What is mindfulness?
A useful definition of Mindfulness is the skill of “learning to pay attention moment to moment, intentionally, and with curiosity and compassion”, given by Jon Kabat-Zinn who founded modern mindfulness in the West.
Evidence and Applications (Link to Evidence)
As with any drug or intervention, it is important to be aware of the current evidence and research. Mindfulness literature is in its infancy compared to other scientific fields, and there are not many large scale, long term studies looking at the effects of mindfulness. However there have been some landmark studies such as the PREVENT trial which have strengthened the case for mindfulness in clinical practice.
A Secular Mission
Although mindfulness has its roots in Eastern Buddhist religions, the current conception of mindfulness is a secular one, with no requirement or affiliation with any particular religion or faith.