Mindfulness in Therapy
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: John Donlon NLPA, Working with Success - Couples, Individuals and Families
15th December, 20110 Comments
Mindfulness is about the client meeting all their thoughts and feelings with tenderness, understanding and compassion. It has influences from Buddhism and meditative practise. One Zen monk put it well, when he said, about anger, “It is like meeting your anger and holding it like you would your dearest child,” and as one meets anger in this way – as with all our thoughts and feelings, when we explore meditatively with guided integrative high grade questions (with the use of language coming from psychotherapy, NLP, Clean Language, and meditation) then the point is not to get rid of our thoughts nor feelings but the expansion of consciousness, and as this process happens, the person can move with freedom and choice to self-realisation in a way which is peaceful with themselves…
The alternative is to live in a way where we are at war with reality, with our thoughts and feelings, and this causes stress, and a very chaotic mind.
But as the client makes peace with their own thoughts and feelings, they become more responsible, and this is very empowering, because then they can become internally validated, and instead of looking for fulfilment, love, approval, appreciation, outside of themselves, they can come in the process of self-realisation to know that they have everything they need, right here and now, in this present moment.
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