Experimental Approaches to Loving-Kindness Meditation and Mindfulness That Bridge the Gap Between Clinicians and Researchers

Christopher J. May*, Kelli Johnson, Jared R. Weyker

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Mindfulness meditation (MM) and loving-kindness meditation (LKM) are two broad types of meditation stemming from the Buddhist tradition. MM has numerous salutary effects in both clinical and non-clinical populations. Increasingly, researchers are also investigating kindness-based meditations. MM and LKM emphasize different psychological domains. Mindfulness practice cultivates attention, typically to the breath, with an awareness of phenomena arising in the body, mind, and environment. Loving-kindness meditation cultivates the affective domain as the practitioner directs heartfelt intentions to others. Because psychiatric conditions, such as depressive and anxiety disorders, involve both attention and affect, mindfulness and loving-kindness meditations may provide complimentary therapeutic interventions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMindfulness and Buddhist-derived approaches in mental health and addiction.
EditorsEdo Shonin, William Van Gordon, Mark D. Griffiths
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319222547, 9783319222554
Publication statusPublished - 1-Jan-2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in mental health and addiction


  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Buddhism

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