What is Mindfulness?


Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪn(d)f(ʊ)lnəs/


[mass noun]

1 Present Moment Awareness

2 A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.

Mindfulness is a powerful therapuetic tool and agent of change in the therapy process.  When we become more mindfully present, we experience and engage in our lives more fully and with more vitality. Fear and anxiety based thoughts of the future as well as depressive and ruminating thoughts of the past fade and lose their grip on us as we become more practiced at engaging the present moment.  Mindfulness is an Eastern philosophy appoach that has been used for centuries in healing (in Buhhdist, Zen, and other practices) and it is quickly gaining wide support in traditional Western medical and mental health fields as and invaluable and transdiagnostic therapeutic approach.  Visit the "In Office Counseling" page or www.mbct.com for more information.

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