When a psychological construct makes the cover of Time magazine, we in the field of behavioral health have to smile. Mindfulness as a practice has been around for ages, but it is finally enjoying the exposure it deserves.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, defines mindfulness as the practice of “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally.” It might sound easier than it is. Consider the last time you did just one thing at a time, or the last time you felt fully present at a point in time. In our frenetic lives, it’s easy to become disconnected from the tiny moments that make up the fabric of our lives. It’s easy to find ourselves judging our own experiences as “good” or “bad.” If this pattern becomes frequent and pervasive, it can result in suffering and mental health concerns. Mindfulness becomes a way of leading ourselves back to a place we all came from: a place of experiencing. At Insight, the principles of mindfulness serve as a foundation for all of the work we do. As specialists in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, we rely heavily on mindfulness both in our own practice and as a tool for patients. From mindful meal moments to mindfulness walks to experiential therapies, we find that helping patients slow down, take in the world around them, and develop the skills to accept these experiences is key to living a more vital life. Read the full article at time.com