Mindfulness & Refocusing attention

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One definition of mindfulness is the act of paying attention purposely, non-judgementally, and in the present moment (Kabat-Zinn, 1994). Although others may define mindfulness differently, this is the definition that guides mindfulness practices at The Newly Institute. Rather than trying to stop thoughts or feelings (as is commonly believed and hoped for), mindfulness practices aim to notice the existence of thoughts and feelings and, in some cases, refocus the attention on a chosen object (e.g., breath, body sensations, environment). Mindfulness can be a quiet, reflective practice, or it can be more active, such as mindful walking. Mindfulness is a quality that can be brought to any situation and action.

Mindfulness practices are included in every part of program, including groups and one-to-one sessions. Participants have the opportunity to learn a variety of mindfulness skills, such as those focusing on surroundings, the body, breath, thoughts, and feelings. We understand that not every tool works for every person every time, which is why participants are given many tools to add to their “toolkit.” Participants are taught skills with the support of the treatment team and are encouraged to practice skills often to promote new habit formation.

How Mindfulness is Used

Mindfulness has roots dating back thousands of years and from all over the world. While we use the word mindfulness at The Newly Institute, others may call it meditation, reflection, prayer, contemplation, awareness, or a number of other names. The westernized approach to mindfulness is credited largely to Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction (source: National Library of Medicine).

We use Mindfulness and Resilience training as one part of a comprehensive program, developed to assist patients struggling with anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, addictions, and even chronic pain. The nature of these conditions drives us to focus on our thoughts, fears, pain, and traumatic memories, while ignoring what is taking place in the current moment. Mindfulness training teaches us how to direct our focus outwards, to notice the world around us, and to reduce the attention and the importance that we give to these negative thought patterns.

Mindfulness can be used in a multitude of ways for mental health and therapy. At The Newly Institute, we use mindfulness in conjunction with our Mindful Movement program, Sleep Education Training, and even with Acceptance Commitment Therapy and our Chronic Pain Wellness program. The Mindfulness and Resilience Training program is now a method unto itself, and has helped countless patients to live a more fulfilling life

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