Mindfulness is a core component of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Mindfulness is not necessarily ‘meditation’ although it can be. Mindfulness is more of an acute awareness of the moment. Many aspects of DBT can be cultivated through mindfulness such as the acceptance of reality as it is. The videos linked below, as well as the text exercises (no audio/video), are a selection of the many mindfulness exercises out there to choose from. Choose an exercise to practice, complete it, and reflect on how it made you feel. Then choose another for the next day!
How Do I Stay In The Present Moment When It Feels Unbearable? 14:51
Clear the Clutter to Calm Down 20:16
Sara Raymond from the Mindful Movement helps you de-clutter your mind to reduce anxiety.
Winding Down: Switch Off with Sleep by Headspace 1:25
A Headspace meditation that scans your body to help you sleep.
Mini Meditation | Appreciate Nature 2:37
Andy Puddicombe leads this short meditation that encourages you to notice your surroundings.
The RAIN of Self-Compassion 11:30
The Breathscape Practice for Cultivating Mindfulness 20:21
Guided mindfulness demonstrated with children at Plum Village gives you a technique to use when you are feeling overwhelmed by strong emotions.
Dealing With Strong Emotions 4:25
Mindfulness: Being in the Here and Now 6:39
Breathing Compassion In and Out 21:15
Mindful Movements 21:15
Walking Meditation 15:00
Visualizing Tranquility 2:19
A Meditation for Easing Into Sleep 22:54
Waterfall Meditation 3:21
Opening to Love Meditation 21:04
Positive Thinking Meditation 40:10
Calming Sound Bath 1:06:41
Mindfulness on Waves 30:00
Videos About Mindfulness
The Art of Stillness 15:41
The Mindful Way Through Depression 18:04
Why Mindfulness Is A Superpower: An Animation 2:43
Note: meditation is not the only way to become Mindful. Practicing DBT also helps you get there.
Books about Mindfulness
"Full Catastrophe Living" by Jon Kabat-Zinn
A Practical guide to mindfulness meditation and healing, using the wisdom of your body and mind to face pain, stress and illness; based on his work at the Stress and Pain Clinic at the U. of Massachusetts Medical Center. Buy here>
"Wherever You Go, There You Are" by Jon Kabat-Zinn
The practice of mindfulness meditation in everyday life. Stories, anecdotes, poems. Buy here>
"The Miracle of Mindfulness" by Thich Nhat Hanh
Basic book on mindfulness meditation. Buy here>
"Peace is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness in everyday life. A wonderful collection of personal anecdotes, stories, and experiences from his own life that show the reader how to attain awareness and peace. Buy here>
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