How Mindfulness Training Can Make Your Life Better

Over the weekend I attended a workshop on mindfulness taught by Dr. Ronald Siegel. Mindfulness psychotherapy derives from Buddhist psychology. Dr. Siegel has been practicing and teaching mindfulness to patients for many years, even before it was considered okay to mention Buddhism in medical circles. He is part of a small group of pioneers, including Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn, who have advocated including mindfulness practice in medicine since the 1980s. Now, backed up by an increasing body of well documented research, the medical world is better prepared to accept the notion that our minds are an even more powerful health component than believed, and that learning how to access and use that power facilitates physical and emotional healing, and increases our overall capacity for happiness.