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  1. Carmen says:

    I am a believer and I am grateful to you, colleagues, and all the teachers that help to keep me growing and grounded. Integrating this approach to life into my
    practice is my goal.

  2. Gayle says:

    As I use mindfulness in my own healing, I’m becoming aware how much it helps to reduce my own stress and pain levels….Just beginning to incorporate more of these techniques into my massage practice.

  3. Thank you for sharing this. I would like to apply mindfulness philosophy with family caregivers of elderly people.

  4. K says:

    Mindfulness: physicians started using that word so that meditation wouldn’t scare people. This site explains it nicely.
    I use meditation in the form of “breath work” with most of my patients depending on their level of interest. I use ‘prayer”, I use physical ailments as ways to better understand emotional stress with the reference of chakras. it is most fascinating that the percentage of people who understand this material is very much increased lately. More patients than ever are ready to dig in and heal… fantastic… K

  5. marilena says:

    I wasnt able to view your video, it just stopped working! I was very interested in your thoughts, what a shame…

  6. Patty Draper says:

    I provide massage therapy services for employees, families and children at a children’s hospital and I’m very interested in learning ways that I may incorporate mindfulness into my therapy sessions. Love the above quantum physics comment about clockwise/counter clockwise. There appears to be a consistent connection in that our energies follow our ‘intent’. Therefore we have the ability to create desired outcomes based on what we focus on. In grasping the concept do we begin to understand we are able to influence at a cellular level all the way thru manifesting what we are looking for in life. Looking forward in learning more on this topic.

  7. I am studying The Hakomi Method, http://www.hakomi.org. It is a 2 year study of pyschotherapy with the focus on Mindfullness that was developed by Ron Kurtz. It is most effective and wonderful to see clients be able to work from Mindfullness and get amazing results.

  8. Nancy says:

    I am a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and have read a great deal about mindfulness. I am currently reading “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn and my husband and I are going to start practicing with the CD’s from the book. I am highly motivated to try mindfulness meditation as I recently had a hip replacement surgery that had an unfortunate outcome of a paralyzed foot. Now they have found a screw hitting the nerve which may be the cause of the paralyzed foot so I am facing another hip surgery to remove the screw. We are experiencing a lot of stress and I am also needing to be mindful with each step I take so I don’t fall. When I began to recover from the first hip surgery the word “Mindfulness” just came to me and I knew this is whereby path is leading me now. I so look forward to the rest of the video! Thank you!

  9. sol says:

    Mindfuness is conciousness

  10. Susanne says:

    I used mindfulness in my work. Acting on intuition, not re-acting to my client situations.

  11. Gale says:

    Mindfulness is so important. it’s listening, it’s understanding, it’s asking pertinent questions and so more, within ourselves and out in every practice in society. It is almost absent in the Cancer care unit at the Ottawa hospital on the doctor side, though the nursing staff is wonderful.

    Everyone deserves mindfulness, and should also practice it. The world would be a much nicer place, but….

    I have found that if you are mindful, people notice and they become mindful too.

  12. Mary Ann Rege says:

    I utilize mindfulness in my clinical work continually. My attraction to this practice began while learning zazen in Japan. Mindfulness has enriched my life in an abundance of ways. I am able to enjoy moments of life much more fully and be engaged with the moments exactly as they are. Additionally, mindfulness had decreased my anxiety level and has lifted the effects of depression. It is through personal application of mindfulness that I bring it to my clients with sincere belief and excitement for their healing.

  13. Arhat says:

    Jon Kabat-Ziinn teaches or taught Mindful Yoga.
    Very good.
    But IMHO, to study Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is a more complete choice.
    “Meditation in Movement” – and yiou are on The Way

    Greetings

  14. Raquel says:

    I have 40 years of experience in the field of education and mental health. I use a spiritual approach in my practice including deep relaxation, visualisation and regression. I had been looking at your site and I believe that some my techniques are close to mindfulness. I would like to get more educated about mindfulness and I will appreciate if you recommend readings on the exercises. Currently, I am having some health issues, so not only it will be helpful for my clients but also for my self. Thank you, Raquel

  15. John Arnold says:

    Thanks Ruth for your caring and sharing. You are a real Professional with a heart of gold. John

  16. Nancy S says:

    I practise mindfulnes daily, along with Reiki, theraputic touch, Quantum Touch, Silve Method, etc.
    Melchizadic, etc. on myself and the animals I work with to heal and socialize for adoption..

  17. marion foerster says:

    I’ve been doing pilates recently for balance and posture issues. I find that mindfulness really helps me to focus on what is going on in my body. My instructor says that she is constantly correcting my moves, but she hopes eventually that I will be able to be the one correcting. I do so much better when my mind focuses on the moment and really feels where my body is and how it is moving. I go to a Zen Buddhist meditation group weekly and practice mindfulness there, but I never expected it to help me with an exercise program!

    I really am enjoying your workshops and your retinue of guest speakers on different aspects of psychological therapies, even though I am not a therapist. Thanks so much!

  18. Sue McWilliam says:

    Thankyou! Very encouraging. I would like to use Mindfulness more in my practice . . so just about to watch the other videos and find out how!

  19. Yes the recorded speech was of great value. We do practice mindfulness even in day to day dealing with colleagues, workers in the situations. Mindful thinking and engagement help preservation of useful serotonin in brain for better balance of mind in work and critical thinking and eventually it helps outcomes and success. I handle over 10,00o workers including faculty and scientists.
    Professor Ramesh C. Deka , AIIMS , New Delhil

  20. I have long used mindfulness practices in my daily life and find them to be successful ways to manage life’s mountains and valleys. I use visualization, meditation, various art activities (including visual journaling with various media, beading, etc.) written journaling, yoga and walking. When I am with clients, I keep centered and calm and find breathing techniques to be especially valuable for me during difficult sessions. For clients, I discuss self-care that includes many of these techniques. I lead by example and encourage deep breathing through traumatic tellings. At times, without cognitively involving the client, I have been able to calm clients by slowing my own breathing while remaining connected to them!!

  21. Mary says:

    I am not 100% sure my definition of mindfulness is understood. I have begun practicing TM and am reading and learning about awareness. I think it is similar in quieting the mind and reducing stress. Need to learn more. Thx

  22. Liz Doyle says:

    I practice mindfulness myself and have a deep knowledge of the profound effect it has for me in my life. I call it my primary therapy process but I am beginning to think that this is a theory that often does not manifest in real practice.

    I know I teach my clients different mindful ‘tricks’ like exercising mindfulness in everyday life actions, and I do discuss with them the beneficial effects of using Mindfulness techniques, I often ask them to begin a walking or contemplative exercise regime and I ask them to “paint” this activity with purposeful positivity – noticing something pleasant about the experience or reviewing the best things about the day, later I will ask them to focus more strongly on noticing themselves exercising judgement about others, places and themselves and to begin turning that thought around to something more useful.I think I do all that really well and I try to pace it a bit like a coaching session throughout our therapy talks – my negative is that I do not do enough experiential stuff in session.

    I know I am not alone in this, we try to trust the client to take it away and keep going at home, I KNOW that the client will be more likely to do this at least tentatively, if they have had a successful experience under guidance, I know that there is then room for discussion about the process, HOWEVER I also know from my own therapy sessions as a client that it is very easy to put on an act to please the therapist and that frightens me….

    I think what I really want is to see some sessions happening, that is experiential all the talk is good and confirming BUT I have the theory – its the actual action I am wanting to see now, otherwise we are just going around in circles, I have attended these workshops on several occasions now. I know there are always new people to be catered to but is it not possible to do some advanced classes where we see it happening, a bit like I did in Dan Seigel’s classes?

  23. William Sarill says:

    I have personally practiced mindfulness meditation for the past 30 years. Subsequently I incorporated mindful awareness in a therapeutic modality I developed known as Smile, Open & Breathe(SM). This simple process is capable of desensitizing virtually any emotional charge, even PTSD, by opening up afferent visceral pathways to the vagal nuclei in the brainstem. A key component of the method is involves mindful awareness of visceral sensations until a felt sense of openness is experienced. A psychiatrist whom I trained has used successfully used Smile, Open & Breathe(SM) with her borderline patients in conjunction with DBT. Of course, DBT itself is based on mindfulness. These two approaches are therefore complementary, also because both foster client self-management and independence. For more information on Smile, Open & Breathe(SM) in an explicitly spiritual context, download the radio interview I did on the subject last March: http://tinyurl.com/crmvd4k.

  24. Grethe says:

    Thankyou so much for the work you do. Mindfulness is a beautiful practice and needs to be incorporated in education from the earliest level as well as in therapy.
    I am deeply grateful for your generous inclusion of non-payers who no longer have a professional stake but who do have grandchildren!

  25. Betty Richardson says:

    I have been in practice for 30 years and have used guided imagery, mindfulness, clinical hypnosis, etc. throughout those years. I have experienced men improve problems with physical illness such as high blood pressure, sleep disorders, and breathing disorders while I was working in a prison as the prison psychologist. I did my research in trauma of childhood and was able to use this skill to work through self blame and flashbacks. The biggest hurdle I found was that the client did not practice the skill on their own. There appeared to be an over-dependence for the clinician to support the practice and without that support the progress would slip back to previous levels of dysfunction.

  26. Eugeana says:

    My internet provider does not have the ability to provide me with the capability to watch “videos” Eugeana

  27. Priska says:

    Practicing mindfulness has changed my whole outlook on life. It’s principles are the foundation from which I base each blog post on mid life reinvention.

  28. Holly Twedt says:

    i do use mindfulness. Sometimes people have stereotypes of what it is and what it isn’t and those need to be addressed to increase openness and receptiveness to its use.
    Illustrating its use in one’s life as a part of being as much as breathing is necessary to life and introducing it as being as important is a mind shift. It can bring changes in people as they learn how to be open to its use and benefits. It is also embraced when the risk is taken and the results are seen.

  29. I am so grateful for the information I am currenly integrating into my own lfe re the value of “Mindfulness.” I have found “slowing down” helps me to respond more compassionately (rather than reactively). As a therapist and bereavement counselor, I find this to be a necessary ingredient for being effective in or daily interactions with clients. I applaud all those involved in this program, as well as those who are currently involved in doing research on its value. Thank you Ruth! Namaste

  30. Kate says:

    I began using mindfulness techniques during a difficult life transition. I now integrate it into my work with individuals who struggle with addictions, depression, and anxiety. Most comment that it increases self understanding and decreases anxiety. A critical component of the practice is non-judgmental compassion. People often struggle with believing they deserve self-compassion, but those who integrate this into their daily practice make not just behavioral changes, but actually show significant shifts in thinking about self, others, and the world.

  31. I work with simple tools. simple statements ex: Please focus your attention on this place I am touching, asking them to mindfully send that place in or on the body blood and oxygen offers AMAZING RESULTS. I explain we now working as a team to help them begin to relax and feel less distress. I also ask when I am working if it is safe for them to release the pain or trauma now? Sometimes we will pray together. and then ask the body if it is ready to release the pain or trauma, while retaining the wisdom from the event or situation. Thank you.

  32. Linda Shumate says:

    I am no longer a professional, but I have found that mindfulness, EFT and deep breathing exercises have helped with my IBS, stess and ADHD. I am interested in improving my health and am considering becoming a health coach.

  33. Mona El-Masry says:

    I would like to know more about mindfulness and how to work with clients who are resistant to moving from their heads and more into mindfulness.

  34. Lupita says:

    Sep 26, 2012

    I am currently unemployed, moved recently and experiencing relationship issues myself. I used some mindfulness techniques learned in a 1 hr class. It did wonders for my patients and self. Is there any free MBCT trainngs in the Redondo Beach area?

  35. Rosa Jimenez-Vazquez says:

    THe worst for my cleints is to become aware of te benefits and begin to practice
    It is so simple to practice they can believe till you show the facts and research results!

  36. George Steinfeld says:

    I employ MBCT in my practice, integrating it with my spiritual approach, in the context of Buddhist Theory and constructivist psychology. The challenge is getting clients to actually practice it at home, not only in the office. I also employ energy procedures as an effective healing procedure to manage emotional distress. All this fits with the unified theory I share with clients.

  37. Doreen says:

    I have found the following mindfulness exercises most beneficial to my clients: EFT, visualization, Prana breathing techniques – a Yoga practice, and prayer pantomime – dance-like movements relating to releasing and absorbing. It has been particularly difficult for my DID clients to tolerate some of the meditations or practices without an alternate personality taking control. In these instances a walking meditation and prayer pantomime with eyes open has proven to be most useful. Some clients have responded well to me painting a picture with words in the space between us and asking them to tell me what they see, hear, smell, taste and feel and then I ask if they can take that inside themselves and hold it for awhile.

  38. June Dauncey says:

    Hi, … I have just been introduced to the concept of MINFULNESS. I am about to take a course to learn more, but so far I have taken on board an affirmation I have fouind particularly helpful with the Fear and Anxiety moments experienced with Agoraphobia … With a heightened awareness in the now moment .. AFFIRM…’ It is only a thought … It is only a feeling ( Emotion ) It is only a sensation … I am here ( My Adult Self ) … You are safe and I Love you (directed to my Inner Child ) … I am in charge … We are protected, supported and Beloved ( By The Source ) … All is well in our world !!! … I do Hope this can be of help to someone else … God Bless J.D.

  39. mary dinkel says:

    What are some specific references for me to read to learn about mindfulness. I do the breathing, try to center myself, and focus on relaxing, cleansing breaths. I would like to do more.

  40. LindaMarie says:

    32 + years ago, I sat in the presence of the most intelligent man I have ever met even to this day in my entire life…and he taught us Mindfulness meditation. At the time he said, “What I am teaching you will become common place within 50 years.” WOW…nicam and others such organisations are proving what the man taught us. Thanks the heavens. Mindfulness is the intelligent, compassionate, merciful thing to learn for self and others. My suggestion is that whoever teaches this must also practice it. How else can you guide someone, because, some very profound questions with arise in the Mindfulness practioners and you must be able to address these questions. The is profound hope in this world. The new “buzz term” is neuroplasticity. The results of Mindfullness is indeed also evidence of the neuroplasticity quality of the brain.

  41. I use mindfulness as one of many techniques with my clients. As Dr. Michael Yapko points out in his recent book, Mindfulness and Hypnosis, the two practices are structurally identical, have similar benefits, and serve as wonderful complements to each other.

    In fact, I’d say that mindfulness is like realizing the reason you’ve been yanked this way and that is that you’ve been sitting on a horse you didn’t know was there. Recognizing that you’re on that horse makes you realize that you can limit how much it tosses you around.

    Hypnosis is like realizing that not only are you on that horse–but you have reins. You can not only limit how much the horse tosses you, but you can guide the horse where you want to go as well.

    • ruth fitzsimmons says:

      I find this whole discussion refreshing and encouraging. I especially love the analogy of the horse. Beautiful and I shall use it! Thank you James! I don’t know enough about hypnosis to comment but in the populations with whom I work, (men and women who are living with HIV/AIDS and incarcerated women), I have found that mindfulness training is, after initial discomfort/resistance from some, extremely well received and effective. Some will say life changing. Combining Enneagram wisdom,which uncovers the unconscious unowned motivation we each have, which is your horse, I’d say, makes
      continued mindfulness practice a powerful tool in cultivating awareness and managing behavior outcomes as well as the many other benefits…

  42. Mindy Chettih, LMSW, JD says:

    Although I use mindfulness skills I have developed over years of practice to improve my work with clients, I am having more difficulty sharing these skills with them. I work in a environment with many consumers with limited literacy skills in any language, severe mental illness, and often either co-occurring disorders and/or a history of trauma. Not enough research has been done on how to modify mindfulness techniques to accommodate the special challenges faced by these consumers. I remain optimistic this will come. For now, I stumble on – mindfully – with the limited knowledge that does exist.

  43. Clarissa Harris, LMFT says:

    Mindfulness is something I have wanted to incompatible into my own life more before I able to help my clients learn how to use it.

  44. Barbara says:

    Mindfullness based therapy is an integral part of my practice. I find it particularly helpful with anxiety and depression in my clients. I would never be without this tool in my kit !

  45. sarah says:

    I know it works but it is a struggle to get funders to see the benefits

  46. Ruth,

    You haven’t written one word to describe what mindfulness is and how it is done.
    In context, mindfulness seems to be a very weak word, like some word a word-tinkerer woul’d make up.

    A Word tinkerer is someone who doesn’t love or understand language but often tinkers with it and chokes the wit and meaning out of it.

    John Quinn

  47. Marisa says:

    Well I started the mindfulness With myself after my forties, I did not know at that time how it was called. What did happen to me since then? I became calmer, more patient, more empathic, get awareness from my own inner world. Now I am starting to use it with my patients. And again I can see changes inside me as well. I think that it is too soon for me to talk about the results in my patients, but I can do it about at least one that is very sensible and connected with herself.
    This patient has Sjögren Syndrome and come to me with a severe depression. I tried many trials with Antidepressants without any results. I tried two neuroleptic and no response. So I tried Mindfulness, and she is improving, shallowly, but she is doing it. Her thoughts, the pain in her chest, the feeling of helpfulness are loosen. She also report that she is more attentive. Just her memory had not improved yet.
    That is it.
    Marisa

  48. I have been using mindfulness with creative processes for 12 years. I work with children, teens, and adults on life challenges as well as with athletes. Learning to address present moment challenges rather than past and future thoughts brings my clients peace, wisdom, and often success in their endeavors. Also, mindfulness has changed client’s definitions of success. Developing a regular mindfulness practice often leads to flow, which is an incredible concept as well. Onwards and forwards into the moment!

  49. We use mindfulness meditation in my men’s group, in my Internal Family Systems support group, in my seminars and individual coaching sessions. I find this practice allows people to be present to whatever activity follows. I use the practice at least 3 times a week and have found it to be very comforting. Keep up the great work, Ruth.

  50. Hi! Thanks for all!

  51. I use mindfulness on a daily basis for more than a year now and find it helpful by being in the present moment my anxiety is decreased

  52. Andrea says:

    Was the question regarding the control groups answered?

  53. Chris Allwright says:

    Hi
    Thanks for the video and overview of the latest research.
    I’m a coach, specialising in the education sector. Does anyone have experience of using mindfulness techniques with school pupils or university students?
    Thanks,
    Chris Allwright

    • Chris, look at Susan Kaiser Greenland’s work and book on The Mindful Child.

      • Chris Allwright says:

        Many thanks Ruth, I’ll look into Susan’s work.

  54. I am developing MBSR groups here in rural SE Washington State. I have been using it myself for about 12 years, and found that it has helped me deal with a lot of health challenges, as well as making me more compassionate to the needs of others.

  55. Darlene Osowiec, PhD says:

    Hello, Ruth. Thank you for the succinct video and citations. Yes, I have been using mindfulness practices in my clinical work for many years. This is an outgrowth
    of my own practice in yoga and meditation and the study of quantum mechanics. I am glad to see that empirical science is “catching up” with ancient truths.

  56. Gretchen says:

    I personally and professionally value mindfulness techniques. I integrate them into my work with parents. My challenge is that they respond to guided meditation and. Mindfulness exercises in my office. However, the interest seems to stop there as if they don’t think they can so it on their own. As if it doesn’t relate to them. So translating the value of the technique and the positive experience of a guided practice into individual lasting benefits for my clients has been a struggle.

  57. Diana Rigdon says:

    I do use mindfulness in my practice with most every client I see. I always introduce a breathing practice as a base practice. Then I build on either cognitive restructuring or anxiety reduction through increased mindfulness of thoughts, actions and body sensations. I combine these and other mindfulness techniques with strengh based work and exposure therapy/guided visualizaations for those who have PTSD-like symptoms.

  58. Sherri Christopher says:

    I work in a residential setting for C&A and as a facility we have begun attempting to incorporate mindfulness with our children, families, and staff. I was very skeptical of using mindfulness as I come from a conservative background. As I’ve seen where the industry is heading and researching more into how mindfulness effects the brain, I’ve started using it myself and encoporating in my sessions. I have been amazed how applicable it is to a wide variety to patients from young severe ADHD boys to girls with borderling personality traits. I have often seen my work with this population as equipping more than “fixing” (thanks to some very good supervision!) and mindfulness has begun one of my go-to tools in therapy.

  59. Ivan says:

    I indeed have found myself incorporating mindfulness in such a major way that I was beginning to wonder whether I was becoming too formulaic in my practice. However I do believe that it can be a valuable asset to most therapeutic interactions. I appreciated hearing your words and coverage of the research which essentialy reinforces my views. Thank you for that Ruth.

  60. Gary Dooley says:

    Interesting video though I’m somewhat baffled by the seemingly superfluous clipboard in Ruth’s hands.

    • Chris Allwright says:

      That made me chuckle! Thanks

  61. Kim LaRue says:

    I find this very informative to help support society as a whole to learn how Mindfulness can help us with alll types of life situations. Mindfulness is vitamin. :) Thanks! Kim LaRue MBSR Teacher

  62. Kathleen Addison says:

    I wrote a big long comment and I think it got lost. In short, I don’t have enough support for advocating mindfulness in my town and since I am a neophyte, I have some anxiety about working with a mindfulness program with my clients. I will be moving to a larger town in the next 6 months and hope to find support there.

  63. Suzanne Koenig says:

    I so formal training but it suits me. I welcome more information. I had stroke recently and recovering from aphasia. I know I personally could use information but also I share it part of my practice.

    • Suzanne Koenig says:

      Social Worker – aphasia working not – typo it was….

  64. Tamie Pushlar says:

    I am a social worker in a therapeutic academic setting. We use mindfulness in our classroom everyday. We spend 10 minutes everyday engaging in a mindfulness activity before our academic day begins. The students enjoy it and look forward to it.

    • Chris Allwright says:

      Hi Tamie
      I’m a coach, specialising in schools and universities. I was interested in your comments. Would you be prepared to share the details of your activity? (chris.allwright@gmail.com)
      Thanks,
      Chris

  65. Zora Lickova says:

    Mindfulness practice definitely works, I know it for sure from my own many-year practical experience (PTSD).

  66. Michael says:

    I have used mindful to great effect with my clients and also in my day to day interactions with family and friends. I often use the breathing exercises as a means of creating greater focus when I attempt a new project and it is extremely powerful.

  67. Duncan Bethel says:

    I was introduced to Mindfullness by a dear friend and colleague a few years back. I am still challenged with using mindfullness on a consistent basis, however I can attest to the fact that when I apply Mindfullness techniques, I clearly feel more focused and confident in both my work and my personal life. My work is high pressure as it involves leadership with a very diverse network of service provider agencies contracted for community based clinical and non-clinical work with families impacted by involvement with children’s mental health and Juvenile Justice. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the responsibility and the politics of systems if one’s not careful. When I am planful and consistent with the incorpartion of mindfullness into my daily routine the feeling of being overwhelmed and the stress evaporate and I find myself able to zero in on what’s really important, quality of service to families. I also have my own mental health diagnosis and the incorporation of mindfulness truly does support my ability to manage symptoms when they are more present. I believe the merging of clinical practices with practices such as, but not limited to Mindfullness will eventually revolutionize our field, if we can sway the practioners and system stakeholders that are still hesitant to embrace techniques that don’t fit the traditional models.

  68. DianeShillito says:

    Great to have Citations evidence thank you.

    I am a free agent and have no real challenges to introducing mundfulness into work

  69. Amanda says:

    I am a proponent of mindfulness and other meditative techniques, but I am a little disappointed at the apparent design of some of the studies you quote (however, I have not yet read the citations) which all appear to use wait-list control groups rather than an “active” (ie. other treatment) control/comparator group. On the face of it, the improvement of 30% seen with MBCT in the cancer-fatigue study could be accounted for by a placebo effect. Although we all know that the placebo effect in itself is evidence of PNI/mind-body effects, it would be useful to be able to identify a specific effect of mindfulness over and above this. Conversely, the same effects might have been achieved with straight-forward relaxation training. I am delighted that these interventions are finally receiving serious study, but would be even more encouraged to see studies using more definitive methods. Obviously the cost of designing and delivering such studies may also play a factor…
    [Thank you Gary Groesbeck of California for also posing a similar query, and noting other operatives that might also be at work such as social interaction, active support, etc.]

  70. Mary Gorman says:

    I was introduced to being present in the moment through my spiritual journey as contemplative prayer and that was life changing. However when I came across Mindfulness in my therapeutic work I was excited. I was able to marry my expereince with the insights of mindfulness which encourgaes us to form a relationship with one’s self. From a spiritual aspect we are emptying ourselves and trusting that a higher energy will lead and that is ok if you have a faith but what about the rest of the world. That is why I am passionate about Mindfulness and use it with my clients. Through it they are empowering themselves. I would say one of the greatest obstacles is that there are therapists trying to introduce it from a head level or an academic approach without having expereinced it for themselves. I feel all therapists should engage in the practice and through the expereince be able to lead the clients into what I belive is the key of life. I would like to set up a weekly session for clients after therapy where they could encourage each other to continue the practice.

  71. Bill Spawton says:

    I have been using Mindfulness based therapies with my patients/clients for the past 7 years and find that many, if not most people gain some benefit from learning basic mindfulness techniques. As has already been said, people suffering with depression and anxiety tend to do particularly well if they resonate with the practices.

  72. Sarah Hopkins says:

    I use Mindfulness with my elderly rehab patients to help them slow down, notice the environment and deal more effectively with it to prevent falls. Even small amounts make a huge difference. After a 10 minute session, patients are calmer, happier and more willing to participate. I don’t know if any of them continue after their treatments have ended, but I know for sure that my treatments are more effective when my patients and I are more present to each other.

  73. Rebecca Narva says:

    My job is to visit patients and meet their spiritual needs. My background is Buddhist and I now teach almost exclusively meditation and breathing techniques.
    Slowly my hospital is seeing that these are effective, easily learned, completely free resources but this is taking time in a highly medically technical climate.
    Old fashioned resistance, intrenched attitudes, not to mention a deeply profitable collaboration with the supporting technical and medicinal industries are apparent
    Barriers that are beginning to melt like walls if ice. the implications of mindfulness/ breathing techniques are radical because
    They are deeply empowering and have the potential to break up drug dependencies, reliance on hugely expensive devices, And put
    Very useful and effective self care into people,s hands. Of course there will be resistance and head in the sand types of reactions from some as expected.
    And interestingly there is also resistance from traditional religious institutions that regard mindfulness with suspicion and defensiveness.
    Also to be expected. In my hospital practice however, mindfulness/meditation is an excellent and elegant merging of medical and emotional care. Patients who
    Have developed the internal resources to manage the stresses of illness will do better than those who feel out of control, confused and angry.
    thanks.

  74. Susan says:

    Yes I do use mindfulness in my work. I have been integrating it into my individual therapy for about 10 years and began running Mindfulness groups for college students 3 years ago. I have found it to be more helpful in general than any other therapy tool and that it integrates well with most models. Group is probably the best way to teach it as you can have a didactic portion and practice portion within the group. Members learn from the questions and experiences of other members and there is good support in the group around the difficulty of gaining the skill. Since I started running mindfulness group (combining aspects of MBCT and MBSR) many of my colleagues have been interested in learning more about mindfulness as their clients in the groups were getting a lot out of them. I think my biggest struggle in integrating mindfulness into individual therapy is the didactic piece. I think it helps for clients to understand (develop a mental model of) what mindfulness does and how it can impact the very structure/function of our brains. I tend to use Linehan’s handouts in individual work because they are easy to follow and the venn diagram is a nice visual model. I then try to embody mindfulness as I work with the client and encourage the attitudinal foundation Kabat-Zinn discusses in his work.

    I believe in mindfulness not only because of how I have seen it impact my clients, but because I use it in my own life. It got me through some very tough life challenges including getting breast cancer. My practice allowed me to continue to work through treatment.

  75. Mary Rose says:

    As a FUTURE DAWNING project, I am creating a new program entitled: Moving Into: TOTAL WELLNESS. Part I of this program asks the question: “What is wellness and how do we get there from here as a society? Part II of the program addresses wellness from an individual perspective, and Part III asks the question as how to design our social systems so they support us in being “totally well.”

    I will be using Mindfulness Practices as a suggested modality for relieving stress in Part II of the program.

    Thank you for NICABM and all that you do and the considerable information you provide related to wellness.

    Mary Rose
    Founder & CEO Future Dawning Enterprises
    http://www.futuredawning.org.

  76. I developed my own version of mindfulness therapy in 1986. I call it Presence Therapy. I introduced it to your associate Bill O’Hanlon at one of his book writing seminars in 2005.
    I have had extraordinary success with it. It is really the only thing I do. It works across all diagnostic categories, and is dynamite against garden variety symptoms like depression, anxiety, panic, addictions, PTSD, and couples work to name just a few.
    My intention in treatment is to develop a new relationship to cognition, one in which the client experiences a distinction between cognition and consciousness, releasing their identification with thought.
    I developed it out of my intensive work in a Fourth Way school based upon the Gurdjieff/Ouspensky teachings and have also used much of Eckhart Tolle’s work.
    I have developed techniques which facilitate the attainment of inner stillness, the cessation of thought.
    Diligently applied, the tools of Presence Practice have the potential of producing a life changing, watershed experience.

  77. Ken Celiano says:

    In both my clinical and performance coaching work, mindfulness is a foundational skill I recommend. Additionally, to make the process more concrete for those performance driven personalities, I incorporate heart rate biofeedback to help them “see” the impact its having on their autonomic nervous system. This immediate visual feedback via heartmath software helps legitimize control over what was believed to be beyond their influence. Increased self-efficacy reduces helplessness and enables a more aligned participation in health, stress and disease management.

    Personally, I incorporate mindfulness into my daily regimen of exercise (biking), stretching, and personal reflection. I blend technology via Calm Radio on my smartphone to set a calming context that helps my mind/body/spirt get in the mood for an alpha rhythm experience. In short, like the Monkees sang, I’m a believer!

    • Ken, your comment is fascinating. One of the toughest barriers for practitioners to overcome is the difficulty of getting clients to stick with mindfulness practice when they don’t see immediate benefits. By giving clients prompt visual feedback, you’re creating a powerful incentive for clients to keep up their practice. I’m excited for the potential of biofeedback technology to aid our healing practice. Thanks for sharing this remarkable method.

  78. Robin says:

    Thanks for the update on applying mindfulness to different populations and issues. I use mindfulness strategies in the intensive outpatient group I have for adults in crisis due to anxiety, depression, bereavement, bipolar, stress, PTSD, abuse history, violent relationships, job burnout – you name it. I only have a total of 12 sessions with any person and the difference between the attitude and hopefulness when each person enter the group and when the person leave is amazing. I know I am not doing this, I yield all the work and credit to Spirit and the transcendental nature of mindfulness in any religious practice. Because of the cognitive shift a lot of us are aware will be happening soon, I am excited and compelled to use the ideas in a bolder and open manner. i continue to learn and expand my own understanding for my personal use as well.

  79. rob anderson says:

    I have been incorperating MBP’s ( mindfulness based practices ) into my work with Medicare elidgble children, adolescents, and families for some time now. I have found my two biggest challenges to be 1: Getting the clients who agree to practice at home between sessions to do so…..and 2: Obtaining appropiate supervision (none of my supervisors are familiar with MBP’s). We all know how accessable mindfulness based information and training has become…..but how do those using these methods obtain appropiate supervision?
    Thanks

  80. cecilia says:

    Thank you Ruth,
    absolutly……. mindfulness work, is an expirience of love, presence, art, science……
    and an excellent healing therapy to integrate and find yourself in a safety place your inner self.
    Much blessings
    Cecilia.

  81. Sweetums says:

    Hello Dr. B.,

    What is your purpose in gathering comments about mindfulness? I do not have a “clear comprehension of whatever is taking place” from your perspective, therefore it is difficult for me to comment without further precision on your part.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness … , which, among other things, is an attentive awareness of the reality of things (especially of the present moment) is an antidote to delusion and is considered as such a ‘power’ (Pali: bala). This faculty becomes a power in particular when it is coupled with clear comprehension of whatever is taking place.

    Sweetums

  82. I practise mindfulness daily. I ask my self this question before any intereaction “Who am I willing to be?” The question brings me into the now moment.

  83. Hi Ruth, Thanks for your presentation. (Are you following Jeff Walker’s sequence? If so you are doing a great job.)

    As far as mindfulness, I am retired, so I no longer practice. However, I found it easy to integrate mindfulness in my practice when I was working. I would often teach a ten minute mindfulness meditation for anxiety, pain, or almost any problem. As the sessions continued I was able to make personalized tape for my patients.

    Now that I am retired, I want to develop a web site where I will present some relaxation, problem solving, meditation, and continue to make these techniques available to people. I can assure you that your programs will be referenced and I expect that some people will attend your excellent session. Meanwhile I will continue to learn from you. Check out my blog above (listed in your website line).

    Thanks for your example.

    Laraine

    • You are right, Laraine, Jeff Walker is one of my favorite teachers, though not for mindfulness.

  84. I am wondering about the studies you cited. The training groups went through group training, MBSR, MBCT,etc., which involved a good deal of social contact and support, which the wait groups apparently did not experience. Could the effect on loneliness, depression, inflammation, etc. be the result of greater social contact/support and not just mindfulness?…I am great fan of mindfulness training and self-compassion training but want to be sure we are controlling for all the possible variables in these studies.

    • Gary, I agree with you completely. In fact, lots of mindfulness research exists that uses active controls, so we can measure the effectiveness of mindfulness compared to existing treatments (and control for the effect of social contact). Proper methodology matters, so I’m excited for the future of mindfulness research. Thanks for your insightful comment.

    • M. D. Wallace says:

      Thank you Gary, my thoughts exactly. I am sure there are many benefits of mindfulness based training. It would be wonderful if we were all more mindful of ourselves and our impact on the people and world around us!

      In order, though, for you to make these broad claims of this therapy exclusively, you would need to rule out the benefits of the contact and individual or group support in and of itself too.

  85. Thanks for the excellent overview in so short a clip! Great!
    Using mindful attention in all therapy situations is fruitful, with adults but also with kids!
    So as far as I am concerned: mindfulness is one of the core principles of any therapeutic intervention!

  86. William, please check out the website, http://www.LookingforLight.net.

    Daily playing of this game develops new neural pathways in the brain and imprints our cells and DNA with the higher vibrations of gratitude and joy. We begin to see light, good, God everywhere–we begin to see with divine eyes. Looking for Light is a mindfulness practice which creates a new wineskin for our minds, free of limiting and negative beliefs, perceptions and judgments. Come play with us….together we will create a unified field of higher consciousness gently lifting our planet and humanity into a new world of living with one another in peace and prosperity.

    Many blessings to you,
    Patricia Wagner

  87. anne says:

    I started learning about and using mindfulness myself while going through a difficult time-after attending a FACES conference in Seattle. I bought some books, and am hooked. It is so life changing I had to incopororate into my therapy practice..albeit slowly as I am just learning myself. But its the most powerful tool or tecnhnique I have used. There are so many components, and all are so helpful. Recently started incorporating RAIN ( recognition, acceptance, investigation and `not me’) with one client who disassociates when flooded with emotions.. and its been interesting. Today she said `for 3 years we have been working on feelings, feelings feelings and now you are telling me `they are just feelings’ :) she has learned to Recognize feelings.. and is accepting and investigating them.. and now finally can start putting them in `their place’ without numbing out or diassociating.

    I cant wait for the next FACES conference -its in a couple weeks. Hard to believe its been a year since I had my eyes opened to this practice.

    • Maggie Brown says:

      Hi Anne, and anyone else in WA: in case you’re interested in Mindfulness MBSR training, there’s an 8-week class being held in Issaquah WA starting September 30 by Grow-Aware http://www.grow-aware.com

  88. Don says:

    I have used mindfulness for myself with some positive results, which might be strengthened if I were to do formal meditation on a more regular basis. My personal use of the practice is to reduce stress and anxiety. I had tended to conflate these two states until quite recently, when I came across what I think may be an important distinction. The proximate source for this was a newsletter from a Singaphore-based meditation teacher named Toby Ouvry. Here’s a quote: “The key to dealing with stress is learning to take life less personally. The key to dealing with anxiety is learning to take life more personally.” In other words, stress, or “natural friction” is what results from the wear and tear of our busy lives. It’s not really “ours” in a “me and mine” kind of way. Nobody owns it! Anxiety, on the other hand, may be your body’s way of alerting you to the need to address the issue of your core values, as an individual. This sounds like “existential anxiety” which, although uncomfortable at times, isn’t necessarily all that negative. If we listen to it as a clue. Kierkegaarde once said something to the effect that the person who can manage to be in a correct relationship to “his” anxiety is one of the luckiest people in the world! Loneliness is my personal bête noire. I struggle with it on and off, and sometimes I can reach an accommodation with it. But, it’s an ongoing process. I’ve used it to develop a more spiritual life. Not everybody in the world of clinical psychology may be open to that, but there it is, just the same. On another note, more and more people in Western society are living alone, in relative isolation apart from their work environments. So mindfulness plus connection with community strike me as a good way to approach the achievement of balance. Voila! Nuff said! Thank you for your interesting posts.

    • Don, you’re on the right track. Anxiety, along with other “negative” emotional states, doesn’t always have to be negative. But I’ll take issue with your Kirkegaarde was right though I would argue it isn’t luck, but rather skill – a skill we can teach through mindfulness practice. It sounds like you’re already doing that, so good for you. Thanks for sharing your personal experience.

  89. As a psychiatrist and therapist for the past 35 years treating anxiety, depression, and addictions I have found that teaching mindfulness mediation is essential. It is an incredible tool to enhance one’s control over one’s overactive mind. I also do couples counseling and marriage therapy and find that it helps everyone not be as reactive but to be more thoughtful in their responses as well as more empathetic. Perhaps starting with being non judgmental of yourself help everything.
    Larry Drell, MD drdrell.com
    counselingandtherapydc.com for info on anxiety,depression, addiction treatment and couple counseling being enhanced by mindfulness meditation.
    Thank you for providing this forum.

  90. Doris says:

    It is wonderful to see solid scientific research dealing with meditative techniques that many people call “hooey.”

  91. Jasmine Lothien says:

    I have been using mindfulness practice personally and with my clients over the past 12 years. Consistent feedback from my clients that developing this practice has been the most effective tool in making positive changes in their life.

  92. Carol Cummins, D.D.S. says:

    I use a version of mindfulness, during a procedure of giving anesthetic injections for Dental work. I guide my patients through deep breathing exercises as I give the injection, and find patients can tolerate the stress much better, and since they can’t tense up while they are exhaling, it hurts much less too!

    Thanks for the encouragement.

    • Sept. 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Carol, I love this comment because it shows how versatile mindfulness can be. One of the most remarkable things about mindfulness practice is that you can do it almost anywhere. Imagine if everyone who went in for dental work had experience with mindfulness practice – we might have a very different attitude toward medical care. Thanks for sharing your comment.

  93. Kathryn Whitehurst says:

    I try to use everything you mentioned in my every day life of dealing with issues & people.

  94. I teach mindfulness concepts and principles in all my consultations, because I consider them to be universal truths that can help everyone live more fully and joyfully.

  95. Hey everyone, we want to hear from you. Do you use mindfulness practices in your work? If not, what’s holding you back? If you do, what’s one of the biggest challenges you face along the way? Please let us know by sharing your comment below.

  96. william bryant says:

    USED IT FOR YEARS ! I WAS HOOKED BY A CONCEPT IN QUANTUM PHYSICS, CALLED “COLLAPSING SUPER -POSITIONS’. IT DESCRIBES A PHENOMENON OF PHYSICAL OBJECTS DOING TWO MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE THINGS , E.G. AN ELECTRON ROTATING BOTH CLOCK-WISE AND COUNTER CLOCK-WISE AT THE SAME TIME. FINAL DIRECTION IS DETERMINED BY WHICH EVER ONE YOU LOOK FOR. IF YOU LOOK FOR CLOCKWISE, YOU FIND IT, AND THE OTHER VANISHES…..IF YOU LOOK FOR COUNTER CLOCKWISE, THAT MATERIALIZES, AND THE CLOCKWISE DISAPPEARS. I CAN FIND NOTHING IN MY WORLD WHICH WORKS LIKE THAT ……EXCEPT……….EVERYTHING!!! WE ARE TOLD “SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND, WALK ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET, YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING, THE POWER OF BELIEF, THE MIND BODY CONNECTION,” AND SOOOOOOOO MUCH MORE. RESULTS HAVE BEEN CONSISTENT. IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN MINDFULNESS…..YOU ARE RIGHT. IF YOU DO BELIEVE IN MINDFULNESS…..YOU ARE RIGHT. TRY BOTH, AND TELL ME WHICH WORKS BEST FOR YOU.

    • Nancy says:

      William — I so love that you mentioned the clockwise counter clockwise rotation visualization – this is the very ancient Mer ka ba meditation which is highly effective in releasing from all the bodies physical, mental, spiritual and emotional debris and its weight. This was the original “sign of the cross” to restore balance – the center of the equal armed cross. This meditation/visualization is activated by intention and joins mind and heart in unity consciousness. This spinning aligns all the chakras into the heart center if you are into that type of thing. Even if you are not this is what is happening energetically – some call this Oneness!

      While I rely on and have for years this practice of mer ka ba (is highly effective as it engages all the senses – key to any healing) and mindfulness I find Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) highly effective especially for those who feel they cannot visualize or even want to meditate. EFT especially empowers children….When they have “funny” feelings they can tap away and feel “more better” – It is such a joy when a child learns early on how to manage their own feelings and at four can say, I feel “more better” when I tap (using EFT.) One child tap dances…taps while she dances!

      I love that Science is giving names to things that “legitimize” ancient traditions as with the mer ka ba and mindfulness, for the mainstream….and fMRI results are showing the benefits on the brain mind body and HEART complex. I however no longer believe in stress management (won an award for my research in 1989) I believe in getting to the root of the stressors and uncovering childhood beliefs are key. As Bruce Lipton’s 30 years of research shows….our intention can only carry us so far as with mindfulness, etc. My success has been using the Mirror of life: what beliefs must a person have to be creating this situation.
      Namaste

    • Vandana Singh says:

      This is awesome reasoning for all the uber left brained skeptics in the world. Thanks much for sharing.

  97. Yes, I started using mindfulness practices myself (find it very helpful to reduce my own stress), with my patients (are usually surprised greatly when they start doing the mindful breathing exercises), and as part of a research project where we will be comparing routine treatments for assisted reproduction and routine treatment with 8 session (16 hours) MBSR psychoeducation (will let you know of the results). I am thankful to NICABM for introducing me to these practices, and for all the wonderful seminars I have taken.

    • Glad your patients are finding the breathing exercises helpful, Nesrin. Your research study sounds important and fascinating and I’m looking forward to hearing more about it.

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