If you ever find yourself stressed out and consumed with anxiety and fear, you understand just how forceful the power of thought can be. When you find yourself immersed in negative thoughts and energy, it gives rise to stress, anxiety, worry, and dread that can become all-consuming and permeate your every day.
Just as negative thoughts engender a self-sustaining cycle of negativity, focusing on positive thoughts and energies can help set you up for inner and outer peace and contentment.
The practice of mindfulness is derived from ancient Buddhist teachings – in particular, mindfulness meditation. This concept encourages all of us to focus on the moment at hand and all it has to offer, whether good or bad, instead of focusing our mental energies on the past, future, or other non-contemporaneous matters currently outside of our control.
Mindfulness approaches include mindfulness based cognitive therapy, (MBCT), mindfulness-based stress reductions (MBSR), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). These systems of mindfulness all serve to treat many psychological disorders and negative thinking patterns, such as anxiety, stress, and depression.
By being mindful and focusing only on the now, you can begin to accept things just as theyare – not how they have been or will be. After all, the only time in history you can control in this moment is this moment.
However, simply reading this web page cannot teach you the skill of mindfulness. To be truly mindful, and able to use that skill to reduce stress and anxiety in your life, you must develop and practice the skill. At Diamond Bar counseling, we have extensive experience in mindfulness, and will equip you with the tools you need to use this practice in a beneficial manner.
Mindfulness is a valuable tool to have at your disposal, and can be used to contemplate negative thoughts as they arise, process them, dismiss them, and refocus on the present. Through this process, you will learn better coping strategies for dealing with the unpleasant thoughts that inevitably surface in our minds.
If you’re ready to learn how to be mindful, and use this skill to enhance your life, contact me, and we will get started today!