(This question was posted by Frances S. on a forum in LinkedIn called: Mindfulness-Based Interventions - UCSD Center for Mindfulness)
And this is what I think about it: It must, because nothing else will. Here is why:
Mindfulness means a conscious attention to something. Usually we use it to watch an inner event like an emotional response or an inner conflict. This means that instead of being a part of the inner struggle, in which we support one side and fight the other, or try to fight against an emotion’s appearance, instead of these we are watching the struggle and are not participating. This is mindfulness.
By being mindful we align ourselves with awareness, which is our true self. If it is a good meditation, the energy of awareness, starts to be the only one who does the looking. All conditional looking (looking that is influenced by our beliefs) falls away. Anyone who experiences this will never forget it and will continually seek to have this experience again. There is something about this experience that feels so good that nothing else can compare to it.
This state in which we experience all appearances from the point of view of awareness is a healing state. In fact it is the only healing state. It is the only thing that can heal mental, emotional and physical conditions. Every time that we experience healing, it is only because awareness became the sole watcher, for some time, and our opinionated views fell away.
When awareness sees or experiences any emotional suffering, the emotional suffering dissolves on its own. Actually it always happens in this way, but we do not see it, as we mask over it and cancel its influence with our opinionated views that we identify with. If we continue being aware, we will be led, sometimes in steps, to the core of the problem, which is the first time that we chose to believe something that is not true to who we are. In the light of awareness, this core will dissolve too. This is the only way we heal. Therefore we will need to use mindfulness and invite, through this, our awareness to take over.
So will mindfulness save the world? Yes, because it is the only thing that can do it.
I don’t know if I explained it well enough. It is hard to describe it fully, because the state of awareness is wordless. Words cannot do it justice.