Studies have shown that mindfulness can:
increase overall well-being
increase frustration tolerance
improve focus and concentration
encourage cognitive congruence
improve physical health
improve emotion regulation, and
even “re-wire” the brain to become more adaptive
1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
2. a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
Mindfulness skills involve the ability to be aware of your thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and actions—in the present moment—without judging or criticizing yourself or your experience.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn
Meditation is learning to practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is popular because it works. Although the practice has been derived from ancient Eastern traditions, it appears to be universally applicable and beneficial. Recently, there has been a proliferation of research on mindfulness based practices, and the research has shown many mental health benefits.
Incorporating mindfulness in psychotherapy is not a new concept. When you break it down, it means being aware, non-judgmental and in the present. Although it is simple to understand, it is often not easy to do. This is because we tend to get entrenched in habits that make us unaware, judgmental, and out of touch with the present. We live much of our days on auto-pilot. The result of these habits is increased dissatisfaction, a sense of time passing away without the feeling of really living, continuation of stagnant or unhealthy status quo. Taking a look at how we perceive and live our day to day moments can lead to an increased appreciation of life and a greater sense of well-being and connectedness. Small tidbits, like how taking a few deep breaths can help with anxiety or frustration, is part of our common cultural repertoire. However, despite the knowledge, it is difficult to remember and do. A deeper sense of what mindfulness means, and being exposed to practices of cultivating mindfulness, can lead to change, openness and ease of experience.
Although many religions have a mindfulness component (Buddhist meditations, centering prayer in Christianity, etc.), mindfulness itself is not a religious practice. It is simply cultivating a state of mind that is open and aware and flexible.
I use mindfulness resources and techniques as part of my counseling services. If you want to know more about counseling, click here. However if you are only interested in learning more about mindfulness and how to incorporate it into your life, I offer mindfulness consultations ranging from 1-6 sessions. If you come in for 1-2 sessions, it will be more informational and heavy on providing resources. The 4-6 session program will include all of the information but at a slower pace with more experiential activities. The consultation sessions are $100 per hour. You can schedule a consultation here.
I can also offer mindfulness groups for 2-6 people or come to your workplace or gathering to provide workshops. Please call or use the form below to contact me about setting up a group or workshop.