Practising mindfulness

Mindfulness is a tool that has become helpful to mental health professionals. Cultivating mindfulness is a powerful practice in therapy.

If practised regularly, it’s a tool that can help us understand, stay in control and deal with our emotions in a healthy way. Mindfulness allows us to change our daily habit responses, by enabling us to stand back so we can choose how to act.

Therapists who practice mindfulness themselves have better outcomes with their patients even if it’s not used in the counselling scenario. It has also been successful in treating many mental health struggles. Marsha Linehan integrated mindfulness practices into Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) with positive results.

Mindfulness has been proven to help individuals suffering with Bipolar and Personality Disorders. It has also been documented how mindfulness helps lessen recurring depression. Because mindfulness has been so successful, it has now been integrated into clinical practice with many therapists bringing meditation and other techniques into their practising methods.

When we continue to focus our awareness in the present moment, we contribute to repairing cell damage and that can lengthen our lives. If we understand how the mind works, we’ll be better equipped to understand our feelings, instead of allowing feelings to dictate our behaviour, or allow feelings to overpower us.

When we become aware of what’s happening in the moment, we can begin to recognise our thoughts, whilst we learn how to handle our thoughts. Mindfulness helps us concentrate better whilst reducing any conscious thoughts that tie us into upsetting situations that already add to high stress levels.

Mindfulness allows us to observe our feelings, thoughts and senses objectively. It must be observed sensitively, particularly in the early stages of praticising the technique, because it’s so easy to give up.


18 Aug, 2016

4 thoughts on “Practising mindfulness

  1. I don’t really understand how to practice ‘mindfulness,’ but I can see from you blog that it can have positive effects.

    I think it is about being aware of our thoughts and feelings before we act on them. Is that about right?

    1. Yes that’s right, but making sure we stay emotionally present without bringing other thoughts into our mind that can change the way we think and feel. In order for us to benefit from its health benefits we must continue to practice it daily.

      There is really no right or wrong way to practice mindfulness; it’s what works best for us.

  2. Thinking about this broadly, I see mindfulness as limitless as the universe; exploring how and when forever.

    Mindfulness is subtle, yet very revealing; something we all want literally to a certain extent.

    1. I personally believe we would want it, but don’t always know how to achieve it.

      Mindfulness reveals everything we need to know about ourselves and how the mind works. Although we don’t always know how to achieve it, I believe we’re not always comfortable with working at that level.

      It reveals a lot about ourselves and that’s what I think we struggle with.

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