Mindfulness, moods and modes of mind? [videorecording] - London, Tavistock Clinic, 2009 - 1 video disc (80 min) - Scientific Meeting of the Tavistock Centre and Portman Clinic 9th March .

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Mindfulness is a translation of an ancient Pali word meaning a direct intuitive and non-judgmental awareness of internal and external reality. Such awareness is traditionally cultivated through meditation practices, and, inspired by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues' work in chronic pain, is increasingly being used within healthcare settings for promoting mental and physical well-being. In these settings, it is used to deal skillfully with destructive emotions, and to help people re-engage with moment-to-moment living. This talk will consider how such practices may affect the way we relate to our emotions: how the balance between 'automatic' and 'simulation' aspects of emotion create the conditions in which we feel compelled to ruminate or avoid difficult material, and how, in seeing clearly these processes, we are able to develop alternative modes of mind that mean that small changes in mood are less likely to have escalating effects. The evidence on its efficacy in reducing relapse in depression will be reviewed, including recent work showing that an eight-week mindfulness programme is equivalent in its effects to continued antidepressant medication.

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