In the fast-paced world we inhabit today, finding moments of peace and clarity can seem like a distant dream. However, within the realm of psychotherapy, there exists a profound tool known as mindfulness that can guide us back to the present moment, offering solace amidst life’s chaos. At Evergreen Therapeutics, we believe in the transformative potential of mindfulness practice, and we’re here to guide you on your journey toward inner balance and well-being. 

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness, at its core, is the practice of being fully present and engaged in the moment, without judgment. It involves cultivating awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment. Rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, mindfulness encourages us to anchor ourselves in the present moment, fostering a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us.

How Does Mindfulness Work?

Mindfulness operates on the principle of non-reactivity. By observing our experiences with an open and accepting mindset, we can cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness and emotional regulation. Through regular practice, mindfulness helps rewire the brain, strengthening neural pathways associated with attention, compassion, and resilience.

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Mindfulness Exercises

Three mindfulness practices that a client might try in therapy with a professional at Evergreen Therapeutics:

1. Mindful Breathing Exercise:

  • Find a comfortable seated position, either on a chair or cushion, with your back straight but not rigid.
  • Close your eyes gently or maintain a soft gaze, whichever feels most comfortable.
  • Begin to bring your attention to your breath, noticing the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves your body.
  • Focus on the rise and fall of your chest or the sensation of air passing through your nostrils.
  • Whenever your mind starts to wander (as it inevitably will), gently redirect your attention back to your breath without judgment.
  • Practice this exercise for 5-10 minutes, gradually increasing the duration as you become more comfortable with the practice.

2. Body Scan Meditation:

  • Lie down on your back in a comfortable position, with your arms by your sides and your legs slightly apart.
  • Close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath for a few moments, allowing yourself to relax and settle into your body.
  • Starting from your toes, slowly scan your body from the tips of your toes to the top of your head, paying attention to any sensations you may feel along the way.
  • Notice areas of tension or discomfort without trying to change them, simply acknowledging their presence with gentle curiosity and acceptance.
  • If your mind starts to wander, gently guide your attention back to the part of the body you’re focusing on.
  • Continue scanning your body from head to toe, taking your time and allowing yourself to fully experience each sensation.

3. 5 Senses Grounding Exercise:

  • Sit comfortably in a chair or cushion, with your feet flat on the ground and your hands resting on your lap.
  • Take a few deep breaths to center yourself and bring your attention to the present moment.
  • Begin by noticing 5 things you can see around you. Take your time to observe each object, noticing its color, shape, and texture.
  • Next, bring your attention to 4 things you can feel, whether it’s the sensation of your clothes against your skin, the temperature of the air, or the pressure of the chair beneath you.
  • Then, shift your focus to 3 things you can hear, whether it’s the sound of traffic outside, birds chirping, or the hum of a fan.
  • Move on to 2 things you can smell, whether it’s the aroma of coffee brewing or the scent of flowers nearby.
  • Finally, bring your attention to 1 thing you can taste, whether it’s the lingering flavor of your last meal or the taste of toothpaste.
  • Take a moment to savor the present moment and the richness of your sensory experience, allowing yourself to feel grounded and centered.

These mindfulness exercises can be incorporated into therapy sessions at Evergreen Therapeutics to help clients cultivate greater self-awareness, emotional regulation, and overall well-being.

Other Mindfulness Techniques

You may try:

Mindful Walking: Engage in walking meditation by bringing your awareness to each step you take, feeling the ground beneath your feet.

Mindful Eating: Slow down and savor each bite of your meal, paying attention to the flavors, textures, and sensations.

Mindful Observation: Take time to observe your surroundings with a curious eye, noticing the sights, sounds, and smells around you.

Is Mindfulness the Same as Meditation?

While mindfulness and meditation are often used interchangeably, they are not synonymous. Meditation refers to a broader set of practices aimed at cultivating mindfulness, including seated meditation, loving-kindness meditation, and body scan meditation. Mindfulness, on the other hand, is a state of awareness that can be cultivated through various meditation techniques as well as everyday activities.

The Benefits of Mindfulness

The benefits of mindfulness extend far beyond the therapy room. Research has shown that regular mindfulness practice can:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve mood and overall well-being
  • Enhance self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Strengthen focus and attention
  • Foster healthier relationships

Mindfulness and Emotion Regulation

One of the most profound ways mindfulness can support mental health is by helping individuals regulate their emotions. By cultivating non-judgmental awareness of our thoughts and feelings, we can develop greater resilience in the face of life’s challenges. Mindfulness empowers us to observe difficult emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them, allowing us to respond with clarity and compassion rather than react impulsively.

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Mindfulness and Other Mental Health Disorders

The therapeutic benefits of mindfulness extend to a wide range of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. By promoting greater self-awareness and acceptance, mindfulness-based interventions can complement traditional treatments and support long-term recovery.

Improving Attention and Focus

In today’s digital age, our attention is constantly pulled in a million different directions. Mindfulness offers a sanctuary from the distractions of modern life, helping us cultivate a deeper sense of focus and concentration. By training the mind to anchor itself in the present moment, mindfulness enhances cognitive function and improves our ability to sustain attention on the task at hand.

Mindfulness vs. Acceptance

While mindfulness and acceptance are closely related concepts, they are not identical. Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment with openness and curiosity, while acceptance entails acknowledging and embracing our experiences without judgment. While they often go hand in hand, it’s possible to practice mindfulness without fully accepting our present reality, and vice versa.

At Evergreen Therapeutics, we believe in the transformative power of mindfulness to heal, empower, and inspire. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or simply seeking greater balance in your life, mindfulness offers a pathway to wholeness and well-being. Join us on this journey towards inner peace and self-discovery, one mindful breath at a time.

If you or someone you know is looking to begin online therapy and you reside in Ontario, Canada, please do not hesitate to contact us at We offer a team of psychotherapists who treat a variety of mental health concerns with individuals, couples, and families. Visit our website for more information.