It's not just sitting and trying not to think, we promise!
Mindfulness at it's core is the art and practice of paying attention.
So much of our ability and power to cultivate change in our lives comes from knowing what is going on in our mind, body, and surroundings in the first place.
An easy way to conceptualize mindfulness is to break it into three core pieces:
INTENTION: Setting the intention to develop awareness of the mind (thoughts and emotions), body, and ones surroundings, and returning to this awareness over and over again
ATTENTION: Permission to observe these thoughts, emotions, and sensations as they arise.
NONJUDGEMENT: Allowing this awareness and attention to be neutral and non-judgemental. Simply noticing.
All of the therapists at CCW integrate mindfulness into their therapy practice in one way or another. Mindfulness theories are heavily researched to improve mental health durastically, and have been foundational to the creation of the most evidence-based therapies (CBT, DBT, ACT, etc) as well as holistic and narrative therapies!
A few ways to practice mindfulness on your own
guided or general meditation
mindful movement and dance
contemplative practices like journaling
grounding activites involving the 5 senses: sight, touch, taste, sound, smell
`You can actually integrate mindfulness into any activity you do by setting the intention to be aware and attentive to the present moment without judgement.