Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose: in the present moment, non-judgementally. Jon Kabat-Zinn
It was Jon Kabat-Zinn who developed Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction an eight session group training program.
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression was developed from the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program by Segal, Williams and Teasdale.
The core skill of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapies is to learn how to exit and stay out of negative thinking routines. ‘Letting go mindfully’ means escaping from the constant search for happiness and of the struggle to avoid unhappiness. The aim is Freedom from our negative cognition (way of thinking).