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