What is Mindfulness Based Therapy?
- Your therapy (which could be individual or group) will incorporate the practice of “mindfulness”; focusing your awareness on the present moment and, as best as you can, accepting or not judging the experience.
- Practicing mindfulness usually involves setting aside some time (from a few minutes to several hours) trying to pay attention, for example, to your breath or walking or stretching or eating, and then noticing whatever comes up (including the inevitable distractions).
- Mindfulness practices are not the same as relaxation (although you might feel relaxed) and they do not require you to clear your mind (although your mind might get clearer).
- Although based on an adaptation of Buddhist meditation, the therapeutic version is secular (not religious).
- Mindfulness meditation has been integrated into other types of psychotherapy or offered for particular types of issues. For example: cognitive therapy for depression relapse prevention (MBCT), stress reduction (MBSR), binge eating (MB-EAT) and substance abuse relapse prevention (MBRP) … and others.