Mindfulness Pexels

What is mindfulness?

  • Mindfulness is a technique used primarily to manage stress, though benefits have been shown in several other conditions, including epilepsy.
  • It is described as “moment-to-moment awareness cultivated by purposefully paying attention to the present experience”
  • It is often practiced as a part of meditation, yoga, or other techniques such as “body scanning”
  • Mindfulness developed from Eastern culture, but since has been widely adopted as an important therapeutic tool

How does mindfulness relate to epilepsy?

How do mindfulness techniques influence the brain?

Where can I get more information or get started with mindfulness techniques?

  • Talk to your doctor or other health care provider. They may be able to provide you with resources to get started.
  • Check out websites like mindful.org.
  • Smartphone apps are available. Two of the most frequently recommended apps are Calm and Headspace.


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Authored By: 
David Taplinger MD
Authored Date: 
Reviewed By: 
Susan Vosburgh MSW, LCSW-C
Tuesday, September 5, 2017