The future of mindfulness training is digital, and the future is now

Curr Opin Psychol. 2019 Aug;28:81-86. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.11.012. Epub 2018 Nov 28.


Digital mindfulness-based interventions (d-MBIs) present a promising path for the scalable dissemination of mindfulness instruction in the 21st century. Smartphone applications and web-based platforms can offer potential advantages over traditional face-to-face formats through enhanced accessibility, standardization, personalization, and efficacy of mindfulness training. A growing body of research has documented that a digital approach to teaching mindfulness can improve measures of attention, stress, depression, and anxiety. However, effective digital mindfulness instruction must overcome a variety of challenges, including the possibility of low engagement, shallow learning, and unaddressed obstacles or frustrations. Fortunately, best practices from multiple fields of research provide strategies to overcome these challenges.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Forecasting*
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Mindfulness*
  • Social Behavior
  • Telemedicine*