Brentwood psychologist’s take on "mindfulness" is featured on MTSU radio program


Brentwood psychologist’s take on "mindfulness" is featured on MTSU radio program

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

An MTSU professor who also practices at Southeast Psych in Brentwood will argue that it’s the moment that matters on the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

 Host Gina Logue’s interview with Cameron Gordon, an associate professor of psychology, will air from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.

Gordon instructs people on how to engage in both formal and informal mindfulness meditation practices.

Describing “mindfulness” as “an intentional awareness of the present moment” with curiosity as a component, Gordon leads his clients in meditation exercises designed to help them focus on the immediate in a world full of multitasking and future planning.

Gordon said there has been an explosion of data on the subject in the scientific community in the past 20 years.

“In our physical health, it’s been applied successfully to assisting with treatments for everything from heart disease and epilepsy to cancer and diabetes,” Gordon said. “In our mental health, it’s been applied to … difficulties managing your emotions, when your moods really swing up and down, as well as substance abuse, depression, all sorts of things.”

Gordon cautioned that he does not promote mindfulness and meditation as cures for physical diseases, but they have been proven to help people who are ill cope with the stress of their illnesses.

Southeast Psych, at 5409 Maryland Way, treats children, adolescents and adults.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to http://bit.ly/mtsu-otr.

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