Posts tagged #ACT

Looking for an app to boost your life satisfaction?

Look no further!  We at Vista love Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  But, what if you could build these skills while playing with your phone?  Now you can!  Check out this cool app, ActCompanion: The Acceptance & Commitment Training App.  

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Get present.


Contact with the present moment & self-as-context


Guided mindfulness meditation exercises, like body scan and mindful breathing, help you get started with the basics of mindfulness training.

Mindful walking, and other active mindfulness exercises, let you practice the skills you need to be more present in your everyday life.

Practice silent meditation when you’re ready to practice your mindfulness skills on your own, with the timer and meditation bells.
— http://www.actcompanion.com
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Posted on October 3, 2013 .

New group in Eugene: Want to live a life that matters?

Debra Martin, MA MFT of Open Field Therapy in Eugene is starting a wonderful group on Sept 24th:  

Living a Life that Matters: ACT Group Transforming Anxiety & Depression

Here's how she describes the group in her flyer:  

Acceptance and commitment approaches help us understand the struggle with depression and anxiety
in a completely different way – rather than get stuck in the battle for their end before living life, we notice their traps, and with the help of mindfulness practice, work to develop a values oriented lifestyle and commit to ac- tions the promote purpose and meaning.
This safe/ supportive small group involves mindfulness exercises that promote present moment awareness, member sharing, and a new theme each week to help participants reflect on avoidance patterns, and develop a plan of committed valued action.

 

Details:

Living a Life that Matters: ACT Group Transforming Anxiety & Depression
Dates: 8 weeks Sept 24 - Nov 12

Time: 7 - 8:45 PM 
Location: 981 Fillmore St.

Cost: $175 for 8 weeks

 

 

Debra Seido Martin, MA MFT, has extensive
experience in meditation
instruction, mindfulness
practice and group
leadership. She currently
has a private
psychotherapy practice in
Eugene and is committed to
helping others develop self
acceptance
and live fully
according to
their own
deeper
wisdom. 

Debra Seido Martin, MA MFT, has extensive experience in meditation instruction, mindfulness practice and group leadership. She currently has a private psychotherapy practice in Eugene and is committed to helping others develop self acceptance and live fully according to their own deeper wisdom. 

Posted on September 4, 2013 .

Transforming Pain through Values

Pain in life is unavoidable.  Yet, to struggle against it is to be human.  How can we be different with our pain?  Through mindfulness and focusing on what is truly important to us.  

Russ Harris of The Happiness Trap fame makes some insightful points

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Where ACT differs from most other approaches to pain, is that we don’t try to avoid or get rid of the pain; instead, we aim to fundamentally change our relationship with it. And as we do that, the pain itself transforms; it no longer holds us back, or brings us down; it is no longer toxic or life-distorting; it loses its impact and influence over our lives.

When we look at our pain mindfully – i.e. with a genuine attitude of openness and curiosity, in much the same way that a young child might look curiously at a ladybird or a butterfly - we discover it is different to the way we initially perceived it. It’s no longer the horrible, terrible thing we thought it was. It may still be painful, and unpleasant – but it’s no longer something we need to fight with, run from, or get overwhelmed by. When we look mindfully at a painful thought, image or memory, we call that ‘defusion’. And when we look mindfully at a painful feeling or sensation, we call it ‘expansion’ or ‘acceptance’.

 

 

Posted on June 11, 2013 .