On a recent visit to Oslo, Jon Kabat-Zinn spoke about mindfulness. Much of it was good and interesting. But doesn't his suggestive (and very digressive!) style sometimes resemble mood making more than mindfulness?
Our awareness has a centre and a periphery. Meditation helps us work through emotionally charged thoughts by letting them pass in the periphery of our mind, while we repeat a meditation sound and thereby create a free mental attitude.