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Mindfulness what's it like?

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selfdestructivelady Mon 20-Jan-14 19:11:14

Is it one on one or group? Is it to talk about your past or your current issues?

poorincashrichinlove Mon 20-Jan-14 19:37:51

Mindfulness is a mediatation technique. It can be hard to master but the idea is to help you to be in the present so that you're not ruminating the past or anxiously planning what's next/the future. The benefits. inc. reduced stress. You can learn mindfulness in a group or you can go it alone. There's lots of info out there eg. youtube, books etc.

Has mindfulness been recommended to you by someone?

poorincashrichinlove Mon 20-Jan-14 19:40:31

NB. Mindfulness is a private practice and there's no talking about your issues required. You simply pay attention to the moment, acknowledge and accept your wandering mind and be gentle and non-critical of yourself It's lovely IMO

FreshCucumber Mon 20-Jan-14 19:43:02

As poor said. It's a meditation technique. It can also be used to be aware of your feelings but learning to let them pass instead of creating stories around them.
Nit sure what your situation is but as example.
You feel sad and tearfull. You would just notice the sadness, be aware if it and of it's effects on the body. And just watch.
Whereas wo the mindfulness you would go 'oh I am sad. It's because x and y happened. And it will never get better. And look at what A did when she learnt about it' you get the feeling, a whole story created around that emotion with the added memories and interpretations.

In what sort of environment would you be doing some mindfulness.

AnnaBullerby Mon 20-Jan-14 20:18:24

I'm currently reading Ruby Wax's very funny book, Sane New World in which she advocates mindfulness.

selfdestructivelady Mon 20-Jan-14 20:31:42

I am being referred for it because of borderline. Thanks for all responses. They really help.

poorincashrichinlove Mon 20-Jan-14 21:52:20

Mindfulness is one of the skills of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) which is a comprehensive treatment for Borderline PD. If you have a diagnosis OP, it may be worth your while finding out about DBT in your area (e.g. CMHT). DBT would help you to manage self sabotaging behaviour and overehelming emotions.
Good luck

I can highly recommend Mindfulness. Its a skill we should all learn to help us deal with the stresses and strains of the 21st century - and they should teach it in schools to help kids. I can also highly recommend Sane New World by Ruby Wax. She is a phenomenon and was taught at Oxford University by Prof. Mark Williams who's books are also brilliant. Mindfulness is great for depression, anxiety etc...

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