Mindfulness is the state of achieving moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and our environment. Through therapy and practice, it is possible to achieve a state of mindfulness at any stressful or important moment, allowing an individual to calmly and intentionally choose their responses, rather than simply reacting.
Practicing mindfulness is more than a therapy for trauma, PTSD, and anxiety. Through the power of self-awareness and intentional action, mindfulness is also an empowering tool for executives, leaders, and decision-makers. With active and open attention on the present moment, we can all be awakened to our own experience, achieve mental clarity, and connect with others in a more powerful way.
What Does It Mean to Be Mindful?
Learning how to practice mindfulness meditation starts with these steps, often as part of a guided therapy session:
- Releasing thoughts, feelings, and anxiety associated with past experiences or concerns about the future.
- Focusing on and maintaining awareness of what the body, mind, and spirit are experiencing in the present moment.
- Recognizing and accepting one’s own thoughts, emotions, and sensations while refraining from passing judgment on them.
What Are the Benefits of Mindfulness Therapy?
The effectiveness of mindfulness-based therapy is supported by research.1 Some of the beneficial effects of mindfulness techniques include:
- Treatment for somatization disorder
- Reduction of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptoms
- Treatment for pain, depression, and anxiety
- Improvement of self-reported quality of life
- Stress reduction
- Performance enhancement
How Does Mindfulness Work with Other Therapies?
Once the basics of mindfulness-based stress reduction and meditation are mastered, it becomes a daily practice in short pauses. By bringing mindfulness exercises into everyday life, it supports the effectiveness of both body-based (somatic) and cognitive therapies.
Some of these integrated treatments include:
- Mindfulness-based interventions aimed at stress, pain, and physical or mental health concerns.
- DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) which uses mindfulness in the treatment of suicidal thoughts, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and substance dependence.
- ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) which is used to treat anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and psychosis.
- MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) also uses mindfulness techniques in the treatment of bipolar disorder, panic attacks, ADHD, and eating disorders.
With Awareness of Your Needs in This Moment
At Serenity Trauma Healing Center in Malibu, CA we provide a full spectrum of mindfulness-based therapies and integrated treatments which are focused on your unique needs and experiences.
Bringing a holistic and evidence-based approach to the wide-ranging effects of trauma, pain, and illness, our therapists can help reverse those effects. Schedule an appointment today to bring the power of mindfulness into every moment of your bright future.