I encourage all my clients to engage in some Mindfulness practice. It can change how we think, and feel, and live, and can enhance everyday awareness to help us stop doing the same old thing repeatedly and ending up in the same miserable space. Mindfulness is a mental state, characterised by concentrated awareness of one’s thoughts, actions, or motivations. I like Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of Mindfulness which states: “Mindfulness is paying attention; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.”
I have used Mindfulness for many years and believe it has helped me immensely in terms of reflective self awareness without giving in to inner reactivity.
Utilising Mindfulness can be helpful when it comes to changing patterns in substance abuse, coping with cravings and impulses, and becoming more mind and body aware during trauma therapy. EMDR incorporates a little of Mindfulness too in that you are prompted to ‘just notice’ or asked “what came up?”