By Diane R. Gehart
This e-book experiences the examine and philosophical foundations for utilizing mindfulness, recognition, and Buddhist psychology in couple and kinfolk remedy. It additionally presents an in depth and functional strategy for placing those rules into motion within the treatment room, together with a conscious method of healing relationships, case conceptualization, therapy making plans, instructing meditation, and intervention.
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Neurological changes: Neurological studies also indicate that mindfulness has measurable effects on the brain and its structures (Treadway & Lazar, 2010; see section “Mindfulness and the Brain”). Mindfulness for Couples Numerous couples therapists have begun exploring the potentials of mindfulness and related Buddhist principles to help both distressed and nondistressed couples (Carson, Carson, Gil, & Baucom, 2004; Christensen, Sevier, Simpson, & Gattis, 2004; Gale, 2009; Gehart, 2004; Gehart & Coffey, 2004; Gehart & McCollum, 2007; Gehart & Pare, 2009; McCollum & Gehart, 2010; Peterson, Eifert, Feingold, & Davidson, 2009; Ting-Toomey, 2009).
Effect on Physical Health in Healthy Adults A handful of studies have considered the physiological effects of mindfulness in healthy adults (Shapiro & Carlson, 2009). In sum, these studies found the following: • Increase in melatonin: Associated with controlling the sleep cycle; also implicated in diseases such as cancer. • Increased parasympathetic cardiovascular activity: Associated with the relaxation response. Mindfulness and Adult Mental Health 41 • Improved heart rate variability: Associated with the relaxation response.
Novice monks are first taught to cultivate compassion for all beings before being introduced to constructivist concepts, such as nonself and emptiness to prevent a cognitive detachment that could lead to a less humane worldview. This practice is particularly relevant for the training of therapists. If a therapist intellectually understands that life is impermanent (or constructed) yet does not have a well-developed sense of compassion for clients’ suffering, the therapist will logically view the clients’ suffering as self-perpetuated illusions that simply need to be corrected and will lack the empathy necessary to connect with and engage the client in a helpful way.