"There are two ways to wash the dishes. The first is to wash the dishes in order to have clean dishes and the second is to wash the dishes in order to wash the dishes....If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not "washing the dishes to wash the dishes." What's more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can't wash the dishes, the chances are we won't be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future -- and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life."
Thich Nhat Hanh -- "The Miracle of Mindfulness."
In addition to traditional therapeutic approaches, I encourage clients to discover the healing potential of a regular mindfulness meditation practice as an adjunct to therapy. Research is increasingly demonstrating its effectiveness in a variety of areas, including reducing anxiety, stress and depression, improving attention and concentration, improving health outcomes, reducing pain, and increasing life happiness.
A number of resources are available for the client, including: The seminal work of Thich Nhat Hanh who brought mindfulness meditation to the attention of Westerners; the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; the books, audio presentations and free meditation dowloads of psychologist Dr. Tara Brach, a leading western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening; the talks, writings and free meditation downloads of Dr. Ronald Siegel, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School; in addition to Google's highly acclaimed Search Inside Yourself course. There are also local resources, including Mindfulness Northwest, the Seattle Mindfulness Center, the Seattle Insight Meditation Society, and the Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound. Helpful links are listed below, and readings on Mindfulness can be found on the "Interesting Reading" page of this website.
An easy way to get started is with The Mindfulness App, available for both Iphone and Android:
Also helpful are Dr. Tara Brach's Basic Elements of Meditation Practice Introductory Videos (free):
Then Try Some Guided Meditations:
Other Interesting Links and Videos:
The Mindful Body Website
The Fly Meditation -- Youtube Video
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program
Mindfulness With Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn Youtube
The Mindfulness Solution by Dr. Ronald Siegel
Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute
Search Inside Yourself - The Book by Chade-Meng Tan
Search Inside Yourself - The Course
Seattle Mindfulness Center
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound