Mindfulness

mindfulnessMindfulness-Based Interventions (MBI) is an umbrella term referring to psychological and behavioural interventions, strategies and practices that support and cultivate the process of paying attention on purpose in the present moment with an attitude of openness, curiosity, and acceptance.

MBI incorporate principles, attitudes and practices of mindfulness to assist people with noticing, acknowledging and allowing their internal experiences, including sensations, feelings, urges, thoughts and images, to be what they are, without avoiding, resisting or disconnecting from any of these.

MBI can help people to develop practices and strategies for relating to their experience, aspirations and challenges in helpful ways, supporting the process of living life fully, deeply and with vitality from one moment to the next.

The interest of MBI has grown through the pioneering work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and other mindfulness practitioners and teachers since the late 1970s.

Historically MBI have their roots in the Buddhist mindfulness meditation tradition, and more recently in the Western Insight Meditation tradition.

Within the traditions of Western psychology and psychiatry MBI are being applied to the management of a range of conditions and concerns including pain, stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance use and relationships.

MBI can be beneficial to people who do not suffer from these conditions but want to develop MBI and practices to enhance their quality of life, vitality and relationships and to move toward valued directions.

Examples of MBI include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR); and, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

MBI are accessible to individuals and couples seeking counselling or coaching, and through group learning programs.

Charles Thermos is ACT, MBSR and MBCT trained with a strong interest and extensive experience in MBI.

If you are interested in learning about MBI please contact Charles on 0438 055 565 or charles@transformativepsychology.com.au

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