Mental Health Week | Mindfulness
Wed, 03 Oct 2018
Posted in Preschool | Lower School | Middle & Upper School

What is Mindfulness?

 

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an approach to psychotherapy that was originally created as a relapse-prevention treatment for depression. MBCT uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) methods in collaboration with Eastern psychological strategies such as mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. Like CBT, MBCT functions on the etiological theory that when individuals who have historically had depression become distressed, they return to automatic cognitive processes that can trigger a depressive episode. The goal of MBCT is to interrupt these automatic processes and teach the participants to focus less on reacting to incoming stimuli, and instead accepting and observing them without judgment.

Autopilot:

When we are in a state of complete mindful awareness to the present moment, it is the complete opposite of being on autopilot. Examples of being conscious of the present moment versus going through the motions:

Instead of being distracted by each incoming stimulus, you have a conscious intention to direct your focus to a chosen person/object/thought.

Instead of your attention being completely taken by thoughts and concepts, you are open to experiencing the direct felt sensory experience of the present moment. 

Instead of analyzing and judging whatever is currently happening, you have an attitude of openness and acceptance to the unfolding moment. 

When we are on automatic pilot, we are unaware and out of touch with the present moment; our conscious awareness is clouded. While there are numerous benefits to be able to go on autopilot (e.g., performing tasks and problem-solving), autopilot becomes harmful when it

applies to our emotional experience. Consider the ways in which you can use your innate ability to go on automatic pilot in ways that are beneficial to you and in your best interest.

Now reflect on the ways in which the tendency to go on autopilot is harmful to your felt emotional experience. How can you choose to be more present emotionally while simultaneously allowing yourself to use autopilot to help you engage in tasks and problem-solving?

 

Rumination:

It refers to the tendency to repetitively think about the causes, situational factors, and consequences of one's negative emotional experience. Basically, rumination means that you continuously think about the various aspects of situations that are upsetting.

 

 

Self-judgment:

How you view yourself mostly in a critical way. When you self-judge, you are involving an analysis of your merits and faults. But your common tendency is to express adverse opinion or draw erroneous conclusion about yourself.

 

MYnd Care for Mental Health, 2018




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