Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. (Mindful.org)
Mindfulness has been more commonly discussed in the U.S. over the past 5-10 years and its effectiveness in reducing stress has been researched extensively. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to improve one’s ability to reduce stress and overwhelm and improve one’s sense of empowerment in many difficult life situations.
Mindfulness is a simple concept and a simple action – to take minutes (few or several) to stop and breathe, check-in with our bodies, and be aware of this very moment. In our busy, multi-tasking lives, we rarely make time to stop and reconnect with our bodies and our breath, and to go from “automatic pilot” to full awareness of ourselves in the moment. Although it is a simple concept, we are not accustomed to engaging in this practice. Therefore, it can be helpful to have an experienced person with whom to learn and practice.
Feel free to ask me about simple ways we can practice mindfulness in session and then you can translate this practice to moments in your daily life.
MBSR -- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction was developed in the late 1970’s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., while teaching and working with patients at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to help them learn to cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness. His work let to the founding of the Univeristy of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society.
MBSR-T was developed by Gina Biegel, LMFT, in the early 2000’s after training extensively with Jon Kabat-Zinn and others to adapt the mindfulness training for adolescents.