My work as a therapist deepened exponentially when I integrated mindfulness into the therapeutic process. I quickly saw how effective this practice was for clients. I often call mindfulness the bullet train to freedom.
Mindfulness is a set of three attention skills working effectively together.
- Concentration Power: the ability to focus on what you consider to be relevant in any given time. The benefits include you can choose what you want to focus on and be more engaged in your experience.
- Sensory Clarity: the ability to track and explore our sense experience in real time. Benefits include more insight through using heightened discernment and detection skills related to sensory experience. Another benefit of sensory clarity is it declutters your experience of overwhelm. The use of discernment of the dynamic interplay between seeing, hearing, and feeling which causes overwhelm or getting “caught” in an experience. So by systematically disentangling our experience through the labels of See, Hear, and Feel we reduce overwhelm.
- Equanimity: the ability to allow your sense experience to come and go without resistance.
source: Unified Mindfulness
I am now formally training in Unified Mindfulness, the official teacher training platform for Shinzen Young. Created with over 50 years of research and testing by Shinzen Young. Unified Mindfulness is a system of meditation that's easily researchable by science, with clear terminology and rigorous precision around concepts and procedures. This system is used by leading institutions like Harvard and Carnegie Mellon for their research on meditation.