Mindfulness

lotusMindfulness is the common name for a traditional approach to cultivating natural health of mind and emotion through clear awareness of the present moment.  Mindfulness techniques, based squarely on traditional approaches, have been tested in clinical trials and have begun to enter the mainstream of treatment for a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma and relational difficulties.

My mindfulness work is informed by the latest in clinical and neuroscience research, and based on over 30 years of dedicated practice and study of traditional mindfulness techniques.

What is mindful experience?

   Most people have had spontaneous mindful experiences – moments of direct experience of life that have a simple satisfying quality, uncomplicated by preoccupations with the past and the future, and free from burdensome attitudes about self and other.  Though it may seem elusive, this is a natural state, not a complex achievement.

What has gone wrong?

   A lifetime of mental and emotional habits and worries tend to obscure natural mindful experience, covering it up with an uncomfortable but familiar neurotic tangle of worries, regrets and expectations.  This tangled state stands in the way of satisfying connection with others, clear purposeful action, and simple enjoyment of everyday life.  However, through well-tested techniques we can learn to orient to simple, satisfying mindful experience.

How to fix it.

  There are many ways, in individual and group settings, to work with mindfulness to optimize mental and physical health.  Most clients can benefit from a mindful perspective in treatment.  Mindfulness training is a way to cultivate this natural ability to be present, which can lead to greater freedom from reactive patterns and an ability to address life issues with a lighter heart, greater clarity of mind and warm connectedness.

The challenge

  Though mindfulness techniques are simple, they are challenging because they run against a lifetime of reactive patterns. For example, habitual patterns of self-criticism can quickly intrude on the simple techniques, leading to a tiring or unpleasant experience and an avoidance of practice.  I work with each individual to identify and remedy such obstacles as they arise so that people with a broad range of issues and degrees of distress can benefit from the ease and precision of mindfulness practice.