Jay Winner article; NEW IDEAS ABOUT AN ANCIENT PRACTICE: NOVEL TECHNIQUES TO ENHANCE MINDFULNESS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY published in THE THERAPIST addresses the turning tide in current Western mental health practices. The piece articulates how many mental health professionals are beginning to teach and incorporate into their practices techniques to help a client “take a figurative step back from [his/her] beliefs and thoughts.”
Another forward move for Western mental health is happening at UCLA. In 2005, UCLA established the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) to investigate, evaluate, and promote “Mindful Awareness.” According to MARC, Mindful Awareness is the “moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental and emotional experiences.” UCLA has had success not only in treating depression and anxiety, but also auto-immune disorders and cancer. Give the article a read when you get a chance.