Zindel Segal’s TED talk is an excellent resource for understanding depression and the beneficial impact of a mindfulness practice. The following is an excerpt of Segal’s talk:

“When people are depressed and they are feeling sad. This is a symptom. But, when they are no longer feeling depressed, sadness can function as an important context to bring to mind judgmental, critical, and harsh ways of viewing the self that can sometimes tip people over into a new episode of depression and cause relapse… Mindfulness is the awareness that arises when we pay attention in a particular way. We are bringing our attention into the present moment and we are not judging what we notice… mindfulness enhances people’s ability to feel reward and to feel positive affect, positive emotions, in the course of their every day lives.”

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