"The only time you ever have in which to learn anything, see anything, feel anything, respond to anything, to grow, or to heal, is this moment, because this is the only moment any of us ever gets. –Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness is the practice of intentionally opening up to and more fully experiencing the present moment. It means noticing and taking in what you are experiencing in the present moment with an attitude of openness and curiosity. This may sound simple, but it turns out to be quite challenging. As human beings, we spend a good deal of our time "up in our heads," lost in thought, imaging what the future might hold, and reliving past events. We also have a tendency to fight with, or run from, our emotions rather than handle them with openness and compassion. Altogether, this makes it very difficult for us to be present and open, or "mindful." And when we're not mindful, we tend to be "checked out," chronically worrying, battling with our own thoughts and emotions, stuck in old and unhelpful behavior patterns. Worst of all, when we're not mindful, we aren't psychologically present for important moments in our lives.
As a therapeutic intervention with a growing body of research support behind it, mindfulness is a skill that we incorporate into nearly every aspect of treatment. If you choose to work with us, you will have an opportunity to learn mindfulness from experienced mindfulness practitioners, to use mindfulness to work with some of your deepest and most difficult psychological issues, and to bring mindfulness into your day-to-day life in ways that make life more rich and meaningful.
Guided Mindfulness Exercises