The practice of Mindfulness has been explored for centuries dating back to the primal days of the Buddha however the teachings of mindfulness include Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Judaism in addition to the Eastern religions and practices. The combination of Eastern and Western psychologies has become a common theme today amongst scholars alike. Within the biopsychosocial construct of health, evidence suggests that the benefits of self-care for personal well-being can be categorized into psychosocial perspectives, integrating them with “mind regulation, body regulation and breath regulation” (Chow & Tsang, 2007). Over the past years, the practice of mindfulness has become more popular within the mental health industry. Bioenergetics and mindfulness go hand in hand in many ways when utilizing the breath and alternate techniques for releasing past trauma that has been stored within the body. This leads to our seven energy centres within the body which hold physical and emotional symptoms that become imbalanced over time and require readjustment using mindfulness techniques. This paper will demonstrate how mindfulness techniques can be useful within three modalities: Talk Therapy, Bioenergetics and Energy Work.
Mindfulness has been described as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn, 2013) or also “bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis” (Marlatt & Kristeller, 1999). By directing one’s attention in this way, it becomes possible to utilize meditation as an instrument to help assist with the delineation of anxiety disorders. During the practice of meditation perceptions, cognitions, emotions and physical sensations are recognized enabling the possibility of acknowledging and accepting the experience however it presents (Bondolfi, 2005). The objective of the practice in mindfulness interventions, is to learn how to observe nonjudgmentally the phenomena such as muscular tension or thoughts or signs and to come to a balance between the disagreeable symptoms and the acceptance of these symptoms (Bondolfi, 2005). These tactics can prove to be a successful tool for those who suffer from anxiety by bringing awareness to what is, culminating confrontation to intolerable negative occurrences, rather than avoidance (Linehan, 1993).
Mindfulness interventions can include a multitude of practices, but two of the most gratifying interventions are the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) by Kabat-Zinn (2013). MBSR and MBCT consists of a 2.5 hour once a-week sessions, for eight weeks plus a one half-day meditation retreat in Week 6. Participants are expected to engage in formal exercises consisting of sensory modalities (body scan), breathing, sitting walking, and eating meditations, as well as gentle stretching. Informal practice includes brief pauses involving voluntary...