Mindfulness

"Life can be found only in the present moment. 
The past is gone, the future is not yet here,
and if we do not go back to
ourselves in the present moment,
we cannot be in touch with life." 
-Thich Nhat Hanh

    Mindfulness meditation is one of the fundamental tools that we use in our positive change approach. Much like biofeedback, mindfulness teachings and practices work to connect mind and body.  This results in healthy functioning and wellbeing.

    Heralded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts’s Medical Center, mindfulness for stress reduction is based on the philosophy that we can train our minds to be aware of the present moment.  This means that we learn to let go of preoccupations with the past and ruminations about the future.  We learn to value the present moment as our teacher and guide.  Mindfulness is not only a philosophy, but also a practice that involves learning skills that foster open communication between the mind and body.

    While mindfulness is woven into psychotherapy with Dr. Berry and biofeedback, we also offer stand- alone mindfulness focused education and practice.  Due to special requests, we occasionally offer one and two day mindfulness retreats held in natural settings.


The core of the mindfulness program can be explained in three steps:

Step 1: Goal Setting
        
    We first establish where you are and where you want to be.  It's a process of asking questions like, "What do I want out of life?" and "What changes do I want to make?" We then establish a baseline of your current physiology and how you handle stress.  Next we outline a strategic plan giving the tools you need to reach your goals, and the level of commitment from you that is necessary to reach your goals.

Step 2: Movement/Action

    Our mindfulness approach is centered around the concept of awareness.  We aim to increase one's sense of body, mental, and emotional awareness.  We do this by using the techniques of:

  • Sensory awareness
  • Mindful attention
  • Mindful breathing
  • Mindful walking and mindful eating
  • Body scan
  • Sitting meditation
  • Self-inquiry meditation

    Learning these techniques, the mind and body start working together to help you direct your energies towards positive change.

Step 3: Follow through/Results

    This third phase of a client's process is about applying the tools in order to see change in one's lifestyle.  Clients in our program have learned how to control or "self-regulate" high blood pressure, anxiety, headaches, stomach problems (IBS, digestion issues), panic attacks, neck and back pain, and sleep problems.  These changes are great, and worthwhile of celebration. 

 
 
 
       

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