What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to whatever you're experiencing, as it's happening. Being mindful means becoming aware of your thoughts, your feelings and emotions, your behaviours, and your senses, in the present moment, simply recognizing them as they are, without judging them.

When you're being mindful, you're not being swept away by thoughts, memories, emotions, worries, fears, plans, daydreams and other distractions. You're mind isn't dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. You're attention is focused on what you're doing and experiencing right now, in the present, as it's happening.

 

How Mindfulness Can Help

Mindfulness helps you experience whatever is going on in your life without becoming overwhelmed. Rather than struggling to escape, avoid or suppress distressing or painful thoughts, feelings and situations, you're able to experience and survive these difficulties through awareness, understanding and self-compassion.

  • Mindfulness teaches you to slow down your mind and deal with racing thoughts, negative thinking, regrets, worries and fears.
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  • Mindfulness helps you tolerate and calm strong feelings and emotions without becoming overwhelmed.
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  • Mindfulness improves your ability to relax and deal with stress, anxiety and uncertainty.
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  • Mindfulness helps you experience unpleasant physical sensations and symptoms that often accompany stress and difficult emotions in ways that reduce distress.
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  • Mindfulness leads to greater self-awareness, self-knowledge and understanding, and self-acceptance, helping you lead a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

You can read more about mindfulness on my blog and on my mindfulness-based therapy webpage.

Mindfulness is becoming increasingly common in counselling and therapy. More and more research continues to demonstrate the effectiveness of mindfulness in helping people deal with a wide range issues including stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder and chronic pain.

I'm a Guelph therapist who'll work with you to find the most effective ways for you to practice mindfulness, and to work mindfulness into your life based on your individual situation and needs.

 
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© Guelph Therapist Greg Dorter
5 Cedar St Guelph ON N1G 1B9 Canada (226) 500-4086
 
 
I'm a Guelph therapist and couples counsellor specializing in counselling and therapy that helps people overcome depression, anxiety and panic, stress, low self-esteem, anger and couples and relationship issues.