Psych Central

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.

2 Comments to
New to Mindfulness? How to Get Started

Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines. The comments below begin with the oldest comments first. Click on the last comments page to jump to the most recent comments.

  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

Join the Conversation!

Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines.

Post a Comment:

(Required, will be published)

(Required, but will not be published)


Recent Comments
  • leanna: I thought your honesty was wonderful. However I would like to point something out. When you said it is hard...
  • L William Yolton: Nancy Jensen had a moment to testify, and then had no follow up. She was isolated as the only voice...
  • BusyBee: I must have ADHD. Half of these suggestions I have done. It has helped alot. Thanks!
  • June Judge: We need this discussion. Why are we blind to those who become homeless or incarcerated..due to untreated...
  • Annie: My son was diognosed as having aspergis syndrome but we are now waiting to see the pediatrition again as...
Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter

Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code

Users Online: 14156
Join Us Now!