Mindfulness and contemplative approaches aim to relieve the symptoms of psychological stress, negative mental states and physical pain. A topic of growing scientific interest and application, the current research has provided evidence for benefits in behaviour regulation, psychological health, and interpersonal relationships (Brown, Ryan, & Creswell, 2007).
The idea is that with practice, we can shift our focus away from the thing(s) that bring discomfort and craving via a process of paying attention, or “attunement”, by embracing a sense of uncertainty from one moment to the next, with less judgement and expectation for what might be occurring in the moment (Kbat-Zinn, 2005).
We all have the capacity to be mindful. It primarily involves cultivating our ability to pay attention in the present moment. The practice allows us to disengage from mental “clutter” and to have a clear mind, making it possible to respond, rather than react, to situations. This improves our decision-making and potential for physical and mental relaxation.
I very much enjoy those subtle moments when clients start to tune into what’s happening for them in the here and now. Not what the book says or what I say… but what they say, feel, think, and experience. At first, clients may experience mindfulness in the therapy room via the methods and techniques we may explore in session. Over time, this skill begins to permeate other parts of their life, bringing with it a greater sense of meaning and wellness. In the flow of their life the client begins to flourish!
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if the ideas above resonate for you or you would like to set up a session.