When Sitting With Difficulty is Not Enough: Adding the Action Step

When sitting with difficulty is not enough,  we need to accept the situation, realizing we have done all we can to re-gain perspective.  Then we consider wise action.Without action we miss the power of mindfulness in psychotherapy. The process is explained in Working The Present.


by Donald Fleck, Diplomate in Clinical Social Work  –  Endorsed by Zindel Segal, Ph.D.

Available on Amazon:

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The eBook price is  $6.99.     The print price is  $21.

Book Cover

 Zindel V. Segal, Ph.D., author of

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression,

has endorsed this book:

In Working the Present, Mindfully Based, Donald Fleck succeeds in staying true to the intentions of MBCT while adapting it for use in individual therapy.  The book can be used with clients who have serious mindfulness meditation practices as well as those just getting started, as Fleck has taken many of the core elements of MBCT — the 3-Minute Breathing Space, Kindness and Self-Compassion, Working with Difficulty, Allowing/Letting Be, Thoughts are not Facts, Kindness in Action — and found ways to use them effectively within the basic dyadic encounter.

Packed with clinical vignettes and a user friendly narrative structure, Working the Present, Mindfully Based, provides a clear path towards offering this novel delivery format for MBCT’s key concepts and practices.
Zindel V. Segal, Ph.D., Author of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression 

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Pressed for time? Here’s the executive summary…

  1. Aware – We increase our awareness of the present. When we are present, we perceive more, we perceive differently. When our clients are aware, they have stepped out of automatic pilot.
  1. Allow – When we practice allowing our experience to continue, without chasing after it, or running away from it, we find we have more strength to work with it. Same thing for our clients.
  1. Accept – When we accept our experience as it is, just for now, or go a step further and accept ourselves, our energy can move from resistance to relief and finding solutions. Same for our clients.
  1. Act – When ready, we act. Our actions propel us forward in life. Getting the next action right is really important. This is how change starts. This is how change continues. With awareness, allowing, and acceptance we are grounded and better able to choose helpful actions. Clients, too.

© Donald Fleck

Why this book?

Mindfulness-Based therapies are getting a lot of attention these days, to say the least, and they are very effective in a group format. But clients meeting one-on-one expect sessions geared to their unique needs.

So, over the years I have sought out new ways to use the powerful elements of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy within the individual session. They are explained in this book.

Read the beginning of this book, or order it, on Amazon.

CD for Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Guided Meditations for Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, by Donald Fleck

You can buy and download a complete set of guided meditations for Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, tracks by Donald Fleck, from CD Baby.

Note: clicking on the graphic below takes you to CD Baby, my distributor. At their site you can see the listing of tracks and album description, and decide if you want to buy certain tracks, or the whole CD.

Donald Fleck: Mindfulness- Based Cognitive Therapy tracks by Donald

Great source for mindfulness news

The University of Vermont has a Mindfulness Center for students, run by Miv London, one of the people who trained me in MBCT. Miv does a great job of finding interesting thinking about mindfulness, such as a recent one documenting that sex and mindfulness are the same to your brain. If you want to stay in the loop of mindfulness news, especially news that would be of interest to younger folks, join the UVM Mindfulness Practice Center, and click to receive updates. And thanks, Miv.

CD of mindfulness meditations now available.

Here is a link to my CD of mindfulness meditations.
“The Ocean” is about being in a safe place.
“Feel, Heal” is about a way to be with emotions.
“May I” is a short meditation for compassion.
Then, there are some chimes of mindfulness.
And a meditation on the breath.

By the way, clicking “buy” will take you to the info page… you haven’t bought it yet!

Donald Fleck DCSW: Mindfulness Meditations