Buddhist Thought Pioneer Mark Epstein Has a Message for Therapists
By Ryan Howes - For psychiatrist and bestselling author Mark Epstein, a state of mindfulness isn’t just a prescription for quieting an anxious mind: it’s an introductory phase to a much deeper process of healing and enlightenment. In the following interview, he breaks down the intersection of Eastern and Western thought playing out in our culture today.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Brings Eastern Mindfulness Techniques to Western Medicine
In the late 1970s, before mindfulness exercises caught on in psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation was making inroads into the medical community. This was largely through the efforts of Jon Kabat-Zinn, who had adapted ancient Buddhist and yogic practices to create Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Why Meditation in the West Went from Being Relegated to Counterculture, to Becoming the Hallmark of Mindfulness Therapy
Therapists of the '70s and '80s saw meditation as either a fading hippie pursuit or a nonvaluable relaxation method. On the other hand, meditation teachers typically viewed psychotherapy as a “lesser practice” that couldn’t liberate the mind like meditation.
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