Author: Diana Gordon, Psy.D.
In this series, we are introducing skills for practicing mindfulness in your daily life. In Part 1 of this series, we introduced 3 basic skills (Observe, Describe, and Participate) that you can use to turn any activity into a mindfulness activity. In today’s post, we will introduce 3 more advanced skills that you can use to enhance your existing mindfulness practice.
If you’ve been practicing using Observe, Describe, and Participate, you can incorporate these advanced skills to deepen your practice. As you’ve likely noticed in your practice, these are skills that you can take with you and use at any time. You can use them to incorporate a bit of mindfulness into your day whenever and wherever you’d like. You can also use them during times when you might be experiencing difficult emotions. You’ll notice that the more you practice the skills, the more effective they are at helping you step back and reduce negative emotions during stressful times.
Stay tuned for part 3 of our mindfulness series, which will introduce a structured process for applying mindfulness to difficult situations. In the meantime, practice using Observe, Describe, Participate, Non Judgemental Stance, One Mindful, and Effective in your day to day life. If you’d like more information about how to use mindfulness to manage difficult feelings, please contact us to set up a free phone consultation.
Diana Gordon, Psy.D., Kari Kagan Psy.D., and Katie Leoni, Psy.D.
Drs. Gordon, Kagan, and Leoni practice psychotherapy in downtown San Francisco and Oakland. Their areas of expertise include anxiety, sleep, stress, depression, and addiction. They blog about these topics to provide research-based information about common problems and strategies to help manage them.