How much of your day is spent on “autopilot” moving from task to task always thinking of what happened earlier or making plans for the future? If you’re like most Americans, your answer is probably the majority of the day. There is another way to approach life.
Mindfulness means focusing on the present moment in a nonjudgmental way. Through becoming more mindful, you can improve your mental health. Beginning a regular meditation practice can help you feel in control of even your most difficult emotions (anger, fear, sadness) or at least improve your ability to face and cope with these feelings. Our therapists are trained and experienced in Mindfulness and Meditation techniques. Through counseling, you can learn to incorporate mindfulness into your life and develop a meditation practice that works for you.
Mindfulness in Counseling
At Aspire Counseling, we believe becoming more aware of both the world around you and your internal world is the first step toward better mental health. Thus, our therapists are trained in evidence based counseling methods that incorporate mindfulness. You may practice breathing exercises, use grounding stones, learn progressive muscle relaxation or just go over the DBT mind states during a therapy session at Aspire Counseling. As you become more aware, we’ll be able to use other counseling techniques such as teaching you skills to interact with your world differently, clarifying how you can act more consistently with your personal values or trauma therapy techniques. But the first step is often looking at your world with a nonjudgmental, realistic stance. In other words: Mindfulness.
If you are interested in improving your mental health, consider scheduling a free consultation with one of our therapists. If you have an established mindfulness practice already, we encourage you to share that during your first appointment. You can talk to your counselor about how mindfulness has helped already or what struggles you’ve faced and that can help determine the best course of treatment.
Relevant Blog Posts
- Is Meditation For Me?
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- Why be Thankful
- Three Ways to Practice Gratitude
- Four Benefits of Gratitude
- Radical Acceptance
- Meditation for Grief
- Nature for Emotional Healing
- Meditation for Teenagers
TED Talks about Mindfulness
Below are a few Mindfulness Meditations you may enjoy practicing with. If none of these are appealing (don’t worry, I won’t be offended), I encourage you to do a You Tube search for terms like “Mindfulness” or “Meditation” or even something more specific such as “Meditation for Depression,” “Safe Space Visualization,” “Body Scan,” “Progressive Muscle Relaxation” or “Meditation for Sleep.”