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Avoidance, Stress, and Mindfulness
In my psychotherapy practice, I often use
mindfulness meditation and related methods
as a therapeutic intervention to help
individuals face their distressing inner and
outer experiences. Mindfulness also has
implications for immune system functioning.
Mindfulness can be defined as "awareness of
present experience, with acceptance" (Germer,
2005). To my clients, I might suggest that they
pay close attention to their thoughts, feelings,
and actions in order to become more aware. As
the great cultural icon Yogi Berra once said,
"you can see a lot by just looking". Mindfulness
involves more than present-centered
awareness. It involves a certain set of
attitudes such as acceptance, patience,
gentleness, openness, non-judgement, and
non-striving. The "non-striving" attitude is
challenging for many people because most of
us have been taught (i.e., "conditioned") to
believe that there is something "better" to
attain. The paradox for many people is that

when they "try to be at peace", they set up an
opposition to being peaceful. When facilitating
select clients in mindfulness I sometimes state,
"don't try to relax...just allow yourself to be
present, open, and accepting to whatever you
are experiencing." When they stop trying to
relax and stay open and accepting to what
they're experiencing, many times they end up
feeling deeply relaxed! There are now several
research-validated therapies that integrate the
process of mindfulness. Mindfulness can be
practiced as an in-the-moment awareness
exercise and also as a formal meditation
practice. "Mindfulness meditation involves two
basic elements: concentration (e.g., on the
breath) to focus and stabilize the mind and
body; and open, nonjudgmental awareness
that observes the passing...

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