The term “Mindfulness” describes the state that someone has full consciousness or awareness of a situation. In psychology “Mindfulness” is a therapeutic technique which goals to provide us the skill to react as less as possible (so we are more receptive) to what is going on every single moment. Through Mindfulness state we are invited to be one with everything around us – any kind of element around us either positive or negative or neutral regarding to us – and in this way we decrease every kind of pain we experience and increase well-being in our everyday life (Germer, Siegel, Fulton, 2005).
Mindfulness therapeutic method (part of what we call nowadays “Positive Psychology”) is based ideologically and practically on Eastern philosophy and Meditation practice that has been practiced by millions of Buddhists in eastern countries for centuries. Nowadays, Meditation is practiced by people in the whole world either in order to deal with physical pain, or as an additional psychotherapeutic method, or as a way to increase well-being of every individual. Through a Meditation form Meditation coaches ask from those who are initiated in the technique to close their eyes and to sit by squatting on or to lie down (if there is a health problem that prevents them squatting on for a long time) and focus in the way they breath-in and breath-out. Through Meditation is aimed a full focus to breathing, to the current condition, to “now”. No matter how many times we lose the consciousness of “now”, we are asked to return our consciousness in what it takes place right now. Only if we live “now” we don’t get influenced of what had already happened or what will happen in the future. Our consciousness and not diversion makes our lives worthy to live them.
The five elements of Mindfulness situation are:
- Awareness of a situation (we focus on “now” and we don’t mind about anything related to the past or future)
- Absolutely no judgment (nothing is positive or negative, everything is just what it is)
- Acceptance (of feelings, thoughts, external conditions and every other factor that we cannot control)
- No identification (we accept and notice without any judgment all of our emotions and thoughts while we avoid to blame or praise ourselves for what we are thinking or feeling)
- No participation (we don’t participate in a process, we just exist inside it as there is not a goal we want to reach).
Mindfulness process can be explained with words but the true experience is that could make us understand the real value of conservation of consciousness in the present and the great power of the people that have this skill. Fortunately, this skill could be gradually developed and gained by all of us!
Learn more about Mindfulness method:
Christopher K. Germer, Ronald D. Siegel, and Paul R. Fulton (2005). Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Guilford Publications: New York.
What is mindfulness? (http://www.wildmind.org/applied/daily-life/what-is-mindfulness)