At times we may feel overwhelmed by a particularly stressful period in our life, such as illness, relationship breakdown, or the death of a loved one. Sometimes our perceptions of seemingly trivial everyday events can accumulate and result in chronic stress or feelings of chronic dissatisfaction. We may struggle with debilitating anxiety, feelings of depression, inadequacy or helplessness. At these times we may need the help of a trained professional.
The cultivation of mindfulness awakens our own internal reservoirs for healing, growth, and well-being. It provides us with powerful life-long skills for self-care. If we choose to practise this radical form of non-reactive, non-judgmental awareness, and see the present moment exactly as it is, regardless of whether we like it or not, or whether it is wanted or unwanted, we will be able to handle stress effectively, and experience life in a richer and more meaningful way.
One-on-One Mindfulness Instruction based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR), or the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy program (MBCT) and Psychotherapy informed by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and combined with Mindfulness Instruction, are effective researched approaches to learning how to cope with difficulty, handle difficult and painful thoughts and feelings constructively, and reduce relapsing depression.