Research on mindfulness has exploded over the past two decades, making it extremely difficult to stay abreast of the latest discoveries in this burgeoning field of science. Mindfulness teachers want to be able to point to this broad body of evidence, and mindfulness practitioners are curious about scientific research as it pertains to their own health and well-being.
In this workshop, Dr. Eric Garland, one of the world’s leading authorities and the world’s most prolific author of research papers on mindfulness, will help sift through the data to distill what has been learned about the impact of mindfulness on the brain, body, and behavior – with a specific focus on mindfulness as a treatment for clinical conditions including addiction, affective dysregulation, and chronic pain. To that end, Dr. Garland will detail biobehavioral findings from the past 10 years of his own clinical research on Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement as a treatment for opioid misuse and addiction.
In addition to reviewing key discoveries in the neuroscience and clinical science of mindfulness, Dr. Garland will present several prominent theoretical frameworks to help explain how mindfulness enhances cognitive function, amplifies psychological well-being, and promotes the sense of meaning in life.
Finally, Dr. Garland will address the concepts of self-transcendence and nondual awareness as the final common pathway of mindfulness-based interventions.