Why does mindfulness have a place in psychotherapy?
Mindfulness has become a modern buzzword in different types of therapies, practices and environments. But what does it mean and how does it apply to psychotherapy? Mindfulness can be translated as awareness. So, in a sense when we talk about mindfulness, we are talking about what you are aware of right now. In this moment, you might only be aware of reading this post, but as you expand you awareness you might start to recognize your body, surroundings, etc. Thus, you just practiced mindfulness.
Mindfulness can go a long way in our lives and in the psychotherapy session in particular. It is a very important skill to be able to expand your awareness and see what else is happening. In therapy, this might translate as not only focusing on the struggle, but being able to recognize other aspects of the inner landscape. Being mindful is a way to disidentify with limiting beliefs and unpleasant sensations. It is a way of seeing clearly and truthfully about what is happening in any given moment. In a sense, psychotherapy may have always been about mindfulness. So then the question becomes how do we become more mindful. There are many practices that can help this. But I think the most important thing to recognize is that mindfulness is not something that you create. It is something that is already inside of you. You just have to know where to look. And its access point is truly different for everyone.