n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Mindfulness in medicine : main article

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



  • Mindfulness practice exists at the convergence of human consciousness and science investigation.
  • Mindfulness practices emerge out of the desire to reduce human suffering.
  • Mindfulness is both a specific meditative form and a way of being.
  • Mindfulness is not the same as relaxation, although mindfulness-based techniques may elicit the relaxation response.
  • The three core cognitive components of mindfulness are intention, attention and attitude.
  • The cognitive meta-process results in a disidentifying from the contents of consciousness.
  • Neural correlates underpinning mindfulness are being elucidated in brain regions associated with interception and emotional regulation in particular.
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), the most widely utilised mindfulness-based intervention, has shown promising clinical results in initial trials.
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) results in significant reduction in relapse in patients with 3 or more episodes of major depression.
  • The mindful practitioner, grounded in self-awareness, is effective in attending to the full range of patients' needs as well as retaining sensitivity to their own well-being.

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