Q&A

The Myths of Mindfulness

The Myths of Mindfulness

The rise in popularity of mindfulness has seen myths and mistruths abound. Learn the facts about this ancient practice with Richard Sears.

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How did you come to practice, study and teach mindfulness?
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What do you think are the three greatest myths about mindfulness? What are your three favorite exercises for beginners?
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What is the best way to learn and understand mindfulness and how can you tell a quality course from a poor one?
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Is mindfulness only effective when we practice it daily?
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Could you explain the concept of nonjudgment as it relates to mindfulness?
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In many instances, a behavioral routine is a space that allows deeper experiences – what are your recommendations for mindfulness? Would 15 minutes at the beginning and end of the day be suitable? Is there research on this?
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How do you respond to clients who say they’ve tried mindfulness but found it ineffective, or have anxiety so high they struggle with the patience to let it work?
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Are there any cautions to be aware of around encouraging clients to engage in mindfulness, such as cultural or psychiatric factors?
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What is your perspective on mindfulness with PTSD and Complex PTSD clients? How may we carefully assist patients in this practice?
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Is there a risk of mindfulness becoming an avoidance behavior for patients with chronic pain? If so, when?
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