The Refugees of Mindfulness: Rethinking Psychology’s Experiment with Meditation

A well-thought through article on informed consent and the impact of mindfulness meditation in clinical settings.

Aloha Dharma

“Jill” is 32 and works as a lawyer in the southwest. She wrote to me explaining that during her meditation she sometimes feels a panic attack coming on and has disturbing mental images. She cannot control it and does not know what she is doing wrong. When we talk for the first time I ask her when it began. “It started a few months after my therapist taught me mindfulness…”

file000351809409Third wave Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the marriage of modern psychology and ancient buddhist meditation. It has grown rapidly in the past decade, and many psychologists and meditation teachers are enthusiastic about the development, seeing it as a blend of the very best of eastern wisdom with western psychological science. Third wave CBT goes under a variety of names such as Mindfulness-Based CBT (MBCBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). There are…

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One thought on “The Refugees of Mindfulness: Rethinking Psychology’s Experiment with Meditation

  1. H Lynette, I have often wondered about this. I know very little about the application of mindfulness meditation as part of a therapeutic practice but common sense would dictate that it might surface the “dark night”. Worth the broader discussion amongst practitioners along with the commensurate caution and care in its use as a tool. Very interesting read. I am curious about the various stages of insight. I’m looking forward to learning more! Thanks for the article. Dorothy

    Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:39:30 +0000 To: dorothybaker@outlook.com

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