Mindfulness. You learn to observe the stream of mind as it unfolds and you just watch.

The practice of Mindfulness is a way to tune your attention into yourself.

We learn to notice our thoughts, our inner world of experiences and emotion; the imagery that arises in the mind’s eye, and how we make connections between thoughts and emotions.
We learn to observe the stream of mind as it unfolds and we simply watch;
We learn to cease the practice of censoring, of judging.
We just watch.

We just observe.

We become aware of our inner dimension. Aware of our unconscious, hidden, the unknown regions of our psyche.
We become familiar with ourselves, intimate, close to ourselves.

And at times this can be unnerving. Yet at other times this can be exciting, and we experience new depth to our feelings. Great joy and also profound sadness can arise. We discover how to accept whatever arises. Unconditionally.

The discipline of remaining still physically and steady in your attention provides the structural framework for allowing anything to occur. It is like watching the movie that is your own personal story; sometimes exciting, sometimes times boring, too. Whatever we experience, it’s ourselves. We learn to move in very close to ourselves, and we discover that we can trust our capacity to be there.

Mindfulness is about becoming aware.

 

 

While in recent years a number of new therapy approaches incorporating Buddhist psychology concepts and mindfulness methods have been developed, Gestalt therapy, since its inception in the early 1950s, has had a focus on phenomenology, an understanding of the importance of awareness, a theoretical model that describes how change follows acceptance, and a dialogic and relational perspective that encourages therapist and patient to be present with ‘what is’ in the moment. These have always been cornerstones of the Gestalt therapy approach, making Gestalt therapy uniquely compatible with Buddhist psychology concepts and mindfulness methods.Importantly, Gestalt therapy offers the psychotherapist who is interested in incorporating Buddhist psychology and mindfulness methods direction for their clinical application within an experiential, experimental, therapeutic model that is finely attuned to moment-to-moment process. Buddhist psychology and meditation practice also offer the Gestalt therapist ways of increasing the capacity for staying with ‘what is’, developing more trust in the present moment, and more wisdom and compassion—therapist qualities associated with positive treatment outcomes. This vast resource is only beginning to be tapped for what it may contribute to the enhancement of lives by increasing the ability to cultivate compassion, wisdom, joy, and skillful ways of relating to others and to ones own experience.

Quote from: Gestalt Therapy Training Centre, North West, Portland USA