Section FIVE : CBRT Mindfulness
“MINDFULNESS IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ABILITY TO PAY DELIBERATE ATTENTION TO OUR EXPERIENCE FROM MOMENT TO MOMENT, TO WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR MIND, BODY AND DAY TO DAY LIFE AND DOING THIS WITHOUT JUDGEMENT.”
On 5th January 2010, a UK paper “The Daily Mail” carried a report that “Patients with depression should be routinely given £300 meditation courses on the NHS, doctors’ claim”. The article said that Mindfulness techniques used by Buddhist monks could produce ‘massive savings’ by halving the risk of depression coming back and that “only one in 20 family doctors are prescribing such treatment”, according to a report then published by the Mental Health Foundation charity.
More than 100 studies have shown that areas of the brain linked to controlling emotion are bigger in those who have meditated regularly for five years. This means they have a greater volume of grey matter to process information. The report quoted Dr Andrew McCulloch, then chief executive of The Mental Health Foundation – saying that ‘mindfulness’ therapies were much cheaper than treating the condition with drugs.
Developed since 1997, CBRT is a form of ‘Visual Mindfulness’ – as we use each Colour Breathing Disk as a focus whilst becoming aware of our breathing pattern and becoming more aware of ‘this moment’ in time.
Mindfulness-based approaches are intended to:
• Teach people practical skills that can help with daily and ongoing life challenges, physical and psychological health problems;
• Bring about a full awareness of the benefits of correct breathing;
• Provide a way to get “back in touch” with the full experience of being alive;
• Help to halt the escalation of any negative thoughts and teach us to focus on the present moment, rather than reliving the past or pre-living the future.
Mindfulness practice ENABLES us to:
- See more clearly the patterns of the mind and learn how to recognise when our mood is beginning to deteriorate and deal with issues much earlier than before;
- Develop our willingness to experience emotions and our capacity to be open to all our emotions;
- Help people discover that even difficult and unwanted thoughts and feelings can be held in awareness, and even seen from a completely different perspective, which enables hope and empathy to the suffering we are experiencing.
CBRT Mindfulness PROVIDES:
- An inanimate object for users to focus on during the relaxation process;
- Colour Breathing Disks each have a unique gradient design;
- A relaxation system – easy to follow and learn for people of all ages and abilities;
- A body-mind connection system using colour;
- A complete tool kit for self-help and self-empowerment.
You might find this video below useful to watch.
(CBRT intends to create their own range of videos soon for the CBRT Practitioner Training Programme.)