The sisters of mindfulness

J Clin Psychol. 2013 Aug;69(8):793-804. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22015. Epub 2013 Jun 17.


This article introduces the issue of Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session entitled "Beyond Meditation: Mindfulness-Related Clinical Practices." In the article, I describe how the "sisters of mindfulness"-forgiveness, gratitude, loving-kindness, compassion, acceptance, and best-self visualization-are each interconnected and important forms of mindfulness as well as tenets of Buddhist psychology. Each of these practices reflect mental strengths that are being integrated into the brain's neuroplastic development as a function of modern day psychotherapy.

Keywords: Buddhist psychology; acceptance; compassion; forgiveness; gratitude; loving-kindness; mindfulness; psychotherapy.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Buddhism*
  • Bulimia / therapy
  • Empathy
  • Female
  • Forgiveness
  • Humans
  • Love
  • Male
  • Meditation*
  • Pregnancy
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Religion and Psychology*
  • Self Concept