Core Mindfulness Part Six – An overview

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;

‘What’ Skills;

  • 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)

‘How Skills’;

  • 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. 

Useful and Interesting Links;

DBT Self Help

DBT Handouts, Protocols & Client Resources

Get Self Help – Wise Mind Worksheet

Get Self Help – Mindfulness of Emotions Worksheet

Get Self Help – Mindfulness Exercise

Get Self Help – Mindfulness

Get Self Help – Mindful Breathing

Get Self Help – Why be mindful?

Get Self Help – Mindfulness for busy people

Live Mindfully Resource

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!



  1. Thank you for all these great posts! You’ve done an excellent job of explaining Core Mindfulness. I have posted the links to these in my blog in one posts for people to find easily. I hope you don’t mind.

    1. Thank you so much 🙂

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