Video: Embodied Mindful Pause in psychotherapy
This section provides a 25-minute video about using Embodied Mindful Pause in therapy. Please note that, at the time the video was made, I was referring to Embodied Mindful Pause as Active Pause. For ease of use, the video is divided into several short clips. A list of all the clips, with links, is below the video screen.
The following video clip is the first one of the "Introduction & general comments" section of the video ("Introduction"). See transcript below the video.
This video clip lasts 3 minutes.
We are going to be talking about using Active Pause* in therapy.
To do this, we’re going to use a little stress ball. You know, something like this that you can squeeze. And if you don’t have one, you can use a tennis ball, or you could use a rolled up newspaper, or socks, or any kind of small object. Ideally it’s something that you can kind of squeeze, that’s not to big, but something that gives you a sense of, essentially, having a hands-on experience.
I’m making a pun about “hands-on”, and a pun about “get a grip”… but this is essentially what it’s like. We’re going into the physical experience of touching something. Actually, when I say “the physical experience of touching something”: It’s not so much the something that you’re touching. It’s actually what it feels like to be touching it. You know, what your experiencing in your hand as you feel your hand around the ball, and as you feel the hand squeezing… Squeezing a little less, squeezing a little more. What it feels like as you shift the ball from one hand to the other.
You give clients simple instructions about what to do. You’re not expecting them to necessarily “do it right” the first time. It’s not about doing it right It’s just about introducing the element of experiencing. So, the simpler the instructions the better.
Sometimes, it happens that clients are staying with one hand during the whole minute of Active Pause*. They didn’t get the part about shifting the ball from one hand to the other. And that’s OK. Again, it’s not something that has to be accomplished in a certain way. It’s a vehicle to get into the experience, paying attention to the embodied experience.
So, as I am giving you these instructions, if you have the ball in your hand, you’re following me. So just hold the ball, and squeeze a little with one hand. Close your eyes. Shift to the other hand. Feel it in your hand. You might give it some kind of a gentle squeeze, and then go back to the other hand, and so on, and so forth.
* Please note that, at the time the video was made, I was referring to Embodied Mindful Pause as Active Pause.
The above clip is part of a video made up of the following clips:
- Introduction (3 min)
- At the beginning of a session (2 min)
- As a way to interrupt automatic pilot (3 min)
- To provide containment and structure (5 min)
- To explore embodied experience (5 min)
- To process embodied experience (3 min)