How many times have you been in a fun interaction and you’re so worried about it ending that you miss out on the experience?
In DBT the participate skill is part of the “what” mindfulness skills and is explained as:
- Throwing yourself completely into activities of the current moment
- Becoming one with whatever you are doing
- Acting intuitively from wise mind
- Going with the flow
It’s Summertime and for some, it can be an opportunity to take that much-needed vacation, BBQ with friends or family, or attend a wedding. I encourage you to practice fully participating in the present moment and resisting the urge to worry about when it will end. So much of our lives are spent worrying about the past, or the future and not being fully present in the here and now. This can be challenging, and the more you practice the easier it gets.
“What you practice grows stronger.” – Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D
Written By: Kristin Guenther, MA, AMFT, RADT
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