What is your personal relationship to or connection with mindfulness?
I have had a personal meditation practise for many years. It started in the Christian contemplative practises of Christian Mediation as taught by John Main and Centering Prayer as taught by Thomas Keating. From here my practise expanded to include for a number of years regular attendance at 10 day retreats in the Burmese Vipassana tradition. Expanding into what might be called medical mindfulness. In terms of formal training, I completed one of the eight week programs through the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic. As for personal education, I am currently digesting research and techniques coming out the CBT Third Wave especially in their application to trauma work. I am most familiar with ACT at this point but am also very fond of DBT, MBCT and MBRP.
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I am an Anglican priest by vocation who is currently at Saint Paul University in the Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality Master Program.
Using mindfulness-based techniques in professional work
I am currently using aspects of ACT in individual therapy and researching use in couples therapy for which I am in training. Fellow students in counselling and a theology professor at Saint Paul University provide a service we call Sharing Silence. It is open to the public and runs 1240-1310 Monday-Friday. The 30 minutes is marked with three bells to open and close with 10 minute interval bells to enable people at different levels to come and go within their current states of practise duration. Depending on the keeper of the silence for the day, one can receive instruction in either secular mindfulness or Christian contemplative practise.
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