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People have been practising mindfulness for thousands of years.
Mindfulness was popularised in the East by religious and spiritual institutions.
The popularity of mindfulness in the West is rooted in Buddhist and Hindu traditions and can be traced t...
Hinduism is widely considered to be the oldest religion in the world. It initially arose as a synthesis of many religious traditions around the historical region that now makes up India. Then, in the 1800s, British writers started calling Vedic traditions Hinduism.
The earliest traditions,...
Buddhism was founded around 400-500 B.C.E. by Siddhartha Gautama, who became referred to as the Buddha. Since the Buddha's lifetime, it has split into several different traditions, including Theravada Buddhism and Zen Buddhism.
Buddhism and Hinduism share many commonalities...
Some mindfulness meditation practices, such as the body scan, are very similar to yoga as they both involve awareness of one’s body.
The origin of yoga coincides with the origin of Hinduism, and the recent rise of yoga’s popularity in the West coincides with the rise of min...
Jon Kabat-Zinn was the biggest influence on bringing mindfulness from the East to the West.
Kabat-Zinn founded the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training. Here, he developed h...
Mindfulness plays an important role in the greater field of psychology and positive psychology.
Mindfulness has become a tool for any practitioner’s toolbox. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) are used to treat a variety of patients. Min...
Very few mindfulness traditions are b...
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