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PresenceHow Mindfulness and Meditation Shape Your Brain, Mind, and Life$
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Paul Verhaeghen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199395606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199395606.001.0001

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What Is Mindfulness?

What Is Mindfulness?

(p.1) 1 What Is Mindfulness?

Paul Verhaeghen

Oxford University Press

This chapter defines mindfulness, describes reasons to be mindful, and looks at how mindfulness can be trained through meditation (viz., focused attention meditation, open awareness meditation, and heart practices such as loving-kindness meditation) and through formal mindfulness training programs. It also describes the methodology for investigating the effects of mindfulness, putting an emphasis on gathering effect sizes from collections of studies rather than looking just at the results of individual studies. It outlines the contents of the subsequent chapters and discusses the importance of the question regarding not only whether mindfulness works as well as the questions of how or why it works.

Keywords:   mindfulness, meditation, focused attention, open awareness, effect sizes, loving-kindness

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