Good Afternoon CollageCorner,
You’re welcome : )
To be perfectly honest Mindfulness is a work in progress on my end as well. So, without looking at the literature I suggested, I’ll try to define it the best I can. Then I’ll write down the DBT Skills Training - Handouts and Worksheets workbook’s definition. I’m challenging myself, best way to learn!
I define Mindfulness as being a state. It’s more than being in the moment. It’s partly body scans, emotions, and engaging all of your senses to a particular activity. For example, I could do my dishes normally - that is practical and helps put order to my life. In a normal state, I do dishes and my mind wanders.
When I follow my understanding of Mindfulness and do the dishes, I use all of my senses to concentrate on the task. Nothing else matters.
Touch : warmth, cold, objects hard or soft or in between. How does that make me feel? Do I enjoy the sensation? Are there emotions being released?
Sight: colours, size, shape, water movement…
Why is that strong? Why does this help us? It’s about controlling our thoughts, learning to focus, not allowing anxieties to win.
Negative self talk, taming the monkey mind, recurring thoughts, makes us believe that we are not in control. Training the mind to do our bidding is extremely challenging, even more so when anxiety’s creeps in and complicates things.
… They [mindfulness skills] teach us how to observe and experience reality as it is, to be less judgemental, and to live in the moment with effectiveness…
Source: DBT Skills Training - Handouts and Worksheets (2n Edition), Marsha M. Linehan.
… “less judgemental”, that’s what I was missing : )
Hope this helps.