Mindfulness Across Spiritual Traditions

I have started explaining mindfulness and meditation to some clients in the context of their own spiritual tradition, when appropriate. The key words here are “some clients” and “when appropriate.” Careful assessment is needed ….

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As therapists, whether we are using DBT, MBSR, ACT, MBCT, MBRE or another mindfulness-based approach, most often we tell clients mindfulness evolved out of Eastern spiritual traditions when we introduce it.  We take care to explain that the benefits of mindfulness are documented with hard science[i] and mindfulness will be presented based on the science stripped of its spiritual roots.

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