The most basic definition of mindfulness is to be in the moment, aware of your surroundings and what you are doing, without any judgement or reaction to what is happening around you. Of course, there are variations to this definition, additions and other types of concepts that pertain to mindfulness. Depending on the practice, mindfulness can have a varied meaning, but the main idea is having awareness in the moment.All of us have the ability to be mindful but many of us don’t practice it. That is neither right or wrong, it is just a matter of reality.
Mindfulness can be practiced in very simple ways, through walking, sitting, standing or through movement, like in yoga. Most people associate mindfulness with meditation. Mindfulness meditation is an excellent practice to calm the mind, relax the body and nervous system, and get into the present moment. It doesn’t need any sort of stigma or stereotype attached to it, doesn’t need to be a spiritual kind of practice, doesn’t require any type of ceremony, music or incense or candles. It just requires you to be quiet and aware.
Mindfulness is also very prevalent in different therapeutic modalities, such as, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Somatic Experiencing, Seeking Safety, Psychodrama, and many others. It is important for individuals to find what works best for them so they can get to the core of what is challenging them in life. It does not work the same for everyone, and that is important to understand.
Drug and alcohol treatment has become highly generic in its approach to helping people recover. Not because they are greedy and selfish and heartless (well, some are), but because they need to meet their bottom line and keep their doors open. Running a rehab is expensive, plain and simple. However, in this process of keeping “heads on beds”, the individual who is struggling gets thrown into a system of care that is designed to help the masses, but isn’t actually doing a lot to provide care for each specific person, based on their situation.See how we are different