Focusing Our Lens On Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is about being able to bring one’s full attention and awareness to any desired moment, experience or circumstance. It is about being fully aware of what comes through the senses during any given experience and being fully present in it. So much can be learned about ourselves through mindfulness. For substance users it could provide key information about their emotional and physical dependencies to drugs and alcohol. It promotes a certain level of self awareness that is key in recovery.”  – Leslie Gil, LMHC

The Importance Of Focusing Your Lens On Mindfulness

Depending on your own life experience and where you are in your life’s journey you might find yourself trying to multi task throughout every waking hour of your day. Learning to multi-task starts early and continues throughout our lives.

  • The toddler is expected to keep one eye on the television or other device while concentrating on learning to walk and talk.
  • Grade school children have a daily schedule that demands that they transition to and from school, to after school projects, to sports activities and completing homework assignments that often involves parent and/or older sibling’s oversight.
  • By the time high school rolls around teenagers are competing to perform well on the college boards, all the time trying to convince the admissions committees that they are a well-rounded individual, also proficient at multitasking.
  • Most adults may recall job interviews where when asked about their strengths, they were quick to point out they are able to multitask.

And so the story goes…until of late, when more is being researched and written about how we should reign in all this multitasking and focus our lens on  mindfulness.

Harvard Business Review Weighs In On Mindfulness

Early this month the Harvard Business Review (HBR) published an interesting article Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain.  Perhaps what is most interesting about this article is that business world is beginning to become aware how important the role of mindfulness is for business leaders.

HBR authors report on how scientists from two universities reviewed data collected from more than 20 studies.  This review brought the authors to conclude:

“Mindfulness should no longer be considered a “nice-to-have” for executives. It’s a “must-have”: a way to keep our brains healthy, to support self-regulation and effective decision-making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress. It can be integrated into one’s religious or spiritual life, or practiced as a form of secular mental training. When we take a seat, take a breath, and commit to being mindful, particularly when we gather with others who are doing the same, we have the potential to be changed.”

It is understood that more research needs to be completed, hopefully upcoming research will examine how practicing mindfulness can serve all, not just those in the most high-powered positions.

Meet ABC’S Dan Harris

If you are a frequent viewer of ABC’s Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America, then maybe you are familiar with Dan Harris. He has been working at ABC News since 2000. In 2004 Dan suffered an on-air panic attack with five million viewers left wondering what was going on in his life.  Here is just a glimpse of his story and how he came to know and practice mindfulness:

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.  And if you are interested in Dan’s book 10% Happier became available in paperback in December 2014.

Family Recovery Specialists (FRS) Offer Mindfulness Training

In May 2014, FRS introduced our readers and patients to Leslie Gil.  Leslie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  Crucial to DBT is the component of mindfulness, assisting clients in learning new skills that will help in their recovery.  Staying abreast of the latest research and evidence based treatment is crucial for our patients and their family members.

Now that mindfulness is more often in the news, it is not unusual for families to inquire about mindfulness.  Focusing our lens on mindfulness is encouraged by reports from all over the world.

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