Mindfulness involves observing and accepting the things around and within us, without judgment. In therapy, Johanna may involve mindfulness skills to build awareness of various issues and to develop coping strategies. The exercise below is not individualized to your needs as it may be in therapy, but is rather intended as a general exercise that you may find useful.
May’s mindfulness exercise:
Mindfulness is not always a quiet, passive observation. Mindfulness can occur in conversation as well. Today, while in conversation with a friend, family member, or co-worker, try to notice three things: 1. What did you talk about? (What was the content of the conversation?) 2. What did you notice about the other person in the conversation (verbal and non-verbal)? What emotions did that person display? 3. What did you notice about yourself in the conversation? How did you feel emotionally? Write these things down and try to pay attention to these things without judging your observations as good or bad.
NOTE: This is not intended to replace therapy. Please contact Johanna at (585)406-3012 if you are interested in individual or group therapy.