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Mindfulness Practice Made Simple

Do not be fooled.  As simple as it sounds, mindfulness practice is very sophisticated and powerful in its effect.  Over the past few years, there has been a flurry of books, programs, videos, seminars and mindfulness consultants, so that the concept seems faddish.  Despite its relatively recent discovery by the media, and expanding scientific research, mindfulness practice has been around for thousands of years, in various forms. At the core of mindfulness practice are two key principles: 1. the capacity to step back from the past and the future, focusing all one’s attention on the immediate moment, and observing what is happening in that moment 2. applying the first principle without judgment of one’s self or others, and with as much kindness and compassion as possible. That’s it.  If you start doing those two things, you are practicing mindfulness. I have found that empowering clients to utilize mindfulness practice is helpful in almost all cases, and absolutely essential in some cases.  For example, in the psychological treatment of clients with severe Tinnitus, progress can rarely be made without it.  I have found it equally important in the treatment of psychological symptoms associated with medical conditions, particularly chronic pain. There are many books and articles available on the subject of mindfulness.  Here is a very approachable book that some of my clients have found very helpful.  You can find a nice introduction to mindfulness practice at the Frantic World website.
Book cover for Mindfulness:Finding Peace In A Frantic World
Licensed Clinical Psychologist