In this video, I discuss the DBT principle of Wise Mind.
Check out Classifying Different Emotions to learn more about naming and describing emotions–an important feature of Emotion regulation.
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.
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.
Link here to access guided meditations focused on self-compassion from the author of a book on the same topic, Kristin Neff.
“Anderson Cooper reports on what it’s like to try to achieve “mindfulness,” a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in today’s world of digital distractions.”