What Is Wise Mind?

In this video, I discuss the DBT principle of Wise Mind.


Mindfulness of Negative Thinking–Four steps to freedom

Unsurprisingly, DBT shares some principles in common with Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. (They also have their differences.) This link takes you to a four step mindfulness practice for changing patterns of negative–or otherwise ineffective–thinking designed by Elisha Goldstein, PhD. The principles will be familiar. Mindfulness of thoughts, naming, observing sensations in the body. See if you find it helpful–bearing in mind, as the author says, that the aim here isn’t necessarily momentary reluef; it’s to change pervasive habits of thought that may be getting in your way.

Meditation and Daily Routine

Do you have trouble making mindfulness mediation part of your regular routine? In a recent article, “The One Thing You Can Do to Make Meditation a Habit,”UK-based mindfulness teacher and writer Ed Halliwell proposes meditation in a community. He proposes:

“I’ve no doubt that practising mindfulness on your own can be helpful, but I also suspect a large part of the therapeutic benefit of mindfulness for individuals comes from the fact that it’s traditionally trained in groups and communities, enabling us to learn with and from other people” (full article).

For a list of some meditation groups in Chicago, click here.