Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness is about bringing our attention into the present moment with an attitude of curious and open-minded attention. This involves a willingness to notice what arises from within us via our sensations, feelings and thoughts. Taking up a non-judgmental attitude in moments when life is very demanding can create opportunities to realize that we are more than the thoughts and emotions that our mind generates when we are stressed.
Likewise mindfulness can help us deepen our connection to what is unfolding when life offers us moments that are especially rich and sweet. Qualities of light-hearted appreciation, kindness and gratitude arise from within us when we become more mindful. Additionally our capacity to make conscious choices about how we behave in any given situation grows.
Mindfulness is an active process that requires practice, patience and commitment to ourselves. It is neither a religion nor sect and does not involve passive acceptance of situations that compromise our wellbeing or any repression of feelings and thoughts.
Mindfulness does however enhance our capacity to think clearly, to be more compassionate and empathic with ourselves and others, and to regulate our moods and clarity of thought. In order to support personal growth and wellbeing in the community Robyn Sheptooha offers short group courses in Mindfulness and Meditation for anyone who is interested in exploring these practices.
In both group and individual psychotherapy sessions Robyn Sheptooha also accesses her knowledge and experience of the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy model to inform her professional practice. She draws on evidenced based research and simple, effective processes, found in the very relevant texts of Dr’s Daniel Siegel, Russ Harris, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mark Williams and Danny Penman, to support and influence her work. Robyn dedicates time each day to her own personal meditation and mindfulness practice and continues to be inspired by the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Tenzin Palmo and David Michie.