Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally to whatever is happening. It is a kind and reliable way for you to notice and become familiar with your behaviors, thoughts, sensations, and feelings.
Mindfulness practice is also shown to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression and enhance the body's natural healing capacities, immune response, nervous system regulation, and overall sense of wellbeing.
The non-judgmental or "conscious welcoming" aspect of mindfulness is foundational for strengthening one's emotional intelligence. Your willingness to meet yourself with compassion and understanding directly impacts your capacity to do so with others.
Self-inquiry is an invitation for sincere examination of any unquestioned story.
It's a radical practice because you get to look for yourself to see what is true and you get to see how what you believe impacts you to determine whether the story is working for you or not.
Many of our stressful stories originated in childhood and are being used to justify the limiting concepts and images we hold about ourselves and our world now. Which means that when we are willing to investigate our thinking, we have the potential to completely transform our lives - past and present.
Just for context: According to the National Science Foundation, an average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day and of those, 80% are negative and 95% are repetitive. Ultimately, self-inquiry helps us meet our painful stories with presence so we can step into a kinder, friendlier universe.
Why relational process?
Research shows that the greatest predictor of successful therapy is the quality of the therapeutic relationship. Thus, along with providing my presence, listening, and active curiosity about your experience - my aim is to engage you relationally.
Relationships are the vehicles within which we clarify and communicate our truth, negotiate the needs and anxieties of ourselves and others, make conscious and unconscious agreements and requests, mess up and find ways to repair, navigate healthy boundaries of individuality and togetherness, and learn to weather the continual opening and closing of our hearts.
Therapy can provide you with tools and understanding but it is the practice and experience of relating that will support you to successfully integrate and implement the positive changes you're seeking to make in your daily life.
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"What's in the way, is the way." - Mary O'Malley