Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness is straight forward and it suggests that the mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing, to the space you’re moving through. That might seem trivial, except for the annoying fact that we so often veer from the matter at hand. Our mind takes flight, we lose touch with our body, and pretty soon we’re engrossed in obsessive thoughts about something that just happened or fretting about the future. And that makes us anxious.
When we use mindfulness in counselling/psychotherapy we focus on becoming aware of our internal experience. Helping clients to observe and notice their thoughts, feelings and sensations with acceptance and without dwelling or ruminating on the story of their negative thoughts.
Mindfulness skills have many benefits which can help with:
- PTSD (post- traumatic stress disorder)
- Addictive Behaviour
- Disordered eating
- Physical problems
- Sleep problems