February 2022

mindfulness confusion and doubt

Confusion and Doubt

Sometimes people undergoing mindfulness training ask themselves “What am I doing here with closed eyes watching my breath and body sensations?” Such doubt usually arises when we are still not clear about the reasons for mindfulness training. If you find yourself doubting your training, ask your therapist for further clarification and re-read the introductory handouts […]

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Agitation

Misunderstanding the techniques of mindfulness in the early stages often leads to some agitation and the desire to distract ourselves, misinterpret the experience, become agitated and ultimately stop practising. Agitation can occur and be stimulated in many ways. For example, we can feel irritable because of external background noise, intrusive thoughts, uncomfortable room temperature, thinking

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Poor Interoception

If you have just started practising body-scanning, you are likely to experience initial difficulties feeling body sensations in some body parts, which is an ability called interception. Low interoception is normal and is to be expected. The reason for this is that although we can easily feel strong sensations in the body, we are not

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Dealing with Pain

Some intense sensations can emerge during mindfulness practise for numerous reasons, including posture and old injury. They can be distressing at times, particularly when you are required to keep still and focus on body sensations during body-scanning techniques. The best way to face possible pain when practising mindfulness is to direct your attention to the

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Lost in Thoughts

A difficulty that many people experience when starting mindfulness training is that their mind keeps on being distracted by unwanted thoughts. With continued and correct mindfulness practice, intrusive thoughts will gradually decrease and you will feel more in control of what your mind is doing. By remaining equanimous to thoughts that arise during practice —

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mindfulness adherence to training

Adherence to Training

When you begin mindfulness training, you may encounter some difficulties that need to be addressed early on so you can make progress during therapy. Over the next few days, we will post some strategies for dealing with potential difficulties ADHERENCE TO TRAINING (Part 1/7) Poor adherence to mindfulness training is the greatest cause of failure

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