… to reside as best one can from moment to moment in awareness with an open heart, a spacious, non-judging, non-reactive mind, and without trying to get anywhere.
– Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness has been around for a long time, reportedly dating back to 500 BCE, More recently it has been “rediscovered” by therapy researchers and individual psychotherapists. Today mindfulness is used in psychotherapy for positive healthy change. Mindfulness Meditation, Guided Mindfulness Meditation, and several mindfulness-based therapies are frequently used. Mindfulness is a skill that can be learned and practiced.
Mindfulness-based therapies include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Mindfulness meditation is a formal activity that one practices. Meditation can help promote general well-being. Mindfulness meditation helps us train the mind so that we are better able to consciously choose where we place our attention. This has great value in therapy since our thoughts affect our mood and behavior. Learning how to better shift our attention provides the opportunity for change to occur.
Guided mindfulness meditation is an exercise led by your therapist. An audio recording can sometimes be used for guided meditation. Guided mindfulness meditation is used in therapy for several purposes. It can be used to learn mindfulness meditation and some ways of using mindfulness in your daily living. Guided mindfulness meditation may be used by your therapist to help you calm the body and mind. Reducing stress and increasing relaxation are common benefits.
Your personalized treatment plan can include mindfulness, depending upon your therapy goals and personal preferences.