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ACT & Mindfulness

Mindfulness is not a process of cognition, but rather one of awareness: it encourages us to experience each moment as it happens, rather than becoming tangled in an internal flurry of thoughts and anxieties. Mindfulness is fast becoming an essential part of Western psychological therapies.

Popularly associated with stress reduction, calm and stillness, there’s now also clear evidence that mindfulness practice also improves memory, and enhances awareness, empathy and compassion.

An overview of mindfulness based therapies
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Mindfulness, though it draws influence from ancient Buddhist tradition, is fast becoming an essential part of a range of non-religious psychological therapies and helping people with a wide variety of physical and emotional concerns.

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ACT ~ Therapy for a meaningful life
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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, or ACT, is a cognitive behavioural model of psychotherapy which shuns the classic Western psychiatric concept of 'disorder' in favour of a view of the normal human mind tending towards destructive cognitive and emotional processes.

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Mindfulness and the brain
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It's popularly associated with peacefulness, calm, and stress reduction. But there's clear evidence that meditation also improves memory, increases awareness, empathy and compassion. These changes are revealed on brain scans.

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The Neuroscience of Mindfulness
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Professor Mark Williams, co-developer of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and research fellow at Oxford University, discusses the science behind why mindfulness works, in calming stress and preventing depression from recurring.

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