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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.  What we have found here at Three Trees is that by learning mindfulness clients can pay more attention to their thoughts, feelings and actions and choose better responses.

One client described it as “everything just started slowing down for me and where as in the past I would just react to feelings of anger, now I could observe the feelings and care for them, rather than acting them out.” 

Mindfulness Excercises

Mindfulness Exercise #1: Mindfulness of Breathing

This mindfulness exercise is the first in the series and introduces you to the basics of learning how to pay attention to one object at a time… in this case your breath.  This exercise is a foundation for all the other mindfulness exercises and be sure to get comfortable with this one before moving on to the others.

Listen to the audio of this exercise:

Mindfulness Exercise #2: Relaxation Through Sense Based Imagrery

In this mindfulness activity we will use your senses to draw you away from your thoughts and feelings and to take you to the beach to unwind for a little while. You will learn how to use the sense’s to take a break from everyday stress and to re-balance as you go through the day. Have fun!Listen to the audio of this exercise:

Mindfulness Exercise #3: Body Scan for Relaxation

In this mindfulness activity we will use your body as the focus of your attention. As you practice this exercise you may start to see that you are able to identify and release areas of tension throughout your body, or that it is nice to drop all the thinking and spend some time focusing on the parts of our body that keep us functioning day in and day out. Enjoy.Listen to the audio of this exercise:

Mindfulness Exercise #4: Loving Kindness

In this mindfulness activity we will practice using the development of loving kindness as a way of reducing stress and conflict in our lives. As you practice this exercise you may start to see that you are able to strengthen your connection to the people close to you, including yourself. You may also find that you are able to weaken the negative, tension producing feelings you have towards people you are experiencing conflict with. The main thing is just to practice without expectation and explore what happens next.Listen to the audio of this exercise: