Mindfulness is a state of awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and environment. It’s an awareness of the present, rather than allowing the mind to wander towards past events or future anxieties. Our clinic offers both group and private mindfulness training to our Davis County, Utah clients.
Focusing on the Present
Many fall prey to the temptation to allow the mind to dwell on adverse events in the past. We also tend to worry too often about future possibilities. The mindful person focuses on the present with a gentle and accepting lens.
Judging our Thoughts
Too often, we have trained ourselves to judge our thoughts, often adding to the anxiety we naturally may feel. Mindfulness training teaches us how to pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them.
Having a feeling in a given moment, even a negative one, is not inherently wrong. We can’t control the emotions we feel. We are, however, accountable for our actions, so learning to distinguish between the two is paramount.
How to Observe Our Emotions
What we can do when we feel an undesirable emotion is to observe the feelings with a calm and nonjudgmental attitude. Observing, rather than reacting, causes negative emotions to dissipate quickly.
This practice has its roots in Buddhist meditation, a secular practice of mindfulness, which has entered the American mainstream in recent years.
The Science of Mindfulness
Many recent studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness. It’s become a mainstay in many counseling programs and mental health clinics. Our Bountiful center offers training, individualized therapy, and groups that help our clients focus on developing essential mindfulness techniques.