In January 2018 I completed a training on EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and addictions. There are many new protocols and tools to use to help clients process. But there are also very old and useful tools to help people process, and a very important one is mindfulness, a term that was coined in 1881, and described as awareness and coming back to awareness. So, mindfulness is the practice of coming back to awareness. It seems simple, yes? But no, it is so easy for us to become lost in our thoughts, and feelings. To have hours, days, weeks go by without noticing what is happening in the present moment. And if you think about addiction, substance use disorder, it is the opposite of mindfulness, since it numbs the body and the brain. So, the practice of mindfulness, and it is a practice, develops focus and awareness. Whether there is an an addiction or not, mindfulness is a wonderful practice to cultivate!
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