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What is mindfulness?


Mindfulness is the monitoring of one’s attention as one tunes into present moment sensory information. It can be a sound , a sensation, the feeling of a physical movement or something visual. With practice it can be the awareness of the movement of thought. It can be a single focus or a multi-focus. You can be aware of the warmth of the sun on your face and the sounds of your footsteps. The art is to bring your attention gently back to your focus when you become aware that your attention has wandered.

Mindfulness boosts the brain


The theory that meditation can reduce stress, depression and even chronic pain is one that has been gaining in momentum in recent years.

So the BBC's David Sillito has been learning the art of mindfulness meditation in order to find out for himself.

After getting to grips with the activity, he joined some other devotees for an MRI scan to find out what impact the practice can have on brain activity.


 

How to meditate

 

Former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe guides you through a mindfulness exercise that he says will help you worry less, enjoy daily life more and get on better with the people around you.


 

 Mindfulness-Based Stress Management

Dr Craig Hassed is a General Practitioner and Senior Lecturer at the Monash University Department of General Practice. His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness-based stress management, mind-body medicine, meditation, holistic healthcare, health promotion, integrative medicine and medical ethics.

Craig is the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association and is regularly invited to speak and run courses in Australia and overseas. He is a regular media commentator, writes regularly for medical journals and has published five books 

 

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Dr Hassed has presented on Mindful Leadership.

 

Mindful Leadership

 
       

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She has recently become the Australian ambassador for the International Forum of Visual Practitioners and if anyone would like to chat about what’s happening in the field, she would love to hear from them!”

 

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References

For an introduction to the scientific evidence of the benefits of mindfulness, start with http://marc.ucla.edu/workfiles/pdfs/MARC-mindfulness-research-summary.pdf

Fredrickson, B.L., Coffey, K.A., Pek, J., Cohn, M.A., & Finkel, S.M. (2008). Open Hearts Build Lives: Positive Emotions, Induced Through Loving-Kindness Meditation, Build Consequential Personal Resources. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1045-1062.

Jencke, W. (2010). Meditative exercise. Positive Psychology News Daily. This following article has another example of everyday mindfulness as well as a number of additional references.

Johnson, D. P., Penn, D. L., Fredrickson, B. L., Kring, A. M., Meyer, P. S., Catalino, L. I., & Brantley, M. (2011). A pilot study of loving-kindness meditation for the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 129, 137-140.


Kristeller and Wolever (2011). Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training for Treating Binge Eating Disorder: The Conceptual Foundation. Eating Disorders, 19, 49-61.


 

 



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