Meditation Exercises Soothe Clients and Build Rapport
In the spacious room where I'm leading a retreat on relational mindfulness, several dozen therapists sit with their eyes closed, silently attending to their breathing. Many people understand this process as a path toward individual growth and healing, and it is. But the paradox of mindfulness meditation is that in cultivating a more attuned and loving relationship to ourselves, we nurture our capacity for a more resonant connection with others. Mindfulness has a pay-it-forward momentum---for when clinicians are more attuned to their clients, they, in turn, can more readily move forward into greater awareness and kindness toward themselves.
Therapists Are Learning a New Way to Be With Their Clients
If you're a therapist these days, it's hard to open a publication—or your mailbox—without hearing about mindfulness. Are the Eastern wisdom traditions changing the face of our field and our notions of the therapeutic relationship?