Mindfulness helps us get better at seeing the difference between what's happening and the stories we tell ourselves about what's happening, stories that get in the way of direct experience. Often such stories treat a fleeting state of mind as if it were our entire and permanent self.
Mindfulness can play a big role in transforming our experience with pain and other difficulties; it allows us to recognize the authenticity of the distress and yet not be overwhelmed by it.
Mindfulness is the foundation of all of the DBT skills, and this is an intensive 4-week course that is tailored toward the use of Mindfulness in the context of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). The foundation and roots of the practices go beyond this and can be helpful to anyone looking to learn and integrate mindfulness practices into their lives to find more peace, a sense of grounding, and to help cope with and moderate intense emotional reactions.
So many of our self-destructive behaviors come from a lack of awareness or a resistance toward our existing experience. We often also dwell on the past or having anxious, fearful thoughts about the future. Mindfulness helps us, through practical skills and experiential exercises, to learn to take hold of our mind. This is the beginning step toward wellness.
Learn to discern and distinguish between emotions, slow down reactions, and reduce self-sabotaging.
Learn to break free from judgments and reduce emotional intensity to reduce your suffering.
Learn about Radical Acceptance and how no feeling or thought is permanent. They are all transient.
Learn how avoidance around difficult feelings (rather than facing them and working through them with compassion and care) leads to more suffering.
"Mindfulness teaches noticing the emotion without reacting in ways that perpetuate suffering" (Aguirre & Galen, 2013, p. 2).
"Mindfulness practice that focuses on paying attention activate the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that doesn't work all that well in [people with] BPD [and other emotional regulation issues]" (Aguirre & Galen, 2013, p. 2).
Included in the course:
Weekly recordings of DBT groups to learn and review DBT skills and mindfulness practices.
Video Lectures: Access to videos by Debbie that describe many of the skills covered in the course (following along with the text, "The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook," which is not required for the Mindfulness course but is highly recommended, as is the text, "Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder" if you have a BPD diagnosis.)
Peer Support and Bonus Material: Access to "secret"/private group on Facebook available only to DBT students and alumni. Debbie visits this group daily to interact. To access, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added. Include the email address associated with your Facebook account so we can send the invitation.
Personalized support is not included with this course, and DBT Path does not offer crisis services. Please DO NOT send your instructor messages requesting advice or advising that you are in a crisis. You must seek such services locally.
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