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Bringing Mindfulness Activities into Your Therapy


Developing mindfulness is an essential factor towards a life that is free from stress, anxiety, and suffering. It will also allow you to distinguish knowledge and wisdom from other people as well as on our self. In a contemplative psychotherapy and the tradition of Buddhist, mindfulness therapy can be cultivated through practicing medication through sitting. However, there are a lot of examples of meditation; they can help us to achieve a relaxed state of mind or help us to create a heightened level of consciousness.


Different Types of Mindfulness Techniques and How It Can Help

Basic Meditation

Basic Meditation is the one you would be most familiar with. You will need to find a quiet place inside your house and sit. Slowly focus on the natural breathing or by focusing on a single word that you speak repetitively known as mantra. During this time your thoughts may come and go just allow them to flow naturally without committing any judgment. Return your concentration on your natural breathing or your ‘mantra’ word. Study shows that the basic mindfulness therapy can improve your satisfaction and fulfillment towards life. It also allows you to remove your worries and regrets.

Body Sensation

During this type of mindfulness exercises, you will have to notice the subtle sensations in your body. Any tingling and itching that you feel should be felt without any judgment. You will just have to feel it mildly and then immediately let it pass. Start to observe every section of your body from toe to your head. This mindfulness technique can help you relieve stress and reduce the chronic pain that you are feeling.

Sensory

The Sensory mindfulness activities are contingent upon the things that are happening around you. All your sensory perception such as your sense of sight, touch, sound, smell, and taste should be observed. Simply name them based on your perception and just let it pass quickly without any judgment. This type of mindfulness technique can be helpful for people having an eating disorder. It can also provide aid for those who have an obsessive-compulsive condition.

Emotion

This can be similar to the sensory mindfulness technique, but this sensory therapy is about acknowledging the emotion. It instruct you to recognize your emotion but without exposing any judgment. This can be a bit it tricky for those people who have a lesser control on their emotion. Just try to name the emotion that you are currently feeling whether they are joy, anger or fear. Simply accept that flow of emotion and immediately let them go. This will allow you to resolve any type of conflict, improve your blood pressure level and prevent any type of heart disease.

Developing mindfulness technique can be combined with psychotherapy. This is possible since both of them have a common function which will help people to gain a better control and better perspective on wide array of thoughts.

Sasha Raskin, a therapist in Boulder, provides individual and family therapy / counseling in Boulder, Colorado, and worldwide via video and phone calls, drawing from over ten years of clinical experience. Schedule your free 20-minute phone consultation with Sasha Raskin

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