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Reflective Practice involves mindful awareness of one's present experience – both while it is happening and after the experience. The purpose of reflective practice is a greater capacity for

  • self-awareness
  • self-regulation
  • responding rather than reacting
  • making healthier choices
  • decreasing automaticity
  • being more attuned to one's own needs and to the needs of others.

Reflective Practice has been shown to improve mental, emotional, and physical well-being as well as the capacity for empathy, compassion, and healthy relationships with others. Being reflective allows one to be more attuned to oneself, and therefore, more attuned to others.

The power of mindful awareness to promote physiological, psychological, and interpersonal well-being seems to emerge from this freedom it can offer from the prison of rigid identification with the habits of one's own mind. … Ronald Epstein (1999) wrote a powerful piece on the importance of mindfulness in the clinician. That contribution suggested that professionals need to engage in "mindful practice" in order to bring themselves more fully, with reflective presence, to the clinical relationship… Reflection is no longer a luxury, it may be a necessity for our survival.
Daniel Siegel, the Mindful Brain

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Simply Being
a reflective practice guide
for helping professionals

Simply Being - a reflective practice guide for helping professionals

  • 112 pages
  • 50 reflective practices
  • convenient spiral binding
  • for use personally or with a group

About the Authors

"It is easy to be complicated, but it takes true insight and a depth of experience to be simple. This is what Donna Martin and Marlena Field offer in Simply Being. Through a series of carefully crafted practices, the reader has the opportunity to enter the nourishing and creative space of simple presence. This is the kind of presence that is grounding and clarifying for the practitioner as well as healing for anyone with whom they come in contact.  Although the book is written for the helping professional, it is equally useful for anyone wanting to live more fully and with more vitality in the present moment.  Simply being is simply wonderful."

~ Flint Sparks PhD, psychologist
and ordained Zen priest