Mind fitness can be enhanced through a variety of training techniques, but the foundational skill cultivated in both MBSR and our MMFT program is called "mindfulness." Mindfulness has been described as a process of "bringing one's attention to the present experience on a moment-by-moment basis" (13) and as "paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally." (14) Mindfulness differs from a more conceptual mode of processing information, which is often the mind's default way of perceiving and cognizing.
MMFT is based on the well-established MBSR course known to improve attentional functioning and reduce the negative effects of stress.
We recently conducted a pilot study of MMFT with a detachment of 31 Marine Reservists, who received the training before they deployed to Iraq.
Before and after MMFT training (before they deployed), the Marines participated in a battery of behavioral tasks to measure their cognitive capabilities.
Perhaps more importantly, 54 percent of the Marines said that they "used the skills learned in this course downrange," while 27 percent gave neutral responses, and the rest said they did not use MMFT skills while deployed.