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Mindfulness in Therapy

Mindfulness in Therapy

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Mindfulness
Tony Bates
 A simple way of relating to our experience, which can have profound impact on painful,negative experiences we encounter.
Characteristics of mindfulness
Involves:
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‘Stopping’
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Paying attention
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Becoming aware of present moment realities
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 Not judging whatever is happening as ‘good’ or ‘bad’
Definition
“The non-judgemental observation of the ongoing stream of internal and external stimulias they arise”. Ruth Baer (2003)“Keeping one’s consciousness alive to the present reality” (Thich Nath Hanh, 1976)“Mindfulness is simply the knack of noticing without comment whatever is happening inyour present experience”Guy Claxton (1990), p.18“In mindfulness we learn to awaken from unconscious absorption in thoughts andfeelings” Germer (2005), p. 11“By learning to set aside discursive thinking, and to see products of cognition as eventswith no special reality, we become familiar with the tendency of our minds to buildimaginary scenarios, which are inhabited as if they are real “ (Falton, 2005).1
 
Relevance of Mindfulness Practice to Emotional Distress
Creates a “holding environment”
Mindfulness gives us a safe “platform” from which to observe
Practice enables us to stay safely with distress until it disperses
Mindfulness steadies and grounds us
Mindfulness in Psychotherapy
1.Awareness2.Of present experience3.With acceptance(Germer et al., 2005)All three components are required for a moment of full mindfulness.
What Mindfulness is Not
 Not a relaxation exercise
 Not a way to avoid difficulty
 Not a way to by-pass personality problems
 Not about achieving a different state of mind
What Mindfulness is About
Being present to our experience however distressing or upsetting it may be
Brings us closer to difficulties but without becoming caught up in our reactions todifficulties
It is a slow, gentle coming to grips with who we are
Settling in to our current experience in a relaxed, alert, open-hearted way
Growth of Meditation & Mindfulness
William JamesHarvard Lecture1900Ram DaasBe Here Now1971Herbert BensonRelaxation Response1975American Psychological AssociationClinical Effectiveness of1977MeditationJohn Kabat-ZinnEstablished Centre for1979MindfulnessJohn Kabat-Zinn MBSR1990M. LinchanDBT1993Mark EpsteinThoughts Without1995A Thinker Stephen HayesACT1999MBCTJohn Teasdale et al.20002
 
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