There’s a reason mindfulness is a buzzword across many healing disciplines including psychotherapy. In its most simplistic form, mindfulness is a state of being present, in one’s body and awareness and noticing what’s occurring internally and/or externally. Many people have developed habits to keep from being present, sometimes with good reason, but with negative consequences that may include symptoms of anxiety, depression or maladaptive behaviors.
Mindfulness is achieved by training the mind, or reminding the mind, to focus on direct experience and results in the development of a greater capacity to work with disturbance and suffering. This ability to focus on the here and now, internally or externally, can have a positive impact towards our health and well being.
By simply focusing on breath, sensations or environment and learning to allow and accept feelings, thoughts and body sensations we are able to heal, engage with our lives and grow our capacity to be in the moment. By learning to utilize mindfulness tools through psychotherapy it is possible to feel empowered to take control of one's life and experience it more fully.
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. ~Jon Kabat Zinn