Article / 30 October 2012 at 9:54 GMT

Introduction to Mindfulness Training

Head of Research and Innovation / Saxo Bank A/S
Denmark

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness approaches use meditation-based techniques to enable practitioners to develop the capacity to notice unhelpful thoughts and feelings and allow them to pass without being drawn into acting on them or continuing with them. These techniques have no religious or spiritual underpinnings and have been developed through rigorous research at the most prominent universities in the world.

Specifically, mindfulness is associated with general improvements in well-being, emotion regulation and coping with stress. Mindfulness techniques are commonly used to bring about lasting change in individual levels of awareness, acceptance, attention, and emotion regulation. Mindfulness training has proven effects in health psychology with respect to emotion regulation in the context of dealing with stress, anxiety and depression. Additionally, mindfulness training is associated with changes in brain activity in areas involved in decision-making.

This course primarily builds on established practice in a domain where there is significant evidence of success in enabling individuals to learn more effective emotion regulation strategies - cognitive behavioural therapy. You will be presented with 27 short lessons, which we recommend you follow on a daily basis. The course consists of a series of audio exercises and in the right side-panel you will find some accompanying tools for the course. We also recommend that you keep a small diary during course for your observations both while practicing mindfulness and for your trading.

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Note: The audio texts were developed and recorded as part of xDelia, a pan-European research project funded by the European Commission.

References:

Segal, Z. V., Williams, J. M. G., & Teasdale, J. D. 2002. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression: A new approach to preventing relapse: The Guilford Press.

Hölzel , B. K., Lazar, S. W., Gard, T., Schuman-Olivier, Z., Vago, D. R., & Ott, U. 2011. How does mindfulness meditation work? Proposing mechanisms of action from a conceptual and neural perspective. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6(6): 537-559.

Kilpatrick, L. A., Suyenobu, B. Y., Smith, S. R., Bueller, J. A., Goodman, T., Creswell, J. D., Tillisch, K., Mayer, E. A., & Naliboff, B. D. 2011. Impact of mindfulness-based stress reduction training on intrinsic brain connectivity. NeuroImage, 56(1): 290-298.

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