As mindfulness and the practice of mindfulness meditation continue to grow in popularity as a practical means to relieve symptoms associated with many physical ailments and psychological disorders, it’s no surprise that those educational institutions known for their cutting edge research and progressive thinking would take notice.
Take for example this recent post from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. According to Sandra Gray, mindfulness and meditation are not only used as therapeutic interventions, but doctors and clinicians alike use the practice of mindfulness when treating their patients.
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally,” wrote Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, professor emeritus of medicine and founder of the internationally renowned Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at UMass Medical School. Mindfulness is a therapeutic physiological state that can be achieved through a variety of practices and techniques that can be taught and learned, making it a powerful tool for individuals struggling with mental illness, as well as a beneficial personal practice for clinicians who treat them.
Known as a worldwide mecca for mindfulness in medicine, UMass Medical School was an appealing destination for the many behavioral health care providers and consumers who attended the 27th annual Public Sector Psychiatry Conference, “Using Mindfulness for Improving Care of Patients with Serious Mental Illness and Clinicians’ Self-Care.”
Read more here from Gray on how mindfulness and meditation are used at the UMass Medical School to enhance well being.