Despite the perception that only a child’s emotions rule their life (as depicted in Pixars new movie Inside Out), your children may already know more about mindfulness than you. Some clients say they don’t know what mindfulness is but they think it has something to do with meditating. Actually, meditation can be helpful but it isn’t necessary. If you saw the movie Inside Out and were prompted to question where the ‘boss’ was to keep the emotions in check, then you already have a clue about what mindfulness is. Mindfulness is a “hot topic” in Western psychology right now – increasingly recognized as a powerful therapeutic intervention for everything from work stress to depression – and also as an effective tool for increasing emotional intelligence.
KindKids, MindUp, and SmilingMind are just some of the programs that are enskilling your children to be able to cope with anxiety, worries and sadness possibly better than the adults around them. Mindfulness is now known to an easy to use tool for stress management, improved learning, and improved relationships with self and others. As a result, more and more educators are encouraging their students to learn about mindfulness. This makes me think that the next generation of adults will have some powerful mental tools that enhance their life and their experience of living, that us adults weren’t ever taught. How do we catch up with the next generation? Do we have to go back to school also?
Luckily, mindfulness is easy to learn and requires no meditation if that’s ‘not your thing’. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a powerful mindfulness-based therapy and coaching model, which currently leads the field in terms of research, application and results. ACT gets it name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life. The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life. ACT (which is pronounced as the word ‘act’, not as the initials) does this by:
Teaching you psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively – in such a way that they have much less impact and influence over you (mindfulness).
Helping you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you – i.e your values – then enabling you to use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better.
You can access this effective therapy now at The Lotus Centre. Laura Abley is a Psychotherapist and former Fertility Nurse with a special interest in the mental and emotional challenge that IVF therapy brings. To learn more about experiencing a life that you are proud to stand for, have a look at the website www.torch-light.com.au or give Laura a call on 0402 424 946.