell, Tassajara, Posture, Cultivation, Mindfulness, Precepts,...
Jun 23 2019

Love

Hate, Mindfulness, Big Mind, Equanimity, Duality, Monastic Practice, Interdependence...
Jun 01 2019

Choosing Fredom

Mindfulness, Four Noble Truths, Intimacy, Obstacles, Instruction, Dependent...
May 04 2019

Four Focuses

Emotions, Gaining Mind, Mindfulness, Hindrances, Anger, Attachment, Buddha Ancestors...
Mar 30 2019

Taking Refuge

Impermanence, Heart Sutra, Conversation, Four Foundations, resistance, Mindfulness,...
Feb 09 2019

Three Turnings of the Wheel

Mahayana, Bodhisattva Vow, cognitive process, Vows, Gratitude, Four Foundations,...
Jan 26 2019

Zen Training

training, Practice Position, Posture, Instruction, Gaining Mind, New Year, Bell, Evil...
Jan 05 2019

Provider of Many and Varied Opportunities To Experience and Penetrate the Arising and Cessation of Suffering

Serial: BZ-02652

Rohatsu Day 5

 

Impermanence, Anger, Mindfulness, Monkey Mind, Vows, Demons, Greed, Happiness, Birth-...
Dec 06 2018

Magnanimous View

Gaining Mind, Big Mind, Right Effort, Mindfulness, Instruction, Impermanence,...
Sep 15 2018

Eight Awarenesses of Great Beings

Serial: BZ-02632

Study Sesshin Part 1

 

Mindfulness, Tassajara, Concentration, Precepts, true dharma, Bodhisattva Precepts,...
Sep 01 2018

Eight Awarenesses of Great Beings

Serial: BZ-02633

Study Sesshin Part 2

 

true dharma, Concentration, Mindfulness, Equanimity, Light-and-Darkness, Dependent...
Sep 01 2018

Ending Racism

Mindfulness, Bodhisattva Ceremony, Current Events, American, Happiness, Observe,...
Aug 25 2018

Questions of Old Age

Practice Position, Emotions, Equanimity, Impermanence, Mindfulness, American,...
Aug 18 2018

No Recipe

Passions, Mindfulness, Dharma Transmission, Anger, Happiness, Transmission,...
Jul 21 2018

The Therigata

Right Speech, Right Effort, Ordination, Humility, Mahayana, Discrimination,...
Mar 03 2018

Right Speech

Right Speech, Vows, Precepts, Karma, Four Noble Truths, Mindfulness, Bodhisattva Vow...
Feb 10 2018

Defying Gravity 2

Birth-and-Death, Dharma Transmission, Composure, Rinzai, Transmission, Culture, Lay,...
Dec 16 2017

Alexandra's Encouragement

Serial: BZ-02587

Day 6

 

Big Mind, Composure, Peace, Happiness, Describe, Mindfulness, Conversation, Doubt...
Dec 08 2017

Seven Factors of Enlightenment

Mindfulness, Equanimity, Concentration, Ego, Samadhi, Enthusiasm, Happiness,...
Nov 11 2017

September 9th, 2017, Serial No. 02571

Instruction, Posture, Birth-and-Death, Gaining Mind, training, resistance, Buddha...
Sep 09 2017

Jewel Mirror Samadhi Part 2

Five Ranks, Buddha Nature, Blue Cliff Record, Transmission, Oneness, Mindfulness,...
Sep 02 2017

Presence

Mindfulness, Monkey Mind, Current Events, Dragons, Enemies, Culture, Enthusiasm,...
Aug 19 2017

Mindfulness and How We Get Along

Mindfulness, Four Foundations, Culture, Peace, Gratitude, Vimalakirti, Enemies,...
Aug 12 2017

The Point of Zazen

Gaining Mind, Dragons, Demons, Beginners, Peace, Mindfulness, Rinzai, Samadhi,...
Aug 05 2017

Working with Our Mind

Mindfulness, Ego, Peace, Hate, Anger, Continuous, Describe, Culture, Lay
Jul 15 2017

Practices for Practice Period

Practice Period, Addiction, Humility, Renunciation, Daily Life, Precepts, Mindfulness...
Apr 29 2017

Original Buddhism and Beyond Consciousness

Karma, Fox, Posture, Aspects of Practice, soto, Religion, Mindfulness, Subject-and-...
Nov 19 2016

Five Hindrances and Seven Factors of Enlightenment

Serial: BZ-02499

Class 4

 

Mindfulness, Equanimity, Cultivation, Concentration, Hindrances, Perfect Wisdom, Four...
Sep 22 2016

Five Hindrances and Seven Factors of Enlightenment

Serial: BZ-02497

Class 3

Mindfulness, Hindrances, Equanimity, Samsara, Concentration, Bodhisattva Precepts,...
Sep 15 2016

Harmonious Life Straight from the Horses Mouth

Intimacy, Mindfulness, Continuous, Bodhisattva Vow, Soto Zen, Emotions, Intuition,...
Sep 10 2016

Five Hindrances and Seven Factors of Enlightenment

Serial: BZ-02494

Class 1

Hindrances, Mindfulness, Four Foundations, Doubt, Six Realms, Vows, Obstacles, Heart...
Aug 25 2016

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