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Monday, January 21, 2013

Mindfulness Research

 Overview of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a quality of human consciousness characterized by an accepting awareness of and enhanced attention to the constant stream of lived experience. 

Being mindful increases engagement with the present moment and allows for a clearer understanding of how thoughts and emotions can impact our health and quality of life. 

Mindfulness can be cultivated through meditation practice. 

Mindfulness meditation practices have been formalized in programs such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) as well as other programs. 

 Although mindfulness is an inherent human capacity that has been examined introspectively for millennia, scientific interest in mindfulness is burgeoning in the fields of medicine, psychology, social work, and business, as well as other areas.

Purpose of MRG

Mindfulness Research Guide is a comprehensive electronic resource and publication database that provides information to researchers, practitioners, and the general public on:
  1. the scientific study of mindfulness, including:
    • a database of research publications in the area of mindfulness
    • measurement tools to operationalize mindfulness
    • interventions incorporating mindfulness techniques
    • universities and centers conducting mindfulness research
  2. and publishes Mindfulness Research Monthly for the purpose of informing the latest advances in mindfulness research and practice.