A Quiet Revolution: Therapists Are Learning a New Way to Be with Clients
By Jerome Front
The Soul of Relationship: Where Self and Other Meet
By Molly Layton
A Week of Silence: Quieting the Mind and Liberating the Self
By Daniel Siegel
Appointments with Yourself: Don’t Mistake Your Schedule for Your Life
By Michael Ventura
The Precarious Present: Why Is It So Hard to Stay in the Moment?
By Robert Scaer
Any Day Above Ground: After Recovery, What Then?
By David Treadway
Hello Darkness: Discovering Our Values By Confronting Our Fears
By Steven Hayes
Content Search Overview: Therapists, social workers, counselors and others found these articles helpful in learning more about mindfulness in therapy practices. People searching for information on the following terms and concepts found these articles helpful:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Sample from: A Week of Silence, by Daniel Siegel
After focusing on the self, we focus on others. We wish safety, happiness, health, and ease first on a benefactor (someone who's supported us and our development in life), then on a friend, followed by someone about whom we feel neutral. Often an image of that person is useful to have in mind as these wishes are expressed. The next step is harder--wishing these blessings on a "difficult" person in our life, one with whom we may have a challenging relationship. And the next step can be even harder: we're asked to offer and ask for forgiveness. "I ask you for forgiveness for anything I've done or said that's caused you harm or painful feelings." Then, with the same words, one forgives this person.
I chose a friend with whom I've had a long-standing relationship that had ended with confusion and hostility recently. I pictured his face, saw the troubles that led to our rift, and asked his forgiveness for what had happened between us. It was hard, as he hasn't been forthcoming in trying to make a reconnection. But the exercise, including forgiving him for what had happened, helped me feel a sense of resolution.
From Psychotherapy Networker, November/December 2006
Sample from: Hello, Darkness, by Steven Hayes
A thought like Im bad invites us to argue about whether its true by providing evidence (usually from the past) on one side or the other. But whether its true or false is irrelevant to the fact that the thought is here, now. Simply noticing thoughts as processes, rather than as events that must be true or false, liberates clients from having to put their life on hold while cognitions are evaluated, accepted, rejected, argued with, or put in some sort of order.
The process of defusion dampens down the impact of thoughts and allows more flexibility in responding to them. For example, a panic disordered person thinking If I get anxious here Ill make a total fool of myself might short-cut the endless problem-solving, discrepancy-reducing mental rigamarole that makes the problem worse by simply thanking his mind for the thought, or by saying the thought again very slowly (a toooooootaaal foooooool of myseeeeeelllllllfff), singing the thought to the tune of a popular song, or saying it in a Donald Duck voice. The ACT defusion techniques all carry the same message: thoughts are just thoughts. Notice them and then do what works, not necessarily what they say.
The second fundamental ACT skill is Acceptance. When patients try to avoid, escape, or control painful feelings, the present becomes the enemy. Now is where and when feeling occurs, but theyre concentrating on the imagined future in which the now will be different. Coming into the present requires psychological acceptance--a voluntary and undefended leap into the multifaceted, multisensory moment. As with any leap, this means abandoning some degree of control. In a physical leap, we leave it to gravity to carry us safely back to earth. In a leap of acceptance, we give over control to the now, allowing our experiences to present themselves in their full breadth and depth.
From Psychotherapy Networker, September/October 2007