I will not be ready for Christmas… At least I hope not. This year I plan to enjoy the festive buzz, the decorations in the shops, the excitement, the gatherings without getting stressed striving to get everything right. The countdown has started and the pressure is building. But this year I have pledged to stay outside the whirlwind and keep it as simple as possible. So I will not get things ‘ready’ in quite the way family might expect…
Mindfulness helps me stay grounded, rooted in the present moment and less susceptible to the whirlwind of outside events – whether it’s Christmas or political machinations. It helps me stay connected to the beautiful countryside, to be in my body in this moment and, as a psychotherapist, to be fully present with the client in the room.
The term ‘mindfulness’ has become a fashionable concept. A term that I first heard in a Buddhist monastery is now used in business, schools, even advertising… But what is its essence and how can we incorporate in our lives?
I challenge you to do this: to close your eyes for 30 seconds and notice how your body feels, your mind, your emotions. Notice how they are not separate from each other. Notice your thoughts coming and going. Don’t get hooked in, just notice, just be aware. That is mindfulness.
In Core Process Psychotherapy both therapist and client are engaged in a joint healing process where an awareness of the body, its feelings, and the content and states of mind that arise, are used to explore who we are and what makes us suffer. The therapist is there to help facilitate awareness in each moment. We need to be fully present to the immediacy of our inner and outer experience to allow healing and an inner peace to arise. Wishing you a peaceful festive season!
For more information about Core Process Psychotherapy visit www.psychotherapyinsuffolk.com or www.karuna-institute.co.uk