Mindfulness means being attentive “in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
The idea is to relax more completely and to appreciate the world around us, the ordinary truths that take place every moment. Mindfulness can help us deal with feelings of fear, grief, disappointment, embarrassment and rejection in ways that helps us see our “thinking” and our responses with some compassion. By focusing on what’s happening in the present moment our awareness of both pain and pleasure, confusion and insight helps us to deal with our life situations from a more peaceful, effective place. Usually people find they can handle or experience those upsetting feelings that they’d normally avoid – and are surprised at how a smidgen of compassion for oneself, and others can make such a big difference.
In my conversations with people I integrate mindfulness practice and principles. Mindfulness practices are useful for increasing a person’s ability to have deeper, more accurate and more compassionate acceptance of self and others. In my own life I find it helps so much. Together with other therapeutic approaches it can offer help to individuals, families, and couples struggling to cope with intense emotions, impulsive or difficult-to-control behaviors, anxiety, depression, and many other difficulties. At the same time, a mindfulness approach can help those who do not have significant problems to strengthen and deepen their relationships with themselves, their loved ones, and others.