Mindfulness – page maintained by Christopher Walsh

  • The concept mindfulness on en.wikipedia: about mindfulness in Buddhism.
  • For information on the use of mindfulness in Western psychology, see Mindfulness (psychology).
  • For other uses, see Mindfulness /disambiguation.
  • … This site is designed to assist people who are interested in the integration of psychotherapy and medical therapies, for their own well being , for the purpose of enhancing the therapeutic relationship or to improve the quality of clinical interventions.
  • Taking advantage of the recent acceptance of mindfulness meditation by cognitive therapists, Chris presented this paper to the 28th National Conference for the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy in April 2005. (Homepage ).

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MINDFULNESS INSTRUCTIONS /Introduction: Mindfulness is the act of deliberately paying attention in a particular way. 

This particular way involves bringing the attention back to the present moment and being non judgemental.

So we become aware of the full range of experience including sensory impressions, thoughts, imagery emotions, urges and impulses. We even can become aware of the quality of mindfulness itself – weather the mind is calm and clear or agitated or dull and foggy.

Because we do not judge either the the content or the processes of our mind we become freer to observe without identifying with the contents of our thoughts. It is as if we are watching the stream of consciousness rather than swimming in it and being buffeted by its eddies and currents.

SETTING and POSTURE:

Even though we can practice mindfulness in any place and in any posture, some conditions are more conducive. So first we find a relatively quiet place where we are unlikely to be disturbed. We then adopt a relaxed but alert posture. The traditional position is sitting cross legged on a cushion on the floor, but sitting on a chair with the back straight and unsupported and relaxed will do just as well.

EYES OPENED OR CLOSED: … (full long text Introduction).

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