What made you decide to become a counselor?
At the risk of sounding so stereotypical, I guess I have always kind of known that’s what I would do J
From a young age I was involved in volunteering, leadership, and fundraising—mostly because my mom was always involved in our community like that. As I got older, that developed into more of a fascination with why people act, think, and feel the way they do. I started reading more books about psychology, watching movies and documentaries, learning about social issues, and getting involved in more community activism.
Before I went to college, I volunteered for a grassroots non-profit that focused on rehabilitation for child soldiers rescued in Africa. I also did some overseas volunteering, and realized somewhere along the way, thankfully before I graduated college, that I could do more than just raise resources and awareness for issues like these, and that I could actually help the people who are struggling with them. And now, several years and graduate schools later, here we are!
Written by Jiovann Carrasco, LPC-S
Mindfulness is no longer some alternative, hippy dippy, new age practice. Mindfulness is mainstream. Its influence can be seen across industries from psychology to education, from corporate wellness programs to NFL coaching strategies. Mindfulness is a multi-billion dollar industry. And you have every right to be skeptical of that fact.
Most people have at least heard of mindfulness and can take certain context clues from headlines or Internet memes to surmise what they think it means without having to go through any proper training in it. And this is where widespread misinterpretations prevail.
The following are five of the most common myths that I end up having to correct for anytime I give a talk or training in mindfulness:
Myth #1: Mindfulness is about clearing your mind.
You can force yourself not to think about as well as you can force yourself not to feel your legs. Thoughts and sensations just happen and there is not much you can do to eliminate them. The very instruction “Don’t think,” is a thought. You already blew it. So no, mindfulness is not about clearing your mind or stopping your thoughts. It’s about noticing your thoughts, rather than thinking them.
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