Mindfulness and Meditation
Your Questions Answered
by Blaise Aguirre
March 2018, 125pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5296-1
$45, £35, 40€, A62
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-5297-8
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Despite numerous technological advances through the ages, the practice of mindfulness remains today almost identical to the way it was nearly 2,500 years ago.

This book is an approachable introduction to the topics of mindfulness and meditation as they relate to teens and young adults. The information, guidance, and resources offered make it a valuable tool for anyone curious about this trending topic.

Although mindfulness and meditation have been practiced for millennia, modern neurobiologists and psychologists are only just beginning to understand their full potential for improving physical and emotional well-being. Part of Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series, Mindfulness and Meditation: Your Questions Answered provides clear, concise information for readers interested in the contemporary practice of, and research behind, mindfulness and meditation. It explores definitions of mindfulness and meditation, offers solutions for successfully incorporating them into our often-chaotic lives, and explains their many practical applications and benefits for practitioners.

Each book in this series follows a reader-friendly question-and-answer format that anticipates readers’ needs and concerns. Prevalent myths and misconceptions are identified and dispelled, and a collection of case studies illustrates key concepts and issues through relatable stories and insightful recommendations. The book also includes a section on health literacy, equipping teens and young adults with practical tools and strategies for finding, evaluating, and using credible sources of health information both on and off the Internet—important skills that contribute to a lifetime of healthy decision-making.


  • Makes the subject accessible to readers by means of a simple Q&A format
  • Helps readers hone their research and critical thinking skills in a Guide to Health Literacy section
  • Provides real-world examples of concepts discussed in the book through case studies
  • Dispels popular misconceptions in a Common Myths section and directs readers towards accurate information
  • Points readers towards additional books, organizations, and websites for further study and research in an annotated directory of resources
Blaise Aguirre, MD, is an expert in child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy and is the founding medical director of 3East Girls Intensive and Step-Down Programs—unique residential programs for young women exhibiting self-endangering behaviors. Dr. Aguirre has been a staff psychiatrist at McLean Hospital since 2000 and is nationally and internationally recognized for his extensive work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders in adolescents. He has authored or coauthored several books, including Greenwood’s Depression as well as Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Coping When Your Adolescent Has BPD.


"Like other titles in Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series, this is a good choice for school, public, and consumer-health collections."—Booklist, July 17, 2018

"This book will be most useful for high school and college students seeking specific information about mindfulness, and would serve as a good reference guide for guidance counselors."—ARBA, August 29, 2018

Q&A Health Guides

All of us have questions about our health. Is this normal? Should I be doing something differently? Whom should I talk to about my concerns?

Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series addresses the questions and concerns of young readers on a wide variety of physical and mental health topics in an authoritative yet still accessible way. Each title follows a simple question-and-answer format that makes finding accurate information fast and easy. A collection of engaging case studies offers real-world insights, while a guide to common myths and misconceptions dispels the most pervasive and potentially dangerous misinformation about a topic. Each volume is rounded out with a primer on health literacy to equip readers with the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need for a lifetime of healthy living.
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