Mindfulness – a Winter’s Tale

By Published On: June 14, 2018

Mindfulness – a Winter’s Tale

Mindfulness – a Winter’s Tale

Mindfulness – a Winter’s Tale

By Published On: June 14, 2018

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Reed Everingham

Provides counselling and psychotherapy services for individuals, couples, and groups. He is also a clinical supervisor and academic at Western Sydney and Deakin Universities. His approach is trauma-informed, gender-affirmative, and person-centred.

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THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS THE VIEWS OF THE AUTHOR AND IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT. PLEASE REACH OUT TO A REGISTERED THERAPIST IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING DISTRESS AND REQUIRE ASSISTANCE © REED EVERINGHAM CONSULTING.

There is a melancholy to winter. The short days, the cloudy mornings, the drizzle, the mists rolling in like living things, subduing and demotivating. Even when it’s clear, the sun has barely any bite. The changing seasons influence my ebb and flow. It’s time for warm jumpers, rest, and soup! The birds fly north, the snakes and lizards slumber in their nooks, and the plants and trees free themselves of foliage. For all intents and purposes, it appears winter is saying, “Leave it be and let it rest for a while”.

I see this change as winter’s invitation: to slow down, to be introspective, to take stock and to seek out small wonders and hidden beauties – crocus flowers poking up through the snow and king parrots flashing red and green in the treetops.

What can we do to embrace the spirit of winter, this slowing, restful and mindful season?

Cultivating a sense of wonder and curiosity about the present moment is a great way to bring awareness into the here and now. Bringing the skill of mindfulness to our everyday experience can add a level of meaning and clarity to our present moment – as well as the moments that flow from its source. Being aware of the fullness of our experience awakens us to the inner world of our mind and immerses us completely in our lives (Siegel, 2007).

Mindfulness and contemplative approaches aim to relieve the symptoms of psychological stress, negative mental states and physical pain. A topic of growing scientific interest and application, the current research has provided evidence for benefits in behaviour regulation, psychological health, and interpersonal relationships (Brown et al., 2007).

The idea is that with practice, we can shift our focus away from the thing(s) that bring discomfort and craving via a process of paying attention, or “attunement”, by embracing a sense of uncertainty from one moment to the next, with less judgement and expectation for what might be occurring in the moment (Kbat-Zinn, 2005). We all can be mindful. It primarily involves cultivating our ability to pay attention. The practice allows us to disengage from mental “clutter” and to have a clear mindmaking it possible to respond, rather than react, to situations. This skill of paying attention moment to moment improves our decision-making and potential for physical and mental relaxation.

I enjoy those subtle moments when clients tune into what’s happening for them in the here and now. Not what the book says or what I say… but what they say, feel, think, and experience. At first, clients may experience mindfulness in the therapy room via the methods and techniques we may explore in session. Over time, this skill begins to permeate other parts of their life, bringing a greater sense of meaning and wellness. 

In the flow of their life, the client begins to flourish!

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if the ideas above resonate for you in light of yourself and your situation. 

REFERENCES:

Siegel, D. (2007). The mindful brain: Reflection and attunement in the cultivation of well-being (1st ed.). New York: Norton.

Brown, K., Ryan, R., & Creswell, J. (2007). Addressing Fundamental Questions About Mindfulness. Psychological Inquiry, 18(4), 272-281.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2005). Coming to our senses: Healing ourselves and the world through mindfulness. New York: Hyperion.

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Mindfulness
Reed Everingham

Provides counselling and psychotherapy services for individuals, couples, and groups. He is also a clinical supervisor and academic at Western Sydney and Deakin Universities. His approach is trauma-informed, gender-affirmative, and person-centred.

Disclaimer

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS THE VIEWS OF THE AUTHOR AND IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT. PLEASE REACH OUT TO A REGISTERED THERAPIST IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING DISTRESS AND REQUIRE ASSISTANCE © REED EVERINGHAM CONSULTING.

There is a melancholy to winter. The short days, the cloudy mornings, the drizzle, the mists rolling in like living things, subduing and demotivating. Even when it’s clear, the sun has barely any bite. The changing seasons influence my ebb and flow. It’s time for warm jumpers, rest, and soup! The birds fly north, the snakes and lizards slumber in their nooks, and the plants and trees free themselves of foliage. For all intents and purposes, it appears winter is saying, “Leave it be and let it rest for a while”.

I see this change as winter’s invitation: to slow down, to be introspective, to take stock and to seek out small wonders and hidden beauties – crocus flowers poking up through the snow and king parrots flashing red and green in the treetops.

What can we do to embrace the spirit of winter, this slowing, restful and mindful season?

Cultivating a sense of wonder and curiosity about the present moment is a great way to bring awareness into the here and now. Bringing the skill of mindfulness to our everyday experience can add a level of meaning and clarity to our present moment – as well as the moments that flow from its source. Being aware of the fullness of our experience awakens us to the inner world of our mind and immerses us completely in our lives (Siegel, 2007).

Mindfulness and contemplative approaches aim to relieve the symptoms of psychological stress, negative mental states and physical pain. A topic of growing scientific interest and application, the current research has provided evidence for benefits in behaviour regulation, psychological health, and interpersonal relationships (Brown et al., 2007).

The idea is that with practice, we can shift our focus away from the thing(s) that bring discomfort and craving via a process of paying attention, or “attunement”, by embracing a sense of uncertainty from one moment to the next, with less judgement and expectation for what might be occurring in the moment (Kbat-Zinn, 2005). We all can be mindful. It primarily involves cultivating our ability to pay attention. The practice allows us to disengage from mental “clutter” and to have a clear mindmaking it possible to respond, rather than react, to situations. This skill of paying attention moment to moment improves our decision-making and potential for physical and mental relaxation.

I enjoy those subtle moments when clients tune into what’s happening for them in the here and now. Not what the book says or what I say… but what they say, feel, think, and experience. At first, clients may experience mindfulness in the therapy room via the methods and techniques we may explore in session. Over time, this skill begins to permeate other parts of their life, bringing a greater sense of meaning and wellness. 

In the flow of their life, the client begins to flourish!

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if the ideas above resonate for you in light of yourself and your situation. 

REFERENCES:

Siegel, D. (2007). The mindful brain: Reflection and attunement in the cultivation of well-being (1st ed.). New York: Norton.

Brown, K., Ryan, R., & Creswell, J. (2007). Addressing Fundamental Questions About Mindfulness. Psychological Inquiry, 18(4), 272-281.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2005). Coming to our senses: Healing ourselves and the world through mindfulness. New York: Hyperion.

There is a melancholy to winter. The short days, the cloudy mornings, the drizzle, the mists rolling in like living things, subduing and demotivating. Even when it’s clear, the sun has barely any bite. The changing seasons influence my ebb and flow. It’s time for warm jumpers, rest, and soup! The birds fly north, the snakes and lizards slumber in their nooks, and the plants and trees free themselves of foliage. For all intents and purposes, it appears winter is saying, “Leave it be and let it rest for a while”.

I see this change as winter’s invitation: to slow down, to be introspective, to take stock and to seek out small wonders and hidden beauties – crocus flowers poking up through the snow and king parrots flashing red and green in the treetops.

What can we do to embrace the spirit of winter, this slowing, restful and mindful season?

Cultivating a sense of wonder and curiosity about the present moment is a great way to bring awareness into the here and now. Bringing the skill of mindfulness to our everyday experience can add a level of meaning and clarity to our present moment – as well as the moments that flow from its source. Being aware of the fullness of our experience awakens us to the inner world of our mind and immerses us completely in our lives (Siegel, 2007).

Mindfulness and contemplative approaches aim to relieve the symptoms of psychological stress, negative mental states and physical pain. A topic of growing scientific interest and application, the current research has provided evidence for benefits in behaviour regulation, psychological health, and interpersonal relationships (Brown et al., 2007).

The idea is that with practice, we can shift our focus away from the thing(s) that bring discomfort and craving via a process of paying attention, or “attunement”, by embracing a sense of uncertainty from one moment to the next, with less judgement and expectation for what might be occurring in the moment (Kbat-Zinn, 2005). We all can be mindful. It primarily involves cultivating our ability to pay attention. The practice allows us to disengage from mental “clutter” and to have a clear mindmaking it possible to respond, rather than react, to situations. This skill of paying attention moment to moment improves our decision-making and potential for physical and mental relaxation.

I enjoy those subtle moments when clients tune into what’s happening for them in the here and now. Not what the book says or what I say… but what they say, feel, think, and experience. At first, clients may experience mindfulness in the therapy room via the methods and techniques we may explore in session. Over time, this skill begins to permeate other parts of their life, bringing a greater sense of meaning and wellness. 

In the flow of their life, the client begins to flourish!

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if the ideas above resonate for you in light of yourself and your situation. 

REFERENCES:

Siegel, D. (2007). The mindful brain: Reflection and attunement in the cultivation of well-being (1st ed.). New York: Norton.

Brown, K., Ryan, R., & Creswell, J. (2007). Addressing Fundamental Questions About Mindfulness. Psychological Inquiry, 18(4), 272-281.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2005). Coming to our senses: Healing ourselves and the world through mindfulness. New York: Hyperion.

Image Credit: Unsplash
Mindfulness
Reed Everingham

Provides counselling and psychotherapy services for individuals, couples, and groups. He is also a clinical supervisor and academic at Western Sydney and Deakin Universities. His approach is trauma-informed, gender-affirmative, and person-centred.

Disclaimer

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS THE VIEWS OF THE AUTHOR AND IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT. PLEASE REACH OUT TO A REGISTERED THERAPIST IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING DISTRESS AND REQUIRE ASSISTANCE © REED EVERINGHAM CONSULTING.

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