How to Practice Mindfulness

DBT..what to say about DBT? Tried it. Didn’t work for me. Why? I do not know, as my psych does not know. But, I’ll keep searching for a treatment that suits me.

Dr. Kathleen Young: Treating Trauma in Tucson

Mindfulness is at the center of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). You have read about what mindfulness practice consists of, I’d like to continue with how it is practiced according to DBT. Remember the goal of mindfulness in DBT is to achieve Wise Mind, that balance between your emotional and reasonable mind. As you read the following, think about how you could apply them to a current issue in your life.

Mindfulness “How” Skills

From Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality
 Disorder by Marsha Linehan (1993) The Guilford Press

1. Non-Judgmentally

  • See but don’t evaluate. Take a nonjudgmental stance.
    Just the facts. Focus on the “what”, not the “good” or the “bad”, the “terrible” or the “wonderful”, the “should” or the “should not.”
  • Unglue your opinions from the facts, from the “who, what, when and where.”
  • Accept each moment, each event as a blanket spread out on the lawn accepts…

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