Arnold, Ashley M.
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Mindfulness practices originate from Buddhism but are becoming incorporated into the realm of clinical psychology with increasing popularity. Mindfulness involves bringing attention to the present moment with an open, curious, nonjudgmental mind. This helps individuals live in the here and now. By being fully present one can accept the current situation and learn to live a life which is not dictated by symptoms. Mindfulness interventions are part of the third wave therapies that include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). Mindfulness improves awareness of emotions and surroundings, creating a more enriched and valued life; and it can be taught through a number of techniques. Most mindfulness techniques require some sort of meditation. Although mindfulness research is still in its infancy, findings suggest that mindfulness can be helpful across many disorders such as borderline personality disorder (BPD), depression, addiction, chronic pain, and stress.