Mindfulness as a concept and a process

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Kostanski, Marion and Hassed, Craig (2008) Mindfulness as a concept and a process. Australian Psychologist, 43 (1). pp. 15-21. ISSN 0005-0067


The use of mindfulness meditation as a therapeutic intervention has been strongly promoted in the last few years. To date there has been limited opportunity for open discussion and sharing of knowledge in relation to theory, practice or outcomes. The purpose of this paper was to provide psychologists with an understanding of the theoretical underpinning and evidence base for incorporating mindfulness practice into their lives and work. Primarily, mindfulness is presented as a cognitive style that facilitates development of a heightened sense of awareness of thought processes and emotions, and utilisation of this awareness to cultivate the ability to engage actively in being rather than reacting or doing. Further, it is noted that the learning of mindfulness meditation is believed to empower the individual to find release from depressive rumination, anxiety and stress in their lives. Current limitations, potential implications and contraindications of utilising mindfulness meditative practice are also discussed.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3767
DOI 10.1080/00050060701593942
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00050060701593942
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords ResPubID16460, mindfulness meditation, therapeutic intervention, mindfulness practice, release from depression
Citations in Scopus 48 - View on Scopus
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