Mindfulness means paying attention on purpose; in the present moment and non-judmentally (Jon Kabat-Zinn). It is a simple and powerful practice. Through systematic training of our attention, awareness and compassion, we learn to notice thoughts, feelings and physical sensations as they arise in the here and now and to meet our experience in a non-judgmental way.
In this way we cultivate clarity and insight whilst learning to interrupt our habitual unhelpful thinking patterns (i.e. rumination, overthinking) and reducing stress in our everyday life. The exploration of the interplay between our body and mind enables us to maximise our inner resources for coping, healing and growth.
A mindful approach in therapy
I believe by bringing a Mindful approach of present moment awareness and friendly curiosity to therapy, we can come to see ourselves more clearly and get a perspective on difficulties and possible ways forward.
In addition to using mindfulness in therapy, I run 8-week Mindfulness courses. The curriculum is based on the Mindfulness based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) and includes elements from MBCT (Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy). It is a highly participatory, practical, skills-based course that teaches you how to find more flexible and attuned responses to stressful situations balancing our problem solving attitude with a more joyful and nourishing way of living. Participation in a mindfulness course is not therapy.
If you are interested, please see visit www.lucid-living.org or contact me.
Learning mindfulness has been a life-changing experience for me. It helped me control my anxiety and deal with it much better. The body-scan is my favourite practice and I sit every day.P.M., course participant 2015