What does Mindfulness Mean?
Mindfulness is the ability to maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Mindfulness also includes acceptance. This means that we have to pay attention to our feelings and thoughts without judging them. We can’t believe that there is a “right” or “wrong” way to feel or think in a given moment. When mindfulness is practiced, we tune our thoughts into what we are sensing in the present moment, rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. So basically being fully in the present moment.
Distress is any negative emotion which is overwhelming and chaotic.
Core Mindfulness Skills
Mindfulness enables you to be clearly aware of the contents of experience and helps you to develop the ability to stay with the experience.
Mindfulness focuses on “learning to control your own mind, rather than letting your mind control you”.
States of Mind
- Logical / Thinking
- Use when feeling good
- Plan behavior
Integration of rational and emotional mind. Wisdom within each person and state of mind which you use to make important decisions and which avoids acting impulsively. A place where you can think about what you are feeling.
- Emotions in control
- Can be motivation
- Leads to pain
- Caught up
- Can’t think straight
- Facts are distorted