Mindfulness Based Therapies
Mindfulness based approaches are becoming widely accepted methods for relieving symptoms related to many psychological issues including anxiety, stress and depression.
For most of us, our initial reaction to pain is to look around for someone to blame. Often we blame ourselves or ignore our suffering. We try to avoid pain and seek pleasure. Our thinking is often reactive and only escalates the very painful emotions we are trying to avoid. This usually increases our suffering, makes the painful emotions even stronger, and keeps us stuck in a pattern of reactive behaviors. A cycle is perpetuated and leads to feelings of inadequacy and disconnection. We’re disconnected from others and from our own hearts.
Mindfulness based approaches are aimed at relieving the symptoms of psychological stress, negative mental states and physical pain. We begin with grounding and orientation practices designed to bring awareness to the present. Usually, with anxiety and stress we are stuck in the past or worrying about the future.
Mindfulness is a practice that helps us stay in the present moment, becoming aware of what we’re feeling in our bodies and in our hearts. We learn to notice when we’re hooked into our stories or reactive thoughts. It’s a centering and grounding practice so that instead of creating stories, getting lost in negative thoughts, or reacting towards others out of our defenses we attune to our own pain in a more compassionate way.
Some current psychological approaches that involve mindfulness practices include: Somatic Transformation (S-T), Somatic Experience (S-E), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MCBT), and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
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