What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of being more aware in the present moment. It is about focusing on whatever you chose to focus on in the present and bringing your whole self to the experience. The practice involves learning to observe the present moment nonjudgmentally. It is about observing ones experience in an objective manner.
How to do mindfulness
There are the “what skills” and the “how skills.” The “what skills” are what you specifically do. The “how skills” are how you practice mindfulness.
The “What skills:”
The what skills are exact what mindfulness involves. It is observing, describing, and participating in ones experience.
Mindfulness is about bringing all of your senses into the present moment. For example, what do you hear, see, taste, touch, and smell? The practice involves learning to observe the present moment. Observing without reacting to what your experiencing.
Describing involves utilizing your words to describe what it is that you are observing. Its using your words to describe your experience.
Participate involves bringing your whole self to the experience. It involves acting intuitively and bringing to the experience what is needed.
The “How skills”
The how skills are how to engage in mindfulness. They involve the concepts of being nonjudgemental, one-mindfully, and effectively.
When observing, key to mindfulness is being able to do so objectively without judgement. We call this the nonjudgmental stance where one can observe the moment or object as it is without bringing in judgement. For example, we are observing the fall leaves with all the different colors vs observing the ugly colors of the fall. The word Ugly places judgement. Mindfulness practice encourages and challenges individuals to take a step further and actually describe what you mean when you say ugly vs using a label which places judgement.
Whatever you chose to observe, you bring your whole self and observe only one thing. So if you are walking, observe walking only, if you are listening to a person, listen to that one person, if you are sad, allow your self to be sad by fully experiencing the sadness, if your writing, focus only on writing.
Being skillful, whatever works, and is needed and necessary for the given situation.
For more information about mindfulness or if you would like to learn the skill, contact Dr. Watson at email@example.com or call to schedule a consultation at 404-954 2713.