Mindfulness Matters

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.

Singing Bowls and a White OrchidMindfulness Skills

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.

For more information, visit the Behavioral Tech Website: www.behavioraltech.org

Turning Straw Into Gold, Psychology Today

Music and Videos to Assist with Mindful Relaxation