Where does Mindfulness come from ?

Jon Kabat-Zinn is an American medical doctor.

He became aware that there were certain patients that were not being completely healed or helped by the medical treatments available to them.

He developed a technique for patients suffering from certain conditions such stress and chronic pain in 1978.

It was called “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR”.

He developed this practice from a mixture of his own practice of Yoga and certain Buddhist practices along with his background in science and medicine. 

Briefly, the dharma is a word used to describe the Four Noble Truths articulated by the Buddha.

The first of The Four Noble Truths was the universal presence of dukkha or suffering. Therefore you could say the first Noble Truth is “There is suffering”.

The second was that the cause of dukkha(suffering), is attributed to attachment, clinging and unexamined desires.

The third was that the cessation of dukkha or suffering(caused by attachment or clinging)was possible.

And the fourth Noble Truth outlines a systematic approach to the cessation of suffering, known as the Noble Eightfold Path.

And guess what ?

Mindfulness is one of the eight practices of this path and its purpose in Buddhism is to alleviate suffering and cultivate compassion.

Mindfulness is a meditation practice that cultivates present moment awareness.

However, mindfulness practice is not a Buddhist practice insofar as saying that gravity is English because Sir Isaac Newton discovered it.

There are a number of applications of mindfulness in medicine that have been effective in improving peoples symptoms and preventing relapses, such as chronic pain, obesity, depression, diabetes, sleep disturbance.

I will be talking more about how mindfulness could help with those conditions in later blogs.

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