Mindfulness

An exciting approach that is gaining momentum and acceptance in Western counselling approaches is mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to one’s mental, emotional, and physical experiences in a nonjudgmental way, in the present moment. Also critical to the experience of mindfulness is a spirit of compassion toward oneself and life in general.

How mindfulness works to reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing has received a great deal of scholarly attention recently. There are thought to be five mechanisms by which mindfulness may help you to achieve improved well-being:

  1. Exposure – by attending to unpleasant states, we learn that they are most often fleeting and not in actual serious danger,
  2. Nonattachment – the act of attending to the present moment without desiring to change it has been shown to be related to improved well-being,
  3. Insight – recognizing that our thoughts and feelings are not necessarily accurate representations of ourselves or reality, and through such insight we may be in a better position to detach from harmful thoughts and emotions,
  4. Relaxation – attending to the present moment mindfully allows us to access higher level needs, and
  5. Integrated functioning – attending to our present state of being allows our bodies to better self-regulate and function in a healthy manner.

Our counsellors can help you practice mindfulness skills and learn to live more fully in the present, with a compassionate attitude.

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Mindfullness

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