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Mindful : October 2013
October 2013 mindful 59 health own reactions, their own responses, their own challenges. That’s our major work, whether people come to us as patients, clients, students, or clinicia ns we’re training. It puts more emphasis on intuition, on relaxation, and on awareness and less on cogni- tive problem solving. Why is it important for health care practitioners to learn these techniques? Some people say, “I just want to learn these mind- body techniques and the science behind them. I wasn’t pla nning to come here a nd work on myself.” But if you’re not doing it yourself, you can’t use it with other people. That’s because it’s not about a pill. It’s an approach, a basic grammar of human functioning to maintain and improve the quality of our lives. Back to the idea of balance: I really like the way you talk about balance as an active state. We don’t “get there”; we’re working at it all the time. That ’s really important, because people are looking for something to fix them forever, and that is not a terribly helpful concept. Balance is a way of being that you gradually learn, that you sometimes forget and have to remind yourself of. Being part of a group can be enormously helpful. If you’re depressed, having a g roup where you can practice these techniques of self-care and share your expe- riences a nd challenges with other people in a safe, meditative place is enormously helpful. Of course, using self-care techniques and mutual help doesn’t mean you can’t do individual therapy or biofeedback or take medication, but it will help maximize the effectiveness of whatever else you’re using. And sometimes it will let you know that what you’ve been doing maybe isn’t what you should be doing. That ’s because you need to keep discovering what’s right for you, which cha nges over time. The technique that was great a year ago may not be the best one right now. It’s a good idea to look at that. Ideally, you could have somebody who’s helping you—in a disinterested, impartial way—figure out what makes the most sense. If something works, fantastic! But if it stops working, let it go. ●