This month the CPF (clinical psychology forum), had a main focus on mindfulness. Mindfulness is a technique which teaches individuals to "pay attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally" (Kabat-Zinn, 1994: 4). While reading about mindfulness and its possible uses; NICE has recommended it for individuals having repeated difficulties from depression, to alleviate stress in the workplace, or for acute in-patients in later life, it struck me that it seems like a really simple concept.
If it works; with many different research journals reporting that it does, do we need to start incorporating it into all types of intervention training? Does it need to happen in an environment with a therapist guiding the sessions, or do the self-help books/audiobooks teach mindfulness effectively? If it really is such a simple tool which aids individuals through difficult situations, should it be taught in schools? Children are under increased pressure to achieve, and if this works why should this technique be withheld until someone is at tipping point?
Ok so I am not going to be able to answer all these questions but they are definitely worth thinking about. I will however, be testing out a few self-help mindfulness audiobooks and books to see if we can teach it to ourselves effectively. It is not something I have been taught, or used in the past so like the majority of the population I will be starting from scratch. I will keep people up to date with my findings over the next few weeks. If you have used a self-help mindfulness book/audiobook that worked - let me know and I will see if I can track it down and test it out. Have a great week! Katie.
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