From troubled couples to problem kids, mindful awareness to the rescue

Washington Post It Isn’t About the Trash Can explores some of the growing uses of mindfulness by psychologists:

In mental health terms, mindfulness is the awareness that emerges from focusing on the present and the ability to perceive — but not judge — your own emotions with detachment; it enables you to choose helpful responses to difficult situations rather than reacting out of habit. While Western thought separates religion and science, Buddhists see mindfulness as both a spiritual and psychological force.

Also check out the test for innate mindfulness. None of this stuff is earth-shattering news for anyone who has been practicing. It’s the mainstreaming of non-Western knowledge.