Authors: Malcolm Huxter
Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings Spiritual And Emotional Health, Spirituality & Mental Health, psychotherapeutic
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: “Mindfulness” refers to the practice of being attentive to present moment experience in a focused, non-judgmental and open-minded manner. Evidence in the psychotherapeutic literature indicates that mindfulness is emerging as a tool for the management of mood and anxiety disorders as well as personality disorders. The aim of the following paper is to inform the reader about mindfulness as an emergent coping and psychotherapeutic tool as well as an ancient spiritual practice. To achieve this goal mindfulness will be defined and some empirical evidence about the use of mindfulness with clinical populations will be reviewed. Then the philosophical basis of mindfulness will be explained from a Buddhist perspective and possible psychological functions highlighted.