Recently a colleague of mine shared an article from ScienceDirect, 2019, by Willoughby Britton titled “Can mindfulness be too much of a good thing?” Over the past decade mindfulness meditation and other forms of mindfulness-based therapies have become widespread in psychotherapy. These approaches are usually backed by research touting how successful and effective they are. In his article Britton sets out to turn on some soft brakes and suggest where the effectiveness might really lie.

In its most basic form mindfulness is the practice of bringing your awareness to the present moment. This can be achieved through several practices that include sitting meditation with a focus on the breath or moving meditations that include yoga.

Margaret H. Swartz, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice and a member of Healthy Adams County’s Behavioral Health Task Force.

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