Stressed out? too busy for yoga? no time for caring for yourself? overworked? sad? Well this little nifty technique called "mindfulness" may just be the thing you need. My first exposure to this now "trendy" form of meditation, was through a therapy group called Dialectal Behavior Therapy, or DBT for short (this is a therapy originally created for people with borderline personality disorder, to help them recognise there emotions in situations and cope with them in a healthy way). Previous to this group, I had never heard of mindfulness. It is so important to mental wellbeing that they do round of minfulness in between each DBT group and now rehabilitation and meditation centers have bought it into practice, to help the every day person relax, feel grounded and more stable. Following is a brief summary of what mindfulness is, what it is helpful for and a few little techniques Ive learnt along my hospital and meditation course adventures.
- What is it?
- Who invented it?
- Who is it useful for?
- Those in high pressure jobs
- Those learning healthy eating habbits
- Those who want to bring more awareness in to their lives
- People suffering from grief
- People suffering with mental illness
- When can I use this technique?
- Mindfulness techniques to try yourself
The next step is to watch your thoughts as they appear and go away, rise and fall, just like your breathing. Take all thoughts in with the same ease. Watch your thoughts come to fruition, and ebb away. Try not believing your thoughts.
The best way to become mindful is to meditate. Whether it's for 5 minutes each day or more than an hour, it will help you become mindful of your breath, your thoughts, etc. During meditation, one sits on a chair or cushion, moving as little as possible, and focuses primarily on the breath or one's breathing mechanism is the primary focus. Thoughts will enter the mind, and they are gently but firmly pushed away, and focus returns to the in and out flow of breath. (wiki ed)
For more information on mindfulness: Self Compassion
Do you have any questions or an experience with mindfulness yourself? I would love to hear your feedback x