Secular Mindfulness

Secular mindfulness

In the West mindfulness is becoming increasingly popular outside of its traditional buddhist meditative context and mindfulness-based courses and interventions are springing up everywhere, for clinical and non-clinical populations, including patients suffering from cancer or chronic pain, but also offers to managers and prison populations.

Scientific evaluations of these intervention programmes are becoming increasingly reliable and there is meanwhile no doubt that mindfulness-based interventions can be effective. However, there is still a long way to go until we understand in which situations which form of mindfulness intervention is suited best and what the underlying (psychological) mechanisms are that make mindfulness such a useful tool. The research is ongoing.