Posted by: carolg1849 | March 17, 2009

Mindfullness and Borderline personality disorder

inner_peace__24x30Mindfullness techniques founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn and based on Budhist principals, can be incorporated very simply into everyones life touched by both physical and mental issues, personality disorders and the pressures of modern living.  It helps us to stay centered, grounded and in our bodies.  Allows our bodies to get in touch with its own  natural healing system

Mindfullness techniques have become successful in helping the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder and they now form part of the DBT programmed  offered by Marsha Linehan, and many others working in this field Her model for treatment is now used widely and she one of her books I have found useful in trying to understand and interact with my son.  This book is particularly helpful Skills Training Manual 

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, and founder (in 1979) and former director of its world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic. He is the author of two best-selling books: Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness  and Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (Hyperion, 1994),  He is also co-author, with his wife Myla, of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting (Hyperion, 1997). Everyday Blessings was rated by as one of the top ten books of 1998 in the inspirational category. His latest book Letting Everything Become Your Teacher (Bantam Dell, 2009), a book of excerpts from Full Catastrophe Living.

…the awareness that emerges by paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” according toKabat-Zinn

Mindfullness meditation

  1. Posture: Sit tall and at ease. Be present in your body. Lift your ribs off of your waist so you can breathe
  2. Observe your breath, feel your breath, feel your heart beat
  3. Observe your thoughts as they float by. They need not stick (a flypaper mind) let them flow, observe the movie screen of your mind in action.
  4. Bring your mind into your breath, breath through your nose. Breath into you longs, use your lungs completely‘ Be present with your breath. Slow your breath down by lengthening your exhalation and your inhalation.
  5. Simply Be

Meditation can be for 3 minutes or 20 minutes time does not matter, as long as you take a moment to renew and refresh your mind and body.


Regularly practicing mindfulness/meditation has been shown to decrease stress levels, decrease the recurrence of depression, decrease anxiety, decrease chronic pain/fibromyalgia difficulties, decrease symptoms of psoriasis and also increase immune functioning.



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