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Introduction: The Science of Mindfulness and Self-Regulation

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Handbook of Mindfulness and Self-Regulation

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Mindfulness has Buddhist roots, but exists as a human potential independent of this philosophical tradition. To be mindful means to be aware of current thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a curious, nonjudgmental way. Mindfulness is closely linked with awareness and allows one to become better acquainted with the workings of the mind. It also allows one to appreciate that thoughts and feelings are just occurrences, ones that do not need to be acted on. The topic of this volume is the manifold ways in which mindfulness can support self-regulation, including both its inhibitory (e.g., to crave without consuming) and enacted (e.g., to consume with thoughtfulness) components. This introduction chapter makes the case that we often need to engage in self-regulation and that mindfulness can support these efforts. The chapter then outlines the scope of the volume and its contents. Eighteen chapters are grouped into four sections comprising cognitive, social, clinical, and theoretical perspectives. The chapter includes a brief overview of each contribution.

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Ostafin, B.D., Robinson, M.D., Meier, B.P. (2015). Introduction: The Science of Mindfulness and Self-Regulation. In: Ostafin, B., Robinson, M., Meier, B. (eds) Handbook of Mindfulness and Self-Regulation. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2263-5_1

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