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By Susan L. Smalley PhD, Diana Winston

Mindfulness—the artwork of being attentive with an open and curious brain to present-moment experiences—has attracted ever-growing curiosity and tens of millions of practitioners, who've come to the self-discipline from either inside and out of doors the Buddhist culture. In absolutely current, best mindfulness researchers and educators Dr. Sue Smalley and Diana Winston offer an all-in-one consultant for someone attracted to bringing mindfulness to everyday life as a way of bettering future health. totally current presents either a systematic reason behind how mindfulness absolutely and powerfully impacts the mind and the physique in addition to functional tips to enhance either a tradition and mindfulness in day-by-day dwelling, not just via meditation but additionally in the course of day-by-day stories, corresponding to ready in line on the grocery store, workout, or dealing with tricky news.

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Mindfulness as a State Despite the idea that mindfulness is an inherent trait influenced by genes, biology, and experience, mindfulness is clearly a state as well, one that can be changed through a wide range of experiences but may or may not last over time. A large and growing body of research demonstrates that mindfulness practice changes subjective and physiological states. The immune system gets stronger, as reflected by an increase in the number of cells fighting infection. Brain activity changes, moving toward patterns that coincide with calm yet focused states of attention.

Even though science is the dominant cultural paradigm in the United States, we believe that the ancient practices from the East can inform, affect, and complement life in the modern West. We hope to articulate mindfulness in a way that feels relevant for our times. How can a secular language, based in science, be used to describe what once was the realm of the mystics and philosophers? And practically, how can mindfulness have a positive impact on lives in the twenty-first century amid the technology of Blackberries, iPods, iPhones, and the Internet?

ALBERT EINSTEIN ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The authors would like to thank our editor at Da Capo, Renée Sedliar, for her insightful comments; Matthew Lore for bringing the project to Da Capo; our agent, Stephany Evans, who saw how this book might fill an important niche; and our wonderful copy editor, Cynthia Buck. Thanks to Jim Formanek for creating two illustrations for the book. We are grateful to the many readers of early versions of the manuscript who provided helpful suggestions: Marvin Belzer, Susan Kaiser Greenland, Lisa Henson, Ellen Meyer, Phillip Moffit, Paula Ravets, Roni Rogers, Olivia Rosewood, Donald Rothberg, and Amita Schmidt.

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