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This chapter opens with a discussion of the relationship of mindfulness to suffering and offers definitions of mindfulness. Next, various applications of mindfulness in psychotherapeutic practice are highlighted. The author also discusses the possible emergence of a mindfulness-oriented model of psychotherapy and the worldview of mindfulness. The chapter closes with discussion of the question "Does mindfulness matter to therapists?". (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Self-compassion is conceptualized as containing 3 core components: self-kindness versus self- judgment, common humanity versus isolation, and mindfulness versus overidentification, when relating to painful experiences. Research evidence demonstrates that self-compassion is related to psycholog- ical flourishing and reduced psychopathology. Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an 8-week training program, meeting 2.5 hours each week, designed to help participants cultivate self-compassion. MSC contains a variety of meditations (e.g., loving-kindness, affectionate breathing) as well as informal prac- tices for use in daily life (e.g., soothing touch, self-compassionate letter writing). A detailed clinical case illustrates the journey of a client through the 8 weeks of MSC training, describing the key features of each session and the client’s response.