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KEY FEATURES: Material based on empirical findings as well as first-hand experiences makes the book a valuable resource for both guiding and inspiring readers. Connection of current debates with an analysis of the cultural healing practices of Far East Asian communities provides a critical point of departure for highlighting challenges and transformations within the field of health and mental health. Discussion of a range of issues makes the book relevant to scholars, researchers, practitioners, and students in training in the various health and mental health fields, as well as mental health clinicians, nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, and others. Exploration of research, theories, and practices extends beyond Asian groups to include all types of patients, clients, and groups. Chapter-ending discussion questions prompt readers ...

Integrating Mindfulness, Meditation, Buddhism, and Therapeutic Practices
9 Integrating mindfulness, meditation, buddhism, and therapeutic practices
Marco Mascarin

In the contemporary North American lexicon, mindful is often used as a descriptive prefix to any number of activities: mindful investing, mindful parenting, and mindful eating, to name a few. As a clinical term, mindfulness can describe evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, such as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) or mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). As a 2,500-year-old Asian contemplative practice, mindfulness meditation is an integral component of the Buddhist path that promises liberation from existential suffering.

Over the past few decades, the secular and clinical applications of mindfulness have generated enormous and ever-growing interest. Mindfulness has been the subject of thousands of research papers; empirical measurement scales with ...

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