Mindfulness

Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy for Depression, Anxiety, Stress Reduction, and Addiction

Mindfulness is the act of deliberately paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way. Therefore, it involves bringing the attention back to the present moment when it naturally veers into the past or future.

Mindfulness for anxiety, depression, and alcohol use disorder

Mindfulness practice causes us to be aware of the full range of our experiences, including:

  • sensory impressions
  • Secondly, thoughts
  • Moreover, emotions
  • And, physical sensations
  • Finally,  impulses.

Because we do not judge either the content or the processes of our mind. So, we become freer to observe it without identifying with the contents of our thoughts.

We are watching our experience as objective observers. So, we are not trying to change our experience in any way.

Attitudes that Support and Strengthen Mindfulness

  • Curiosity
  • Kindness
  • Gratitude and Generosity
  • Acceptance
  • Nonjudging
  • Non-striving
  • Letting Go
  • Patience
  • Humor
  • Trust
  • Beginner’s Mind

“Research now shows that the practice of mindfulness is profoundly healing, allowing us to tend wisely to the body, to listen carefully to the heart, and to bring a compassionate understanding to our mind and our world.”

Jack Kornfield, PhD

Some people have difficulty establishing regular daily practice. Therefore, it is similar to maintaining a physical fitness routine. Usually, it is best if you make the mindfulness practice a part of your normal daily routine. Moreover, try to do it at the same time each day, if possible.  Secondly, the important thing is that your decision to practice is not based on whether you feel a certain way on a particular day or not.

Moreover, you do not need to feel either relaxed or tense to practice–practice exactly as you already are.

Benefits of Regular Practice

Moreover, regular practice of mindfulness has been shown to improve resistance to stress as well as emotional regulation. So, it leads to greater success with changes in brain function. Therefore, it eventually leads to positive changes in the person’s behavior.

Additionally, mindfulness meditation may help with symptoms of depression and anxiety by helping an affected person. Moreover, to control ruminating or overtly negative thoughts.

Moreover, this type of meditation can help with depression. So, the patient may be able to recognize negative thought patterns as mere symptoms of depression, rather than the Truth.

With practice, a person can learn to accept feelings of sadness or worry. Therefore, as being only feelings and can refrain from harshly judging those feelings.

Moreover, other benefits that have been associated with mindfulness meditation include increased antibody production. Therefore, it results in stronger immunity, control of eating disorders, and improvements in sleep habits.

Guided Mindfulness Exercise

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Popular Press

TIME Magazine

January 23, 2014:  Mindful Revolution

New York Times

“Mindfulness is awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a sustained and particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Recommended Books

Mindfulness Finding Peace in a Frantic World
Mindfulness Path to Self Compassion
Mindful Way Through Anxiety
Mindfulful Way Through Depression

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