What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is commonly defined as a type of meditation, where individuals practice being completely engaged in the present moment. It may also be defined as a state of awareness.
Mindfulness is rooted in Buddhism, and is an ancient spiritual practice. However, mindfulness has been integrated into Western Medicine and psychology in various ways. The introduction of mindfulness is linked to the introduction of Zen Buddhism in the 1950’s. As Zen Buddhism grew in popularity, providers began to integrate certain techniques into their medical and psychological practices.