Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally. The present is the only time that any of us have to be alive- to know anything – to perceive – to learn – to act – to change – to heal. Jon Kabat-Zinn, ‘Full Catastrophe Living’
Mindfulness-based therapy and courses in Morden, London Borough Merton covering Wimbledon, Sutton, Croydon, Kingston, Surrey.
The core skill of Mindfulness is how to exit and stay out of negative (wonky) ways of thinking. ‘Letting go mindfully’ means freeing yourself from the constant striving of succeeding or achieving happiness, status or our hearts desires.
We all have times in our lives when we feel unhappy. We want more, we wish we were further along in our lives, we desire better relationships, we try to push ourselves to achieve more, to move beyond where we are at the moment. Sometimes, all that is needed is a change of mind, a change called “acceptance”. With this change there comes a sense of peace and a realization that a “change in our thinking “ has brought about the very things we were looking for all along !
The techniques of Mindfulness use meditations “The Body Scan“, “The Sitting Meditation“, “Walking Meditation” and “Mindful Movements” as well as other therapeutic techniques includingCognitive Behavioural Therapy” to cause this shift in thinking (cognition).
Mindfulness is a part of Buddhist philosophy, but it is not a religion unto itself. You do not have to hold any religious beliefs or give up your particular religion or beliefs to practice Mindfulness-based Cognitive-behavioural Therapies. I always inform my clients that “You do not have to shave your head, take a vow of celibacy, live the rest of your life as a vegetarian or become a Buddhist as part of your therapy sessions with me”. I myself would make a terrible Buddhist as I do not belive in reincarnation and am a confirmed meat eater.
I discovered Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapies in 2007 when I was introduced to Traumatic Incident Reduction as part of my Professional Course, Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis. To be a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapist you must maintain and develop your Mindfulness Practice. Mindfulness is not like Mathematics where you learn the principles, rules, theories and fractions then parrot-teach them to others. Please ensure that if you are seeking a Mindfulness-based therapist or teaher that they are themselves still developing and continuing their Mindfulness practice, building on their knowledge, experience and insights into Mindfulness.
My Mindfulness practice has helped me deal with serious illness, bereavement and so many more of the catastrophes of living. It has enriched and changed my life for the better.