There are concerns that participants of some modern mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) are receiving a superficial form of mindfulness training. However, empirical investigation of this issue according to participants’ first-hand experiences has been limited. Thus, this qualitative study aimed to capture the first-hand perspectives relating to authentic mindfulness of participants who had recently attended an MBI in the UK. Ten adults completed a recorded, online semistructured interview. Based on a thematic analysis, the following four master themes were identified: (a) authentic mindfulness as a construct, (b) positive aspects of the training, (c) something missing, and (d) recommendations for authenticity. Although all participants experienced benefits from the MBI, they felt that the mindfulness training they received lacked spiritual depth. Implications for the design and delivery of MBIs are discussed.
Sapthiang, Supakyada; Shonin, Edo; Barrows, Paul; and Van Gordon, William, "Authentic Mindfulness Within Mindfulness-Based Interventions: A Qualitative Study of Participants' Experiences" (2023). International Journal of Transpersonal Studies Advance Publication Archive. 58.
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