Mindfulness Skills

Skills Training: Core Mindfulness

What is "wise mind"?

Wise Mind is that place where reasonable mind and emotion mind overlap.  It is the integration of emotion mind and reasonable mind. “Wise mind adds intuitive knowing to emotional experiencing and logical analysis” (Linehan, 1993, p. 214). Linehan states that we all have wise mind even if we have never experienced it. Some people experience wise mind following a crisis, the calm that follows the storm. “It is the experience of suddenly getting to the heart of the matter, seeing or knowing something directly and clearly” (p.215). It is where the person knows something to be true or valid. I personally have felt wise mind when I have made a decision that I absolutely know is the right thing to do. I know I am in wise mind because I don't have any sense of dread or anxiety. I just "know" I am doing the right thing.

How do we get to "wise mind"?  Mindfulness practice of  "what" and "how" skills.

Taking hold of your mind "What" skills

  • Observe - Just Notice

  • Describe - Put Words On

  • Participate - Become one with your experience

Taking hold of your mind "How" skills

  • Non-Judgementally - Don't Evaluate

  • One-Mindfully - One thing at a time

  • Effectively - Focus on what works