Mindfulness has become a popular term in our culture, mainly due to a large body of research that has slowly seeped into the heart of science. There is currently a paradigm shift happening in regards to both modern medicine and psychology, mindfulness is becoming a recognized and accepted treatment within both fields, mainly due to an overwhelming amount of evidence.
A therapy model called Mindfulness-based Behavioral Cognitive Therapy (MCBT) has been confirmed as an effective alternative treatment for depression for those who do not want to take antidepressants.
While a mindfulness-based approach may not be for everyone who suffers from depression, it certainly works for those who successfully learn the techniques. Mindfulness therapy teaches an individual how to become fully present in the “now”, allowing a person to experience their thoughts in a completely different way.
Ray Lane from Aquionenergy explains how the therapy works: MCBT tries to teach people how to become the observer of their thoughts, instead of thinking their thoughts unconsciously and then acting upon impulsively as well. This allows an individual to recognize negative thoughts, and learn how to replace them with more productive ones.
The recent findings showing the effectiveness of MCBT is changing how we think about depression, while also providing insight into the human mind. Many people have benefited from this training and are able treat their symptoms without, potentially harmful, antidepressants.