Calm is a quality that we cultivate or develop through meditation practice. There are meditation teachers who teach meditation purely as a calming technique, but to approach meditation only looking for calm actually robs you of some of the other benefits of mindfulness practice.
What are the advantages of integrating psychotherapy and mindfulness? How can a combined approach help you heal?
1. They complement each other well.
2. Psychotherapy requires resilience – and meditation can help you cultivate it.
3. They both help you cultivate connections.
4. Both encourage us to give caring attention to our experiences.
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in the first issue of Planet Mindful and a guest post on welldoing.org
John O’Donohue once said, “One of the deepest longings of the human soul is to be seen.” It is my deepest wish that all human beings feel seen and valued, and that is one of the main reasons I became a psychotherapist.
If you decide you want to seek therapy, the most important thing is that you find a therapist (and a therapeutic approach) that works for you.
Don’t wait until you “have time” to meditate.
One of the biggest reasons we struggle with making meditation a regular habit is that we wait until we have “free time” to sit down and do it.
Start by saying, “I’m not going to wait until I have free time. I’m going to do what I need to do to establish a regular meditation habit, instead.”