Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Mindfulness

  • Elizabeth PowerEmail author
  • Rik Carl D’Amato
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9166

Definition

Mindfulness refers to one’s ability to maintain awareness and see clearly what is happening in our daily lives in a nonjudgmental manner, despite distractions and interruptions. The power of mindfulness lies in its practice and applications. This practice is based on a Buddhist perspective of living in harmony with oneself and the world. Methods, such as mindful movement, the body scan, and sitting meditation, allow individuals to appreciate present moments. When mindfulness is not practiced, one lacks the understanding of their own mind and how it influences perceptions and actions. Mindfulness is a concrete way to be more in touch with yourself and the world through processes of self-observation, introspection, and mindful actions.

References and Readings

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  2. Kabat-Zinn, J. (2014). Wherever you go, there you are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life. New York: Hachette Books.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Legal Psychology (Psychology and Law), Neuropsychology, Clinical PsychologyChicago School of Professional PsychologyChicagoUSA
  2. 2.The College of Saint RoseAlbanyUSA
  3. 3.School Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional PsychologyChicagoUSA