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1 MINDFULNESS The Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center

2 Mindfulness The Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center 2 MINDFULNESS IS LEARNING TO OBSERVE OUR EXPERIENCES, INTERACTIONS, AND RELATIONSHIPS AND ENVIRONMENTS FULLY WITHOUT JUDGEMENT

3 Mindfulness  Mindfulness is about keeping your awareness in the current moment most of the time. It is about being present and aware in your life today.  “The past is past and the future isn’t here yet!”  This does not mean that you should not plan for the future, it means that there is no point to excessively worrying about what is to come… it is effective to plan and prepare for the future and not obsess about the future.  If you are thinking about the future, do it with intension and mindfulness.

4 Purpose and Objective of Mindfulness The Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center 4  The Purpose is to observe your experiences and environment  The Objective is to welcome your experience rather than control it  It is NOT a process that leads to solutions- the skill makes solutions easier to identify and learn

5 Goals of Mindfulness The Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center 5  To improve one’s ability to recognize internal versus external sources of distress  To help observe rather than evaluate experiences  To learn solution-focused coping instead of emotion- focused coping  The goal of mindfulness activities is to “work out” you brain like a muscle. To train it to slow down and focus without allowing distractions to take control.

6 States of Mind The Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center 6 Reasonable Mind Emotional Mind Wise Mind

7 Beginners Mind  This concept is paired with the concepts of Radical Acceptance (Distress Tolerance). It suggests that we enter into experiences and situations in our life without judgment; no “good” or “bad,” no “positive” or “negative.”  You should enter every situation and every relationship as if you were seeing it for the very first time… “This reoccurring newness prevents you from bringing any old judgments into the present moment, ultimately helping you to stay in better control of your emotions” (Moonshine).

8 O N E M I N D The Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center 8 One thing in the moment Now! Environment Moment Increase sensations Non-judgment Describe (don’t prescribe or proscribe)

9 Taking Hold of your Mind: “WHAT” The Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center 9

10 Observe and Describe  These two skills are about noticing what is going on inside and outside. Letting go of any thoughts about the past or the future and focusing on the here and now (Moonshine).  When distraction thoughts enter into your mind, imaging them floating away like a cloud floats by in the sky.

11 Participate Fully  Participate fully in one experience at one time.  Being active and involved in your life.  “Fully participating may mean that you have to challenge yourself to come out of your shell, face your fears, or combat your impulse to withdraw” (Moonshine)

12 Taking Hold of your Mind: “HOW” The Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center 12

13 Non-Judgmental  This is about not assigning judgment to others or YOURSELF. It is also about not assigning judgment to a situation, environment, or moment.  In placing judgment on self or others we can create a tremendous amount of additional and unnecessary distress.

14 One-Mindfully and Effectively One-Mindfully  Focus on one thing in the moment.  Multi-tasking versus one thing at a time Effectively  Focusing on what is most useful  Not sweating the small, insignificant stuff  Balance between short-term and long-term goals as well as what is important right now  Doing what we know works instead of what we feel like doing

15 Additional Concepts TURTLING BODY SCANNING SQUARE BREATHING

16 The Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center 16 “THE IDEA IS TO BECOME MORE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS, YOUR EXPERIENCES, YOUR EMOTIONS, AND TO LEARN TO DESCRIBE THEM ALL AS IF YOU WERE OBSERVING RATHER THAN ANALYZING THEM. ONCE WE’VE ACHIEVED GREATER MINDFULNESS, WE CAN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE THE THINGS THAT UPSET UP EMOTIONALLY IN TERMS OF HOW THEY MAKE US FEEL, WITH THE ULTIMATE GOAL BEING TO ACHIEVE MORE EFFECTIVE EMOTIONAL CONTROL,” (WWW.SOBERRECOVERY.COM)WWW.SOBERRECOVERY.COM


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