mindfulness & psychotherapy

"Mindful breathing helps you see your anger, your frustration, your suffering. When you breathe mindfully, you practice looking deeply into yourself."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

 When your stressed, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants self shows up in my office, we can take a few moments to slow down together. Maybe you will notice ambient sounds: the clock ticking, your breathing, or the din of the street outside the window.

You may decide to take this practice home and meditate. Both positive sensations may arise, or discomfort--- such as anger or anxiety, sadness or jealousy, physical pain or fidgeting.  Mindful listening is an anchor to use when your monkey-mind feels unruly or distressed.

Another anchor is yoga or slow bioenergetic grouding in psychotherapy. An introspective state arises through noticing our breathing and body sensations-- which naturally calms our mind. 

Maybe we'll discover moments of uncaused well-being amidst difficulties. What if all experiences-- difficulty, ease, well-being--can be welcomed? Or at the very least, (even briefly in the best of worst moments), kindly recognized?