The Power of Presence – Mindfulness based Therapy

The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness has been present in multiple practices throughout the world for millenniums. Its origin has been traced to Hinduism in 1500 BCE and was introduced to the field of psychology in the 20th century. Mindfulness is a mental state which consists of achieving a deeper awareness of one’s body and mind by focusing on the present moment. It is utilized in many therapeutic practices such as Mindfulness-based stress reduction, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Mindfulness is more than an intervention, it is a way of life. According to an article on the benefits of mindfulness by the American Psychological Association, mindfulness has been shown to:

Reduce

  • rumination
  • stress
  • emotional reactivity

Increase

  • working memory
  • focused attention
  • cognitive flexibility
  • relationship satisfaction

Techniques used in Mindfulness based therapy

mindset-743166_960_720During sessions, therapists can use various tools in order to help their clients achieve a state of mindfulness. Some of the techniques used include breathing meditation, sitting meditation, and body sensation meditation. The techniques can be used at any time and whenever needed.

It is also recommended to practice mindfulness outside of therapy. There are various practices promoting mindfulness such as yoga, qigong, tai chi, as well as the meditations mentioned above. The goal is to focus on oneself and on the present moment.

Mindfulness Based Therapy at Sofia University

Mindfulness is one of the major educational teaching models at Sofia University that provides the foundation for deep transformational growth and enhanced personal experience of the subject matter.Faculty understand the stress and anxiety experienced daily by both students and humanity in general, and the school’s mission is to teach students how to integrate and transcend these stressors.

Almost every in-person psychology class begins and ends with meditation and centering, while other classes are entirely focused on mindfulness. Courses such as “Transpersonal Skills Labs (Yoga, Ai-kido)”, “Meditation & Mindfulness”, and “Creative Expression” are examples of such mindfully focused courses.

If you’re interested to learn more about yourself, as well as how to help others in a mindful and transpersonal environment, then Sofia University is meant for you! Have a look at our degrees to find what resonates best.

Hope you join the family 🙂
A bientôt!

Here are some external resources if you would like to learn more about mindfulness:

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Mindfulness quote borrowed from Goodreads 

About the Author

paramanBlog writer Pierre Araman is a student in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program. He is an international student originally from France who has lived in many different countries around the world. Serendipity brought him to Sofia University.  His goal to fuse spirituality and science in the field of psychology is based on the belief that body, mind, & soul have not been fully integrated in either domain. Promoting Sofia University is a passion as well as he believes the university is a unique and wonderful environment. You can contact Pierre at p.araman@sofia.edu

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