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What is Mindfulness Therapy?

Updated on September 8, 2017


What Is Mindfulness
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Mindfulness Therapy

History of the therapy

John Kabat-Zinn developed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program. This became the basis of Mindfulness. Zendel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale expended on it.

Mindfulness can resolve psychological issues if you become aware of things in the present. Focusing on the past and future isn't effective in becoming aware.

Using mindfulness you can deal with stressors and distressing feelings. Using an accepting mindset instead of avoiding attitude.

How the therapy works in practice

Many other therapies are based on “doing”. In mindfulness, you practice by “not doing”. Observation is the main key in this therapy. By being mindful you interpret thoughts and feelings as just thoughts and feelings. It does not define who you really are.

Goals of the therapy

“Help you become aware of your thoughts and bodily sensations. So you will become better in management of day to day emotions and problems.”

The Role Of The Therapist

The mindfulness therapist’s role is to help establish a daily mindfulness practice.
The therapist will help you become more aware of the unhelpfulness of some of your thoughts and feelings.

Process Used In Therapy

Step 1: Automatic Pilot
Step 2: Dealing with barriers
Step 3: Mindfulness of the breath
Step 4: Staying present
Step 5: Allowing and letting be
Step 6: Thoughts are “Not Facts”
Step 7: How can I best take care of myself
Step 8: Using what’s been learned to deal with future moods

For which disorder it is best used

The most common disorders wherein Mindfulness therapy is being used are anxiety disorders, eating disorders and mood disorders.

Savor the richness of the moment.

Mindfulness is easiest to understand from its opposite: living a life on autopilot.

In the kitchen, while driving, at work - just think about how often you run on routine while your mind busies itself with the past and future.

Yet we all know from experience what it means to be "fully present". That is when we watch a breathtaking sunset, listen to beautiful music, or have another intense experience.
Our mind is quiet, we are all ears and eyes.

We savor the richness of the moment.

Mindfulness Therapy - The Mindfulness Approach

The Mindfulness Approach is successful and still growing. Mindfulness training is offered to people who suffer from stress or 'just' want to add more peace and harmony to their busy lives.
This means stress reduction, based on training attention.

In mindfulness training you practice the mind, you practice to pay attention. You practice to be present at this moment in time without thoughts about the past or worrying about the future.

Jon Kabat - Zinn, the American founder of the mindfulness training, defines mindfulness as "consciously present in the here and now, without judging."

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An evening with Jon Kabat-Zinn - Mindfulness Therapy

Mindfulness Therapy

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Mindfulness Research

Research shows that mindfulness is effective both in a "normal" population and in therapeutic settings.

Mindfulness provides a higher quality of life. It brings about positive changes in cognitive and neurobiological functioning.

Mindfulness also transforms the way people look at themselves and the world. It influences the way they respond.
This ensures that mindfulness helps with a wide variety of problems.

Several studies show that mindfulness brings about positive changes in a lot of different conditions.
Sometimes mindfulness proves to be even superior to other methods of treatment of certain problems.

Mindfulness Quotes - Mindfulness Therapy

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment.
― Nhat Hanh

“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.”
― Louis L'Amour

Mindfulness means being aware of how you're deploying your attention and making decisions about it, and not letting the tweet or the buzzing of your BlackBerry call your attention.
― Howard Rheingold

You have to remember one life, one death–this one! To enter fully the day, the hour, the moment whether it appears as life or death, whether we catch it on the inbreath or outbreath, requires only a moment, this moment. And along with it all the mindfulness we can muster, and each stage of our ongoing birth, and the confident joy of our inherent luminosity. (24)”
― Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

Becoming Conscious: The Science of Mindfulness

Neuroscientists Richard Davidson and Amishi Jha join clinical mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn to explore the role of consciousness in mental and physical health, how we can train the mind to become more flexible and adaptable, and what cutting-edge neuroscience is revealing about the transformation of consciousness through mindfulness and contemplative practice.


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Mindfulness Summary

With all responsibilities an average person has to take on today it can be easy to become overwhelmed.

If you find yourself rushing through the day or trying to do several things at once, it is easy for things to get lost in the cracks.

When you forget something or things don't turn out the way you want this can add to the stress you are feeling.

Making a point to be more mindful of what you are doing can help eliminate these stressors. So you are less likely to need to deal with these issues later.

Being mindful requires you to focus your attention on what you are doing and accepting the task at hand without judgment.

This means examining things with a scientific eye rather than thinking about how other people might judge you or the results.

This can help you drop outside stress while allowing you to producing the intended or expected result.

Techniques for Applying Mindfulness

There are several ways you can apply mindfulness to your everyday life.
You can combine or drop elements as necessary to find the techniques that best help you address issues in your life.

Many cultures focus on meditation. They use breathing exercises or relax their thoughts by letting judgments go and returning their thoughts to a more positive light.

They allow cravings or addictive feelings to pass rather than giving in to them.

Feel as the craving enters the body and try to focus on other thoughts so that it will pass like a wave passing over you.

Making a point of being more aware of your senses can help you remain more mindful as well.

Paying more attention to sensory information makes you more aware of your surroundings. You can use this information to feel more appreciative of the beauty or positive things around you.

Learn to accept this information without initial judgment. You'll notice this negative sensory information will lose its impact.


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    • raymondphilippe profile image

      Raymond Philippe 3 years ago from The Netherlands

      Thanks for your feedback.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Very interesting therapeutic approach. I could certainly see its potential benefits with respect to anxiety disorders, eating disorders and mood disorders.

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      Denise W Anderson 5 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      This is an interesting concept. I have heard of living in the present as a way of keeping depression and anxiety at bay, but this is the first time I heard it called "Mindfulness."

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Interesting Information!! I was unaware!! Thanks for sharing!!