Hakomi & Mindfulness
“Therapy is first about discovering. It’s about who you are and about what your deepest emotional attitudes are. It’s not just about who you think you are. It’s not opinion. It’s not something you can know with the intellect. It’s about who you are in the very heart of yourself. That’s the flavor of psychotherapy, discovering yourself, discovering your real attitudes toward the most important pieces of your life.” - Ron Kurtz, Hakomi Founder.
The Hakomi Method is a mindfulness, somatic and experience-based approach to change. The focus of Hakomi is
1) To create a bonded relationship that allows enough safety for the client to turn inwards and explore present experiences [cognitive, somatic, emotional, energetic, spiritual, etc.
2) To follow those experiences towards the core material that generates them; and
3) To pursue ways to heal and evolve the core material.
Mindfulness is being aware of “what is” in the present moment. It involves observing both your inner world of thoughts, feelings and sensations, and the outer world of constantly changing phenomena.
Developing increased mindfulness has been shown to increase self esteem and reduce physical pain. The Mindfulness Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of a range of ways you can explore how mindfulness may help enhance your life and increase your healing. There is a free on-line MBSR course at Palouse Mindfulness. You will find a range of tools and videos available for you to try out.
Mindfulness is also one of the pillars for managing the negative impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences.