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World J Psychiatr. Apr 19, 2021; 11(4): 87-93
Published online Apr 19, 2021. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v11.i4.87
Contemplative sciences: A future beyond mindfulness
Javier Garcia-Campayo, Yolanda López del Hoyo, Mayte Navarro-Gil
Javier Garcia-Campayo, Department of Psychiatry, Miguel Servet Hospital, Aragon Institute for Health Research, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50009, Spain
Yolanda López del Hoyo, Mayte Navarro-Gil, Department of Psychology and Sociology, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50009, Spain
Author contributions: García-Campayo J and Navarro-Gil M contributed to the conceptualization; García-Campayo J and López del Hoyo Y contributed to the original draft preparation; García-Campayo J and Navarro-Gil M contributed to the review and editing; all authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare no conflict of interest.
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Corresponding author: Yolanda López del Hoyo, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology and Sociology, University of Zaragoza, C/Violante de Hungría, 23, Zaragoza 50009, Spain. ylopez.iacs@gmail.com
Received: January 20, 2021
Peer-review started: January 20, 2021
First decision: February 15, 2021
Revised: March 2, 2021
Accepted: April 5, 2021
Article in press: April 5, 2021
Published online: April 19, 2021
Core Tip

Core Tip: This paper reflects on the following subjects: (1) The efficacy and expansion of mindfulness in modern world-limitations from a scientific and a philosophical perspective; (2) The exciting times we are entering as a consequence of the marriage between science and contemplative techniques; and (3) Finally, the consequence of all these aspects–the birth of a new field of knowledge, the contemplative sciences, which includes mindfulness. They will offer humankind the wisdom of centuries of deep knowledge to facilitate the highest levels of happiness and connection imaginable.