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1 The Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center MindfulnessThe Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center
2 MindfulnessMINDFULNESS IS LEARNING TO OBSERVE OUR EXPERIENCES, INTERACTIONS, AND RELATIONSHIPS AND ENVIRONMENTS FULLY WITHOUT JUDGEMENTThe Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center
3 MindfulnessMindfulness 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 Purpose is to observe your experiences and environmentThe Objective is to welcome your experience rather than control itIt is NOT a process that leads to solutions- the skill makes solutions easier to identify and learnThe Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center
5 Goals of MindfulnessTo improve one’s ability to recognize internal versus external sources of distressTo help observe rather than evaluate experiencesTo learn solution-focused coping instead of emotion- focused copingThe 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.Scientific traditions tend to emphasize analysis rather than extended observation. MINDFULNESS is learning to observe fully without judgment… We try to observe without analysis, as if the experience or emotion is new. DETACH and DESCRIBE as fully as possible. Of course this is difficult as we often instinctively analyze- The goal is simply to get more practice at observing: “to sometimes choose to be mindful on purpose.”The Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery CenterSlowinski & Welk-Richards
6 States of Mind Wise Mind Reasonable Mind Emotional Mind The Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center
7 Beginners MindThis 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 DOne thing in the moment Now! Environment Moment Increase sensations Non-judgment Describe (don’t prescribe or proscribe)Focus on one thing at a timeFocus on the Now!Pay attention to the environmentPay attention to the momentIncrease sensations (touch, sight, hearing, taste, smells)Strive to be non-judgmentalDescribe situations- don’T prescribe and don’t proscribeThe Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery CenterSlowinski & Welk-Richards
9 Taking Hold of your Mind: “WHAT” OBSERVEDESCRIBEPARTICIPATEDESCRIBING WITH WORDS- WORDS CAN EITHER DECRIBE OR DISTORT EXPERIENCESThe Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery CenterSlowinski & Welk-Richards
10 Observe and DescribeThese 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” Non-JudgmentallyOne-MindfullyEffectivelyThe Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center
13 Non-JudgmentalThis 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 Focus on one thing in the moment.Multi-tasking versus one thing at a timeEffectivelyFocusing on what is most usefulNot sweating the small, insignificant stuffBalance between short-term and long-term goals as well as what is important right nowDoing what we know works instead of what we feel like doing
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)The Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center