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The most important and fundamental skill to learn for meditation is how to deeply relax. Even if learning to deeply relax is the only thing we learn, we have achieved an incredibly useful skill for these chaotic and complex times. Through physical and mental relaxation we become “psychologically safe,” and are able to respond rather than react to our world.
Once we truly know how to relax, only then can we learn to meditate. Through meditation we learn to work with “monkey mind,” the untrained mind that wanders off repeatedly, distorts reality and creates anxiety. We learn how to be present in our lives in a way that is deeply fulfilling.
Individual meditation instruction is always helpful. Daily meditation practice is highly recommended.
Mindfulness in Psychotherapy
Some of my most successful clients have learned to make good use of mindfulness skills during the course of us working together. Mindfulness can be quite helpful for building other skills to manage stress, enjoy life, regulate emotions and work with challenging experiences. Mindfulness leads to a friendly kind of curiosity that is open to new experiences, an attitude that can serve you well not only while in psychotherapy but in other areas of your life.
It is a skill that needs to be developed in order to be useful.
The best way to get started in mindfulness meditation is to start where you are. For most people this means starting with (what can be) the daunting experience of a chaotic and undisciplined mind. A busy mind like this is normal and extremely ordinary. The key to learning mindfulness meditation is to practice meditation long enough to give it a chance to work. You have to learn how to train your mind. It takes practice, perseverance and faith. Working with a meditation teacher can be most helpful too, because meditation can be quite difficult to learn on your own. If you need assistance in finding a meditation teacher please let me know. I might be able to help.
The best and most efficient way to become mindful is by engaging in daily meditation sessions, just as the best way to get in physical shape is to go to the gym on a regular basis. I recommend working up to at least 30 minutes per day, starting with 5 minutes per day and building up the amount of time slowly.