This will orient you to this extensive webpage, via some opening comments and brief descriptions of each section.
Opening Comments and Suggestions
Is this page for you? You'll have to see, but some of the people I'm hoping to reach andbenefit:People who are curious about mindfulness, but have read little or nothing about it andnever tried meditating.People seeking new ways to overcome childhood hurts, depression, addiction, andother all-too-human problems.Beginning meditators.Meditators interested in the insights of a fellow meditator who happens to be atherapist, clinical psychology and psychiatric neuroscience researcher, as well as ahusband and parent.Therapists interested in bringing mindfulness and meditation into their clinicalpractices.A message to those who will begin reading and find themselves thinking, "I can't seemyself doing mindfulness meditation practices, so I might as well stop reading now andnot bother coming back to this later":Simply reading this page (whether you try meditating or not) will introduce you to new,and potentially very transformative and healing, ways of thinkingabout, experiencing andresponding to your own emotional and other mental and brainprocesses. Just learning these concepts and perspectives (without ever meditating),has proved extremely helpful to many people, including those struggling with a greatdeal of emotional suffering. I can't guarantee that will happen for you, but I would liketo encourage you to take the time, at some point, to find out for yourself.A suggestion: If you discover that you are really interested in what you're reading,print the entire page. At 34 printed pages, it's too long for most people to read on thecomputer.
Descriptions of Each Section
What is Mindfulness? defines mindfulness by expanding on an often-quoted definition of Jon Kabat-Zinn. My elaboration speaks to struggles that we all have, with overcoming'bad habits' that cause problems and suffering in our relationships, our work, and themost private parts of our lives. My definition also addresses common misconceptionsabout mindfulness by clarifying what it is not.How Could Mindfulness Help Me? describes several ways that mindfulness can helppeople overcome habitual and automatic ways of responding to experiences that areeither strongly unwanted (from emotionally uncomfortable to traumatic) or stronglywanted (including addictive). These include loosening the grip of habitual responses