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Practice Of Mindfulness Can Relieve Depression And Anxiety

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Dr. Henry Emmons has a background in both western medicine and an integrative combination of mind-body therapies, natural therapies, mindfulness and other Buddhist therapeutics. He now practices general and holistic psychiatry.

Dr. Emmons thinks highly of the Buddhist practice of mindfulness. As a matter of fact he thinks so highly of it that he advocates using this practice of mindfulness to overcome depression and anxiety. He has found it very rewarding in his own practice.

Transcribed from video interview

Dr. Emmons:
Mindfulness itself is a centuries-old Buddhist practice, or comes out of a Buddhist practice but the practice of mindfulness is very straightforward, which isn’t the same thing as saying it’s easy to do. It’s very straightforward.

It really just means paying attention. It means being more present from moment-to-moment and enhancing that ability to be with and see things as they are as they are unfolding.

And so it’s just a practice. It’s something that we can be good at if we do it intentionally.

If we wait for it to happen, you know and just hope that we’ll become more conscious or more aware as we age, a lot of us will be disappointed partly because there are so many things pulling us in the other direction.

There’s so many distractions, stresses, all the electronic stuff that we love so well and that has made life great in many ways, in a sense it very often pulls us out of the present moment.

So having a practice to counter that and then when it comes to depression and anxiety, what mindfulness can do is so profound because it can really help get at the very roots, the very underlying causes of those conditions and the things that happen outside of our conscious awareness that are constantly reinforcing or bringing us back into depression and anxiety.
Mindfulness gives us an opportunity to get in there and see that process as it unfolds.

So to see how the thoughts, the certain patterns or repetitive networks of neurons firing that create these thoughts, we reinforce those without intending to over the course of years and they become very deeply embedded.

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I am fully convinced that this is a very useful approach, both from my own personal experiences and from reading about it in numerous places. Anxiety and depression are both associated with mental states in which a person is not focusing on their immediate environment, surroundings, the sensations of their body, and the people around them. Something about mindfulness seems to offer an almost immediate relief from these negative states of mind.

I have a page on natural remedies and treatments for anxiety, and I am always looking for new material relating to this topic. I already talk a little about mindfulness on that page; maybe this is a topic I could expand in the near future.

I also visited Henry Emmons' website, partners in resilience, and I really liked the core message there. A lot of psychotherapy seems to have too negative a focus, and I liked the spirit and philosophy put forth there, that we are resilient and that this resilience can be both restored and cultivated!

November 26, 2010 - 9:15am
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