The Healing Effect of Mindfulness – Working through Painful Emotions

Emotional upheaval affects every one of us at some time or another . . . but how we respond to it can be the key to genuine healing.

Many of our patients just want it done and over with – they want a quick solution that will stop the hurting and help them feel good again.

But according to Steven Hayes, PhD, engaging with negative emotions is an essential step – and it can affect the way we experience the positive ones as well.

In the video below, Steven tells us why it’s important to respect and attend to even our most troubling feelings. Take a look, it’s just two and a half minutes long.

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If you would like to hear more about this – including a way we can help patients see that dealing with painful feelings is a process to work through, not a problem to solve, then check this out.


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  1. I look forward to this series. Do we need to download all of these sessions as they come up for will they stay posted for awhile? Where the download information is not available until after the live broadcast there is no way of having the transcript for the live broadcast, correct?
    Still working on the technology skills.

  2. Kathryn says:

    I agree!! I paid for the Gold membership and I am confused over what the membership is for? I understood that we could access the future broadcasts free of charge.. if that isn’t the case, please explain what my membership includes and how it benefits me… thank you


    • Brandon says:

      Hello Kathryn,
      I am sorry for the confusion pertaining to the Gold Membership you have purchased. With a Gold Membership you can access all of the transcripts, video and audio recordings for all of the broadcasts in the Making Mindfulness Work series. We would like to contact you with the information on how to access these items, but we will need to know your last name or email address. Or if you’d prefer, please contact us at 860-456-1153 or, and we will be able to send you the information on how to access the files for the series.

      Thank you,

  3. Kim says:

    I don’t get home until 7pm on Wednesdays, both broadcasts will be over. Do you have another later option.

  4. John Cruz says:

    Would love to see what you have to say

  5. Joseph Maizlish says:

    Let’s broaden the concept of problem-solving so that mindful attention to our states is understood as a superior form of problem-solving regarding the emotions , since it helps us bear what must be borne and in Marty’s term let it “flow through.” Additionally, using the emotions as signals can help us attend to whatever in our external situation can be changed to deal productively with whatever in our environment gave rise to the emotions.

    Likely every problem symptom started as a way to solve a problem. The idea is for mindfulness to help us sustain the use of our whole brains under stress so that we arrive at wise solutions to both the emotional and external aspects of our situation.

  6. Sylvie Matalon says:

    i am interested in how to deal with students and instructors whose emotions are out of control, showing rudeness, anger, avoidance as well as narcissistic supervisor.

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    • David says:

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comnemt, Mel! Your comnemt reminds me of the chapter I read this morning in When Things Fall Apart, which was about learning to accept groundlessness and realize that nothing is ever completely secure. That idea is simultaneously terrifying and comforting, I think.Keep breathing through it that’s what I’m reminding myself! Yoga and teacher training have been integral to my ability to move along this path, and I hope you find and strengthen the tools you need there as well. I’m supporting you as you begin, too!

  7. Barbara Belton says:

    Am deeply grateful to the researchers, educators, practitioners, et al who have taught me the science and practice of mindfulness. Dr. Hayes’ language is so clear and right on. This has been the path out of the muck and mire of my own complex pts. The wisdom and insights of the pain that I have learned to ‘walk into’, to embrace, to thank have deepened and enriched the joys of my life beyond measure. What a great time to be alive!
    Thankyou, dear NICABM, Ruth, and all your speakers for this most priceless of gifts!

  8. Maureen says:

    As a Trauma Survivor, I have a myriad of difficult emotions to deal with. Often triggers catch me off guard, and it is at this time I reach out for support in both people and tools I’ve aquired through many years of therapy. One such tool is my music which has been my catharthsis….I remind myself to share my personal ‘Healing Journey’ to inspire hope for other Trauma Survivors. Healing Journey

  9. Shelley says:

    This is going to be a very important webinar.

  10. Marty says:

    Sorry. Applied my mindfulness to thought and emotion. Auto correct kills me.

  11. Marty says:

    My feeling from applying my dullness to thought and emotion is that emotions are just a small part of us.

    We all have the same emotions, same amount so nothing special separates us with emotion.

    Emotions fade without attention. Emotions have little affect off we let them pass on trough without attention.
    personally I healed by letting thoughts with scary, anxious, fearful emotions flow trough. I did nOt have to work through them, just let go and be here, in this present moment.

    We do not have to accomplish anything just let go and accept life. Give up expectations and realize emotions are such a small part of us. Sadness can be ok if we do not grasp it and it will leave quickly.

    Our emotions and thoughts are not even close to who we really are. Let thought be and accept without expectations.

  12. James` says:

    It is very challenging to find out how to view the web casts after you have paid for them. Where is the LOG IN? Everything seems configured to sell new people but little attention is paid to helping those of us who have already joined to see the material without going back to emails.

    Please add a simple LOG-In on all of he pages.

    • Brandon says:

      Hello James,
      Thank you for your support of our programs through the purchase of your Gold Membership. We would like to contact you with the information on how to access your Gold Membership, but we will need to know your last name or email address. Or if you’d prefer, please contact us at 860-456-1153 or, and we will be able to send you the information on how to access the webcasts for this series.

      Thank you,

    • Hi James, I’m awfully sorry. I’ll have someone contact you tomorrow.


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