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-out, 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.
Positive sensations may arise, or even discomfort--- such as anger or anxiety, sadness or jealousy, physical pain or fidgeting. Mindful listening is an anchor to use in life when your monkey-mind feels unruly or distressed. You may decide to take this practice home and meditate.
Another anchor is yoga or slow bioenergetic grouding, both for use in psychotherapy, and/or in meditation. 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?