A Personal Journey to Mindfulness: Implications for Social Work Practice

  • Steven F. Hick Carleton University

Abstract

The author of this narrative (literally) had to be hit over the head to come across mindfulness. It changed the way he interacts with the world and highlighted significant implications for how he teaches and practices social work. Although he had several misconceptions about meditation based on his experience in the 1970s, his search for a way to heal from a head injury and post concussion syndrome led him to try mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is about paying attention with a kind of penetrative awareness of what is happening in the moment. With mindfulness he healed, and noticed other unexpected changes. After his recovery, he began to explore how he might develop these practices in his work as a social worker and social work educator.

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