New to Mindfulness? How to Get StartedMindfulness is being used in schools, colleges and universities to help teachers and students to improve their attention, interactions with each other, and understanding of others.

Lawyers and judges use mindfulness to listen to and present evidence and reduce distractions. In other work settings, business leaders, workers and HR departments are using mindfulness training to reduce workplace stress, improve focus, communication, creativity and productivity.

And mindfulness is widely used in the treatment of mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety. It’s also used to assist people with medical conditions, such as diabetes, fibromyalgia, hypertension and insomnia and to improve the symptoms of stress.

If you’re new to mindfulness, you likely already have some understanding of what it is and its benefits. Now you’ve made a decision to try it.

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  1. I sometimes find two opposing forces in mindfulness training which I would like you to comment on. One is training people to be aware of the contents of their mind, emotional states and physical sensations. Two is the natural inclination and espoused benefits of distracting from negative or aversive states. This would appear to be adaptive as it then allows people to get on with what they need to be doing. I am aware of the argument that in watching, the intensity diminishes and that is fine but what is the reasoned theory behind this? Do we refer back to the Buddha and try to brush up our Pali to truly understand the mechanism involved? I try to sell the idea from Vipassana training but is this a trusted explanation in today’s scientific context?

    • Negative or aversive states are also contents of mind. Just notice without judging and return to the breath. Again and again. Yes, these methods come from Asia 2500 years ago but Pali would be baffling. Try modern teacher like Pema Chodron, she explains everything simply, in modern language. And good luck! -dave

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