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Experts Say Mindfulness is Not a Fad

Check out this LA Times Article:
Mindfulness Therapy is No Fad, Experts Say
Looks like I might be onto something! ­čśë
Here are some highlights.

  • “There is solid evidence that mindfulness therapy, which combines elements of Buddhism and yoga, can relieve anxiety and improve mood.”
  • “Mindfulness therapy encourages patients to focus on their breathing and their body, to notice but not judge their thoughts and to generally live in the moment.┬á(Lucy Nicholson / Reuters┬á/┬áDecember30, 2010)”
  • “After combining results of 39 previous studies involving 1,140 patients, the researchers concluded that mindfulness therapy was effective for relieving anxiety and improving mood.”
  • “The treatment seemed to help ease the mental┬ástress of people recovering from┬ácancer and other serious illnesses, but it had the strongest benefits for people diagnosed with mood disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder and recurring┬ádepression.”
  • “Segal said mindfulness therapy could help patients avoid rumination, the process of endlessly chewing on incidents from the past. Rumination is a driving force behind depression, he said, and it just doesn’t mesh with mindful thinking. He also believes that by encouraging patients to focus on their current thoughts, mindfulness can discourage anxiety and worry ÔÇö up to a point.”
  • “Hofmann said most patients could pick up mindfulness fairly easily, but it’s not for everyone. ‘It takes quite a bit of intelligence,’ he said. ‘It’s good for people who like intellectual stimulation.'”

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