So, I have pretty much covered all the parts of the Core Mindfulness Module, in Part one, Part two, Part three, Part four & finally Part five. Core mindfulness, I am beginning to realise, is at the core of DBT and this is the reason why it is repeated over and over again throughout treatment.
To quickly re-cap;
There are three states of mind that one can find themselves in; Emotion Mind (Where our emotions rule our behaviour), Reasonable Mind (Where our thoughts are scientific and emotionless) and Wise Mind, a combination of the two, entwined with intuition, and which is our ultimate goal.
Within the module of core mindfulness, there are six main skills to be learned;
- Observing (Noticing the environment around us, our senses, our emotions, without commenting or describing them)
- Describing (Describing our observations as fact, but without judgement of whether they are good or bad)
- Participating (Participating fully in an activity, without self consciousness, and concentrating on nothing else other than the activity)
- Non-judgmental stance (Labeling things as fact, rather than as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. This is describing things are fact, without adding personal opinion. This is similar to describing but involves your emotions)
- One-Mindfully (Similar to participating, this means doing whatever you are doing, and nothing else. If you are eating, eat. Walking, walk. Drawing, draw. It allows us to focus our attention on one thing at a time.)
- Being effective (Taking the most effective course of action rather than the one which is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, or acting on principle.)
In conclusion, the core mindfulness “what” and “how” skills help to form a foundation for DBT skills training. The main objective is to develop awareness and insight in order to behave in ways which help us to attain our goals. DBT helps to develop awareness, understanding, communication and focus to navigate life and challenging situations, not just those associated with BPD.
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Please let me know if you have any feedback/comments, things I have missed or interpreted wrongly in any of these posts! I am learning this as I go along!