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Mindfulness and Children

Mindfulness involves a person’s acute awareness of their individual world. It is characterized by an intentional awareness of not just thoughts, but also emotions, sensations, and the person’s environment. The focus is not on the past or the future, but what is happening in the here and now. This entry reviews the concept of mindfulness, the reported benefits of acquiring mindfulness skills, and provides examples of mindfulness practices for use with children.

Concept of Mindfulness

Although the history of mindfulness is most closely associated with the Buddhist tradition, the concept of mindfulness is not a religion or even a particular belief system. It was actually introduced as a part of the mainstream culture in the 1970s by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Kabat-Zinn created mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), which is ...

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