felicia mueller, psy.d.

 

Mindfulness is a key concept because frequently, before constructive change can happen, awareness and acceptance of the present moment is necessary.  Yet in our fast-paced culture there is little support for being still and cultivating one’s ability to be more aware.  Sometimes inner or outer factors block an individual’s ability or willingness to cultivate mindfulness. 


Nonetheless, mindfulness is a skill that can be learned and developed.  If we work together beyond testing, mindfulness may or may not be something that you choose to practice and develop. 


Western psychology is the foundation of my formal doctoral level training.  This  formal training influences and is influenced by my lifelong study of Yoga, Buddhism, and of eastern psychologies such as Morita therapy.  Understanding the places where eastern and western approaches dovetail and where they clash enriches one’s ability to navigate changes associated with the aging process.



 

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A Note on Mindfulness from Dr. Mueller:



Mindfulness is a simple concept, but not always so easy to practice.  By mindfulness, I mean moment-by-moment awareness of what is going on within and outside of oneself.  Practicing mindfulness requires acceptance of the present moment, without trying to change anything.  If the present moment is calm and pleasant then practicing mindfulness may be easy.  But when the present moment holds suffering or something unexpected, then mindfulness can be highly challenging or even impossible.