February 6, 2009
Imagine my surprise when, a couple years ago, I did Dialectical Behavior Therapy training and meditation was a part of it! Of course, it was called mindfulness, but it was the same, and very familiar. Working with highly anxious children back then, I was able to utilize many of the techniques that I knew, as well as some of the ones that I was taught.
Now, working with adults, mindfulness is popping up more and more, which is a wonderful sign. I think in today consumerist world, our eye is always on the future. We are filled with wants and desires that we do not need, but that consume our time and money. As well, so much of our emotions are wrapped up in this future orientation. By using mindfulness, we are able to come back to the present and just be in the moment.
In my practicum, I will be working with some groups, and in at least one of them, we will be using mindfulness. I will be picking some appropriate activities that fit in with the days teachings. This is very exciting to me, because not only do I have knowledge of this area, I also know how much mindfulness can help the people that use it.