Mindfulness is an act of focusing your mind, bringing your attention to just one thing. There are many ways to practice mindfulness. It is the opposite of multi-tasking. Mindfulness allows you to participate more fully in the experience of the moment, and ultimately, in life. Many people meditate in order to practice mindfulness in a formal way. Everyone can practice mindfulness, by regularly bringing their attention to focus on just this present moment.
There are many benefits to practicing mindfulness:
It allows us to give our minds rest, and to center ourselves. In our busy everyday lives, we seldom take the time to stop and breathe, consider, and center ourselves.
It can open our awareness to the world around us and to our deepest thoughts and feelings.
It can give us clarity and relieve stress and anxiety.
The What Skills
(These skills can only be done one at a time)
Observe: Just notice, like clouds passing in the sky.
Describe: Put words on it.
Participate: Throw yourself in, participate fully in the moment at hand.
The How Skills
(These skills can be done at the same time along with an additional “what skill”)
One mindfully: One thing in the moment, do just one thing at a time, focusing only on one thing.
Non-Judgmentally: Without assigning value, either negative or positive. It is neither good nor bad, it just is. What are the consequences?
Effectively: Doing what works.
As developed and taught by Marsha Linehan, PhD, founder of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
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