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The Many benefits of Mindfulness

The term Mindfulness comes from Eastern spiritual and religious traditions like Zen Buddhism.

It refers to being completely in touch with and aware of the present moment, as well as taking a non-judgmental approach to your inner experience.

Simply put, being mindful means knowing what you are doing (and thinking and feeling) in the present moment.  “Sounds simple” you say?  Think of the last conversation that you had with your child or loved one.  How many times did you check your phone or drift off thinking of what you had to accomplish next?  Or the last time you went to a party in hopes of enjoying yourself but instead were distracted by negative thoughts such as “what do they think of me” or “I’m not good enough to be here”.  This inner dialogue distracted you from enjoying your moment.

Mindfulness practice helps us know clearly what is happening, and how we are reacting to what is happening, as it is happening, so that we might choose a skillful response instead of reacting mindlessly and ruining our moments. Many people are lost in worries about the future and regrets about the past. They are caught up in their projects and their fantasies, and their minds are not connected to their bodies. If the body is not united with the mind, we are not really alive.  Many of the therapists at Northshore Counseling and Wellness incorporate mindfulness into their treatment plans.  We use this practice not only to teach general health and happiness but to heal a host of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, PTSD, eating disorders and many others.

Life is short so learn how to get back into your life and enjoy your moments with the many benefits of mindfulness.

Dana Duet-Champagne, M.Ed, NCC, LPC

New Therapy location in Metairie

Our new office is open and providing individual, family and group therapy for New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner and surrounding areas

North Shore Counseling and wellness is available for counseling appointments beginning Monday, October 1, 2012 at our new address. We are serving existing patients from our Mandeville office for your convenience. If you work or are frequently in the Metro New Orleans area, schedule your next appointment at your convenience at our new Metairie office.

If you are a resident of the Greater New Orleans area, seeking counseling for marriage, family, relationships, addiction, bipolor disorder, collaborative divorce, medication management, assessment for ADHD, ADD or PTSD, schedule an appointment by calling or contacting our therapy office today.

South Shore Counseling & Wellness:

(504) 717-4043

433 Metairie Road
Suite 309
Metairie, LA 70005

Map and driving directions for our New Orleans North & South Shore Counseling & Wellness offices