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Definition of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a learnable set of skills, involving ongoing, moment-by-moment focused awareness and openness to the here-and-now, without judgment and with acceptance.

John Briere

Paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.

Jon Kabat Zinn

Why we use Mindfulness as a tool in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

When practiced over time, mindful meditation offers an alternative to experiential avoidance and inattention and allows clients to relate to internal experience from a broadened perspective-as psychological events, rather than accurate reflections of reality (Batten, Orsillo & Walser 2005). The aim in using Mindfulness in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy would be to help the client to have a different relationship with his or her thoughts, feelings and memories. Mindfulness as a tool thus helps the client to “look at” thoughts, feelings and memories, rather than “buying it”.

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