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PDF | Vol. 12, No. 2 (2016)

Mindfulness is everywhere these days, but what does it mean to be mindful? At its core, mindfulness is about staying in the present moment, noticing thoughts and sensations but viewing them without judgement or reacting without consideration. The simple act of pausing to reflect rather than react is in self-help guides, retreats, even workplaces and school. In this issue of Visions, learn what mindfulness is (and is not), how mindfulness might help, read how other people have tailored the principles of mindfulness to fit their own perspectives and needs, test out mindfulness activities, and find strategies to help you build mindfulness into your own daily routine.


  • Editor's Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • Mindfulness Meditation: Can cultivating a mode of non-doing do anything for you?
    (Mark Lau)

  • Using Mindfulness to Overcome Anxiety: A review of the evidence
    (Justine Cooke)

  • Is Mindfulness Useful or Dangerous for Individuals with Psychosis?
    (Tania Lecomte and Alicia Spidel)

  • Mindfulness—Practising Here and Now
    (Mark Sherman)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • Allowing Life In: Mindfulness as an alternative to alcohol

  • Moulding Mindfulness: How to maximize the practice of mindfulness for bipolar disorder wellness
    (Jeanne-Michelle Lavigne)

  • Getting Rid of the Hamster: A clinician’s journey learning mindfulness

  • Waking Up to Clarity, Wisdom and Gratitude: How mindfulness practice saved me from myself

  • “Get Your Motor Running, Head Out on the Highway”: A mindfulness journey
    (Alexandra Hillman)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Mindfulness as Professional Development: smartUBC™
    (Karen Ragoonaden)

  • Giving Mindfulness a C.H.A.N.C.E.: School program a successful antidote to anxiety for alternate education students
    (Justine Cooke)

  • breathr—a mindfulness app for youth
    (Paul Irving)


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